Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Studio Joy Residency

Studio Joy is opening the doors for a foundational residency this March and inviting two artists to gather for a week to experiment and collaborate. This residency will allow for exploration of ideas and concentrated time away from daily distractions in a unique work/live space. Residents will be joined in the studio by Amanda Jolley for a minimum of 3 hours each day.

Spring 2022 Itinerary:

March 18 – Arrive to the studio
March 19-202-day Asemic Writing with Encaustic Exploration workshop taught by Amanda Jolley. 10 students maximum including residents in this workshop setting. Cost of workshop included in residency fee. No need to register for both.
March 21 – Goal setting and studio setup with Amanda Jolley
March 22-25 – Open studio in a communal, shared studio setting
March 26 – Wrap up/review of work. Local critique group may be invited depending on Covid risk. Celebratory dinner provided by personal chef.
March 27 – Residents depart

Do I need a Covid vaccination to attend?
Yes, you will need to supply proof of Covid vaccination before arriving to Studio Joy. 

What kind of experience can I expect?
Studio Joy aims to provide a space for exploration in a communal setting. Sharing ideas and creative space while working alongside each other is the foundation of Studio Joy’s residency experience. The residency will begin with a 2-day workshop taught by Amanda Jolley (cost of workshop included in residency fee). For the remaining days of the residency, Amanda Jolley will be in the studio for a minimum of 3 hours each day and will be available for guidance and recommendations during that time. Amanda will also lead residents in personal excavation through a series of daily questions and prompts. Some relevant, offsite field trips may be organized such as trips to local museums and galleries depending on Covid risk.

How can I plan my arrival to Studio Joy?
For those booking airfare, fly into Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Local rideshare services such as Lyft can be secured for transport to the studio. The cost is approximately $40 USD for Lyft.

Residents who are driving to the studio will have secured off-street outdoor parking available.

What does Studio Joy provide?
Studio Joy provides on-site lodging, wi-fi, access to a fully-equipped kitchen, on-site laundry facilities including scent-free detergent, and access to a printer. Studio Joy also provides all blankets, towels, and bedding and has soap/shampoo available if needed. Each bedroom contains a small desk/chair, queen size bed, and power strips with USB ports. Box fans are available upon request.

Studio Joy provides on-site 24 hour access to studio use including studio tools, 10 lbs of encaustic medium per resident and butane cans (fits standard Iwatani torch head). Additional encaustic medium will be available for purchase at wholesale cost if needed.

Tools available for use include heat guns, scraping tools, some brushes, hot palettes, hot boxes, electric skillet, some tins for paints, some mark making tools, cutting mat and rotary blade. Other consumable supplies provided include paper towels and nitrile disposable gloves (M/L available) and an abundance of collage fodder.

Studio Joy does not provide personal laptops or electronic devices, or consumable art materials beyond the encaustic medium and those listed above. 

What is the studio/living space like?

The studio is 1800 square feet. The tables available for working are adjustable to chair or standing height. Stools and chairs are available. The studio also has a dining/study table, lounge area, drum kit and working organ for musical play. A receiver and speakers are available for playing music in the studio. A hot water kettle and small microwave are also available for use in the studio.

The residential space is connected to the studio. Up one flight of stairs is the kitchen, dining area, and seating area with tv. One resident bedroom/bathroom is located on this floor. The bathroom is available for public use. One resident bedroom/bathroom is located on the 2nd floor of the living space, up one more flight of stairs. The bathroom is private. Laundry facilities are also located on the 2nd floor.  

Other public spaces include porch and rooftop seating areas and back lot fire pit. Use of these areas is weather dependent.

What should I bring?
Personal items: Any medication, toiletries, weather-appropriate clothing, and supplies/materials needed during the residency. There are art supply stores within close proximity to the studio. Journal/sketchbook recommended.

Do I need to buy my own food?
Yes. Residents do need to buy and prepare their own food for meals. Groceries can be ordered online and delivered same day in lieu of going out. Staples such as sugar, coffee and tea and some snacks will be provided. A stocked, fully-equipped shared kitchen will be available for use. Refrigerator and freezer space will be available. Please communicate any serious food allergies so the kitchen may be properly prepared before arrival.

How do I get around Kansas City?
When foot power is not an option, bikes can be rented or transportation hired through the rideshare provider such as Lyft. Cost of rental/hired transportation services are the resident’s responsibility. Car rental is not necessary, but is an option for those who plan several outings per day. Group coordination or sharing of transportation is ideal.

What are the COVID protocols for Studio Joy?
We are monitoring the latest safety protocols and guidelines and will follow local mandates and CDC recommendations while our residency is in session to maintain the safest environment for our artists. Currently, Studio Joy requires mask wearing for workshops and group gatherings. Any updates or changes to the COVID protocols will be communicated to the residents prior to travel.

May I smoke?
There is no smoking or vaping allowed inside the studio or residential area. Residents are welcome to smoke outdoors.  

What is your drug and alcohol policy?
Studio Joy does not allow illegal drugs on the premises. Studio Joy also does not allow drug or alcohol consumption while working with torches, hot palettes, heat guns, or any other tool that could be potentially hazardous. We do not monitor drug and alcohol consumption outside of the studio space, but do ask that residents consume responsibly.

Statement of non-discrimination: 
Studio Joy is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, neurotype, physical ability or disability.

What about accommodations for disabilities?
Studio Joy aims to accommodate residents physical or sensory needs. Ex: perfume free studio for sensory needs, comfortable chair at low table for physical needs, etc. Please inquire about pertinent accommodation requests to ensure possibility before booking this residency. Unfortunately, the space is not yet fully accessible for those who use a wheelchair, but we are glad to say we are working in that direction.

What is the cancellation policy?
Studio Joy has a 100% refund policy less transaction fees for all applicants if the residency needs to be cancelled due to COVID. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to further ensure a refund of personal transportation costs. Outside of a COVID cancellation, residents will receive a full refund less related transaction fees if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the residency. At no later than 15 days prior to the workshop, 50% of registration less related transaction fees will be refunded. Request to withdraw less than 15 days prior to the residency will not be eligible for refunds. 

Residency Registration Fee in USD $2500

About Amanda, residency host:

Website (you’re already here)
IG: @amandajolley
FB: Amanda Jolley, Artist

Amanda Jolley utilizes the process of intuitive painting as a communicative device to express the patterns and metaphors emerging from her subconscious. Amanda’s mediums of choice include both encaustic painting and paper folding which she incorporates into this intuitive process. A staple in her work has become the use of embedded line-work as an expression of internal symbols and mimicry of the creases produced from paper folding. Amanda’s paintings are shown internationally both in solo and group exhibits. She also has a large-scale (12×6 sq ft) commissioned permanent installation at the University of Kansas Medical Hospital. She instructs and hosts workshops that draw an international audience from her studio in Kansas City MO US.