AR/VR Artist Research Residency Pilot

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Residents were announced October 28, 2016.


Application deadline: October 22, 2016 (6:00pm Pacific Time)**
Residents announced: October 28, 2016
First residency session*: November 9-18 (orientation/training: November 9-11), 2016
Second residency session*: December 7-16 (orientation/training: December 7-9), 2016
Conclave (all residents): tentatively January 12, 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm
*Residents attend only one session.
**This is the extended deadline.


Oregon Story BoardEyebeam and Upfor Gallery are collaborating on a pilot residency to familiarize artists with augmented reality and virtual reality platforms. Residencies last 10 days and take place in Portland, Oregon. Two separate residency sessions will offered in November and December, 2016. Residents are not required to produce artwork during or after the residency. In January 2017, residents are invited to participate (in person or by Skype) in a discussion of their experiences.


The residency’s mission is to contribute to a diversity of perspectives and critical thinking on the effect of augmented- and virtual reality developments on artistic production. The residency will provide selected artists a short but intense period of research and experimentation with training and support from expert volunteers. The residency consists of access to resources; living space is available for a limited number of residents thanks to the generosity of Rainmaker Residency. 

Although finished work may be the outcome, artists are not required to produce related work during or after the residency. The goal is for artists to familiarize themselves with tools and technology to which they’re provided access. Residents are required to submit a short narrative or visual overview of their experience at the conclusion of the residency, and to participate in a conclave with other artists and interested parties at the end of both residency periods.


Prior experience with augmented- and virtual reality in an artistic production is not required, and in fact given the nature of the residency, artists with little or no experience in these areas are especially encouraged to apply.

The pilot residency is open to visual artists, interdisciplinary artists and small collaborative teams:

  • From any location. For practical reasons fluency in English is required for this pilot.
  • Currently working in any medium(s).
  • With recognized standing and substantial professional accomplishments.
  • If a collaborative team, no more than two artists. Teams should submit one application together, identifying both artists and presenting only collaborative work samples.


  • Two separate sessions, each with three to four residents, will be offered in November and December 2016. Residents will attend only one, 10 day session. Residents are required to be in Portland, Oregon for the duration of the session.
  • Residents will work out of Oregon Story Board and will have business hours (and possibly weekend daytime) access to facilities and support during the 10 days of the residency. No access is possible after the residency session concludes.
  • Artists will access to the HoloLens, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR platforms.
  • Artists will undergo a three-day basic orientation to all platforms, with limited technical support available thereafter.
  • In mid- to late January 2017, all residents will be asked to attend a half-day conclave with the pilot program organizers  and other interested parties to present their overviews, discuss the experience and offer recommendations for future iterations of the residency. Residents who cannot attend in person will be asked to attend by Skype.

Applicants can indicate preference for a session or indicate flexibility. While every effort is made to accommodate applicants’ scheduling requests, we are not always able to grant first choices.

Jury: Residents are chosen by a panel consisting artists, visual arts and technology professionals and collectors. Residents will be selected according to the eligibility criteria above, and with attention to diversity in all forms, at the sole discretion of the jury.

Housing and funding: Due to the short timeline to get this pilot planned and completed, we cannot guarantee housing or funding. A budget of approximately $2,500 per session will be used to help offset some residents' travel and living expenses through stipends. In addition, up to two living spaces will be available thanks to the generosity of Rainmaker Residency. Housing and stipends will be allocated according to need and merit; not all residents will receive housing or stipends, and stipends will not be equally distributed amongst residents. Housing is not adjacent to the residency workspace and residents will be solely responsible for transportation. Applicants will be informed of availability of housing and stipend on notification of acceptance. We are fully aware that the short timeline and lack of funding and housing pose barriers for many otherwise eligible artists, and hope to provide solutions to these barriers in future iterations of the program.

2016 Session 1 Residents

Charles Harrop-Griffiths
Ji Yeon Lim (Yaloo)
Rosa Menkman
Victoria Scott

2016 Session 2 Residents

Kristin Lucas
Freya Björg Olafson
William Pappenheimer
Ryan Woodring