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Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Welcomes Applicants

The Rickie Report is pleased to share this opportunity with professional artists, age 25 or older, who work in paint.  The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts is offering a Residency Program.  The details are in this article as well as a short history of the innovations that Sam Golden’s vision brought to the art world.  When you are accepted, The Rickie Report would like to share your experience with our readers!



 The Sam and Adele Golden


Residency Program


DEADLINE:  September 23, 2013


General Applicant Restrictions:

  •  The residency is restricted to professional artists, 25 years of age or older, working in paint.
  • The Golden Foundation Residency does not accept applications from commercial artists.
  •  The Golden Foundation Residency does not fund travel expenses, or pay for the cost of commissions or projects ordered by others.



During the second phase of the selection process, the selection committee and Executive Director review all aspects of the applications. A final selection of applicants will participate in a short phone interview with the Executive Director. In addition, applicants’ references may be contacted. Residencies are selected through a two-stage competitive selection process. During the first selection round, portfolios of submitted images will be judged by an independent committee of highly regarded art professionals. During this first round, artists will be selected solely on the basis of portfolio.


Financial considerations:

  • Financial status is not a consideration in the selection process.  If selected for a residency, artists applying for financial support may be required to submit supporting financial documentation.
  • The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status.
  • The fee of a residency is $3,500. This fee covers only a portion of the cost of each residency stay. Due to the limited funds available for financial support, we ask that artists seriously consider the amount of their request for financial aid. The Golden Foundation greatly appreciates financial support provided by all artists who contribute to the program.


How to apply:

  • Residency applications are accepted only through our online application system. This system will require you to create a user account, which will enable you to save a partially completed application and return to it later.
  • We strongly recommend downloading the application prior to starting in order to gather all the required information. You will be able to copy and paste information into the online application. You may download a copy of the application here.


Digital Image Guidelines

  • The application will require that you upload 8 digital images for review by the selection committee. Before starting the online application, we encourage all applicants to make certain that these files are correctly formatted
  •  Images must be submitted as jpegs.
  •  Slideshows and Powerpoint presentations are not accepted.
  •  Each jpeg may be no larger than 1600 pix in any direction.
  •  Image resolution must be between 72 and 100 dpi.
  • Each file must be less than 1MB
  • Each file must be labeled with the applicant’s last name followed by a period, first initial, underscore, and number Example: SMITH.J_1.JPG, SMITH.J_2.JPG


A complete application must contain the following information and files:

  •  Contact and biographical information.
  • Artist statement.
  • Eight digital image files of your work. Detailed requirements for images are outlined below.
  • Three references whom we may contact. References will only be contacted for applicants who have been selected for residency.
  • Current resume or CV in pdf or tiff format.
  • Applicants have the option of submitting up to three letters of recommendation. Please use pdf or tiff format.
  • A $30 application fee, charged at the end of the application process, payable via credit card.

Go To Application

International applicants:

  • All correspondence, technical assistance, workshops, and lectures are provided in English only.
  • Program parameters are based on available funding and other conditions, and thus are subject to change.


*A Look At The Foundation:  a legacy in paint

The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts was conceived as a way to thank the community of artists for their support, encouragement and friendship.  For the Golden family and friends, the Golden Foundation is also a means of celebrating the legacy of Sam and Adele.

Sam Golden

Sam Golden, circa 1952
Sam Golden began his paint-making career in 1936 at Bocour Artist Colors, a company he co- owned with his uncle, Leonard Bocour. Sam and Leonard began by producing hand-ground oil colors for artists in Manhattan. It was a very exciting time in the arts, as the New York School of Painters was rising to prominence, and New York was becoming the art center of the world. Artists like Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman and Morris Louis were regular visitors at the Bocour shop on 15th Street. Artists would set up their drawing pads or easels and draw or paint in the tiny shop.
work directly with artists

Sam Golden with colleagues at Bocour Artist Colors, circa 1938
It was Sam’s work directly with artists and the products he developed in collaboration with these painters that became the inspiration for his entire paint-making career. Sam, the specialist and inventor is credited with the development of the first artist acrylic paint, the first iridescent artist colors, the first stable alizarin color in acrylic, the first stable zinc white in acrylic, and the development of water tension breaker.

Original Factory

The first Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, 1980
After 35 years as a paint maker, Sam retired from his partnership at Bocour Artist Colors. He and his wife, Adele, bought a farm in upstate New York, in the small village of Columbus. After trying retirement for seven years, and at the age of sixty-seven, Sam decided to go back into the business he loved, making paint for artists. Adele, the consummate business woman, supplied the financial and organizational acumen to both support her husband’s life’s work and to realize her own dream of starting a Golden family enterprise. Thus began the formation of Golden Artist Colors, Inc. In 1980, Sam invited his son, Mark, to join with him in the formation of the new company, Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
The founders at the mixer

The founders of Golden Artist Colors. Mark, Adele, Sam, and Barbara around the mixer, 1980
From its earliest days, the mission of Golden Artist Colors was to grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality. To accomplish this mission, Sam and Mark would visit artists every week in Manhattan, showing them products and asking artists, “How do you work?” Through this dialogue new products were developed and brought to the artists for experimentation. Word quickly spread of a new company that would customize products for professional artists. The product line that began with just 36 colors and five mediums quickly expanded, all generated by the needs of professional artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Ken Noland and Roy Lichtenstein.
mark and sam draw downs

Mark and Sam Golden, 1985
Sam’s rebuff to any technical dilemma was, “Don’t tell me it can’t be done, just get out of my way and let me do it!” And Sam did get it done. Since 1980, his company developed over 1,000 custom paints for artists, conservators, and many individuals and businesses requiring the special services of custom coatings.It is no surprise that Sam’s company is the benchmark by which all other brands are measured. Golden Artist Colors’ commitment to the original tenets of Sam Golden — to listen to the creative customer and to be the best resource for artists in the world — remains strong and constant. Members of the Golden Family have created The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation to commemorate their parents’ legacy and the innovative traditions of Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

* Information from the Golden Foundation Website

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