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Sustaining Local Food Systems

The 2020 North Louisiana Artist-in-Residence theme is Sustaining Local Food Systems. The Residency will be four weeks during the month of March with artists exploring the local food system in North Louisiana.

North Louisiana with major cities, highways, and rivers.

Deadline to Apply is December 30th 2019

The goal of the 2020 North Louisiana AiR is to provide two artists the opportunity to focus on a body of work relating to the theme while engaging with communities in North Louisiana. This affords the chance for both the enrichment of the artist’s craft and understanding of the local culture while also enhancing the local arts communities through the interactions.

“...refreshing, self-reflective and powerful.”
— Leah Floyd, 2019 resident

Specifically, during this residency the artists are challenged to learn and explore the local food system that includes the variety of farms, markets, restaurants, and the informal food system that exists between community members.

The resident artists will be provided the following opportunities:

  • Tour local farms spanning multiple parishes learning from the farmers who are at the core of our local food system

  • Attend the Back To Your Roots conference on sustainable agriculture

  • Meet with local chefs who utilize locally sourced ingredients

  • Visit farmers markets

  • Connect with local artists

  • Interact with regional individuals and organizations working to increase the strength of North Louisiana’s local food system.

Historic downtown Ruston with beautifully restored buildings full of shopping, restaurants, arts, nonprofits, and other businesses. It is physically and culturally the heart of Ruston just minutes from Louisiana Tech’s campus and I-20.

Historic downtown Ruston with beautifully restored buildings full of shopping, restaurants, arts, nonprofits, and other businesses. It is physically and culturally the heart of Ruston just minutes from Louisiana Tech’s campus and I-20.

Ross Lynn Foundation

Grows Lives
That Give Back

Post Residency: After the completion of the residency, we work with our artists to offer the opportunity for them to return to North Louisiana to present an exhibition, displaying the work developed from their residency. The exhibition will be held in the host community with the space fitting the medium and nature of the work. This allows not only a public viewing of the created artwork, but also the chance for the artist to return to the host community to reconnect and share in reflecting on the experience.

Artist Qualifying Requirements:

The artist must be presently developing a body of work on a topic applicable to the theme “Sustaining Local Food Systems”. There is an application fee of $50 that helps partially fund the artist stipends and exhibition costs. As the farms and communities in North Louisiana are connected primarily by road and regional public transportation is limited, the artist must be able to drive between communities during the AiR. The artist will provide their own equipment and related supplies.

RLCF will provide:

  • Housing in the form of a private room in a shared house (includes utilities, internet, and some additionals).

  • Community dinners with RLCF members and other groups.

  • A stipend for living expenses of $500 ($125/wk).

  • One event/activity the artist co-plans with RLCF to engage with the local community in a constructive manner.

  • One ticket to the Back To Your Roots 2020 Conference.

  • One day of visiting with RLCF members and staff to learn about the foundation and Ross Lynn.

Expected Outcomes:

The artist will provide an original work developed during or inspired by the AiR within three months of the residency stay. The original work should be representative of their style and reflective of their residency. The North Louisiana Artist-in-Residence aims to enrich the lives of both the resident artist and the local communities that host the artist. It is important that the dialog between artist and community does not have to end simply because the residency period is complete. To facilitate a greater level of engagement and awareness for the theme and developed craft of each year’s residency, RLCF provides the opportunity for the resident artist to display their developed work in an exhibition in North Louisiana following the completion of their residency. The Ross Lynn Foundation is flexible with timing, location, and the nature of the exhibition depending on the development work and the artist’s schedule. The artist will retain ownership of copyright for their donated work, but RLCF will be granted permission for ongoing use for program promotion, public outreach, and development of sales, with proceeds benefiting RLCF programing.


The 2019 residents will be housed in a small three bedroom house in Ruston with a private bedroom for each artist. Rent, utilities, and internet will be covered during the residency. Note: The house belongs to a staff member of RLCF, he and his three legged dog, Charlie, will also be living in the house during the residency. Charlie is roughly 25 lbs and stays in her kennel when her dad isn’t home.

Application Details

  • Applicant must be over 18 and currently residing in the United States

  • Complete the application process

  • Artists will be considered based on their work submitted and their interest in the program

  • Selected artists will correspond with Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation staff on logistics and arrangements

Your application must include:

  • Resume including related experience and website information (provided you have a website)

  • 1 page proposal including a one or two paragraph project description outlining your purpose for the residency

  • Submit images of 7-10 examples of artwork, file name should include title and creation date for each work submitted

Criteria used for determining eligibility

  • Quality of existing body of work

  • Evidence that this residency is a natural fit in the artist’s existing work

  • Alignment between artist’s proposal for the residency and Ross Lynn Foundation’s goal of cultivating the arts and culture of North Louisiana


  • Resident needs to arrange their own transportation to and from Ruston, Louisiana

Timeline for 2020 Program

  • Application deadline is December 30th, 2019

  • Notification of acceptance by phone or email by January 24th, 2020

  • Artist commitment to the residency is due February 7th, 2020

  • Residency begins March 1st, 2020

Contact information


Phone: 601-613-1954