MOLZBERGER AKADEMIE | SUMMER STUDENT RESIDENCY
Every summer Molzberger Akademie hosts students for a study abroad residency in Germany who are pursuing a degree in any of the following fields:
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Contemporary Crafts
- Culinary Arts
- Creative Writing
- Art History
- Philosophy + Theology
- Music + Theory
- World History
- Film + Video
- Economics + Political Science
We are proud to host a diverse group of scholars and artists during each session of Molzberger Akademie summer residency. Interested applicants should be comfortable working in a close-knit, intimate environment and motivated to complete work independently. While at Molzberger Akademie, students will have a unique opportunity to have their work exhibited, performed, and/or published internationally. Many of our previous residents have mentioned their work was influenced by their experience at Molzberger Akademie for years after they visit.
Students are invited to study abroad during the months of June, July, and August for a three-week residency. Professors/universities who are interested in bringing a specific group of students for the three-week time frame and/or a mini semester, please click HERE.
ROOM | BOARD | AMENITIES
The residency includes room and board, weekly trips to town, lectures from expert artists and scholars, mentoring sessions with Hans Molzberger (founder), as well as sightseeing excursion trips. The destinations of the student excursion trips vary from session to session. The house is equipped with WIFI, 2 washer and dryers, a fully-equipped kitchen, a tea kitchen upstairs and several bathrooms with showers (bedding, towels, toilet paper and a hairdryer are available). Students must be prepared to share living quarters, studio space and the kitchen at Molzberger Akademie.
Bicycles are available to residents and they are encouraged to explore the area. Molzberger Akademie is within biking distance of several scenic and historic medieval towns. Artists can also bike to a grocery store, pastry shop, ice cream parlor, hardware store, post office and public swimming pool. There is a residency van available for weekly trips to the larger grocery store, hardware stores and bank in nearby Salzwedel (12 miles outside of Hilmsen). For a full list of our studio facilities click HERE. Please see a list of nearby sites in our Regional Travel Guide.
The Molzberger Akademie summer residency will cost approximately 3,000 USD. All room and board and amenities are included in this cost. Your payment should be made to our non-profit umbrella organization Art-Netzwerk 501(c)(3). For more information about the cost to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: MA Cost.
Many of our students apply for scholarship assistance through their University, find individual sponsors, organize group fundraisers (with fellow students who also apply), and/or utilize online crowdsourcing campaigns (KICKSTARTER, INDIEGOGO, GOFUNDME) to help defray the costs of the residency and travel. If you decide to use crowdsourcing to raise funds for participation, please send us the link to your campaign so we may spread the word and help you reach your goal! Email us at email@example.com with the subject line: CROWDSOURCE.
Please make use of our free downloadable patron packet (PDF) which summarizes our mission and also lists our facilities. Other media is available below.
The cost of transportation to and from Molzberger Akademie is the responsibility of the students. Other financial costs which are paid by the students include: project materials, food and drink, any personal expenses incurred during the residency period and medical expenses. Students are advised to carry international travelers insurance in case of emergency. Please see our FAQs page for information about how to ship materials to Molzberger Akademie.
CURRENCY + BANKS
Residents should exchange a portion of their currency to Euro (€) before leaving home or at the airport when they arrive in Germany. While some of the stores in the area do accept debit/credit cards many only accept Euro. There are ATM machines in Salzwedel which accept debit/credit cards and allow withdrawal of cash. Students must inform their banks of their travel plans in order to use ATM machines while traveling.
- Children cannot be accommodated at Molzberger Akademie.
- Overnight visits by friends, colleagues or family members are not possible. There are several inns nearby in Salzwedel (12 miles from Molzberger Akademie) available for visitors.
- Pets are not allowed.
- Those with food allergies or other dietary restrictions should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting an application.
- Those who have problems walking up and down stairs or steep inclines should contact us at email@example.com before submitting an application.
- At a minimum, students must be able to speak conversational English to communicate in this international community, where the common language is usually English.
- Drug use is not permitted at our facilities.
- Smoking is allowed in designated areas. Alcohol is allowed but is not permitted in excess.
- Respect the studio and personal space of the facilitators as well as the other residents.
GROUNDS + FACILITIES
15,000 SQUARE METERS OF SPACE
IRON + BRONZE CASTING
MUSIC REHEARSAL SPACE + STEINWAY PIANOS
PHOTO DARK ROOM
PROFESSIONAL FILM + VIDEO EDITING EQUIPMENT
PAINTING + DRAWING STUDIOS
SCULPTURE YARD + TOOLS
Atelierhaus Hilmsen can accommodate your project and working processes regardless of how specific or challenging. Please share your vision. Send us an email with the subject line labeled ‘POSSIBILITIES’ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston Baptist University | Houston, Texas
Texas A&M University | Corpus Christi, Texas
University of Texas at San Antonio | San Antonio, Texas
Kilgore College | Kilgore, Texas
Lamar University | Beaumont, Texas
Tarrant County College | Fort Worth, Texas
Universities interested in becoming affiliates should contact Hans Molzberger at email@example.com.
About the Program
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding costs.
For Universities and Arts & Humanities Organizations
Defraying the Costs of Travel and Other Expenses
Artists who demonstrate exceptional talent may apply for assistance through Art Netzwerk. This helps defray the cost of the residency. Art Netzwerk provides at least one fellowship annually and accepts applications year-round. See www.artnetzwerk.org/affiliations/ for more information.
SHIP SUPPLIES TO:
29413 Wallstawe OT Hilmsen
Contact: Hans Molzberger (cell): +490 16096775507
ART SUPPLY COMPANIES IN GERMANY
Hans Wolbring Clay + Glazes
Detailed instructions for taking the train from Hamburg to Salzwedel (12 miles from the residency):
Upon arrival to the nearby town of Salzwedel, residents will be picked up and driven to Atelierhaus Hilmsen. When residents arrive at the Hamburg airport, they must follow the green signs for the S Bahn. Take the elevator down and find the large red machines to purchase a train ticket. Train tickets are approximately €25-50 euros depending on the type of train, class and route.
- Press English option below.
- Press ALL DB OFFERS (a small button on the bottom left corner)
- Press POINT OF DEPARTURE-DESTINATION
- Input the text: SALZWEDEL
- Follow the instructions
- Travelers may opt for longer time between trains if they have extra luggage or prefer not to rush.
- Scroll through the options to find cheaper fares. Hit the arrow on left to get more details and then press the PRINT TIME TABLE button to keep with you (strongly recommended). Note the stops and duration of the trips.
- Option: choose a route that passes through the town of Uelzen. The Uelzen train station is a work of art!
Go down to the train and hop on the S1. You must get to the Hauptbanhoff (central station). It is the stop after the Berliner Tor stop. Hop off and hop on the other side and proceed toward the opposite direction. If for some reason you miss the stop – once you are off the train, go up the escalator to the main part of the central station (inside where all the stores and shops are located). You will be on the top level and will have to go down to your proper platform.
See the timetable information that you printed to find the correct platform to board the train. Follow the numbers on the blue signs. Notice the time you have between stops because you may need to hurry if your departure is soon. First class is on top. Second class on bottom. You will pass and stop at several towns. At some point during the ride the train attendant will ask for your ticket.
The only switch you make should be in Uelzen. If there is any doubt as to whether you are on the right train just ask a friendly German if it is going in your direction but the signs should be clear.
FYI: the official site to purchase train tickets in Germany is https://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/ .