by Laura Hutson
Those careful Country Life readers who've been tuning into Fort Roll-Up, the weekly podcast we produce with Fort Houston, may already know about the artist residency that Nina Mayer has been developing for the past several months. It's called Watershed, an appropriate title for the movement Mayer hopes it will unleash: a single-occupancy residency in rural Watertown, Tenn., about 45 minutes from Nashville, that affords emerging and mid-career artists the time and space to work on their craft and engage with the local creative community.
The first artist to benefit from Watershed's mission is Louis M. Schmidt, whose work has been shown in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In the press release announcing his residency, Mayer says Schmidt is "actively involved in the self-publishing world, producing numerous limited-edition zines and other ephemera, and showing regularly at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA P.S.1." It's handy, then, that he'll be in residence for the months of October and November — just in time for the Southern Festival of Books and Watkins' Handmade & Bound Festival.
If you'd like to apply for a Watershed residency, fill out an application here.