MOLZBERGER AKADEMIE | SUMMER STUDENT RESIDENCY

HOW TO APPLY


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
  • Architecture
  • Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Contemporary Crafts
  • Literature
  • 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.

SCHEDULE

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants may apply year-round. Send your application in an email to info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with “MA Apply” in the subject line. Please include all of the information below:

| GENERAL INFORMATION |

  • Applicant’s Name
  • Nationality (the country listed on your passport)
  • Name of University, emphasis and expected graduation year
  • Date of Birth in MM/DD/YY
  • Website address (if applicable)
  • Indicate which summer month(s) you are available for your residency in order of preference

| WORK SAMPLES |

  • Three (3) samples of the applicant’s work

| PROJECT PROPOSAL |

  • A one-page description of the project that the student would pursue during their stay at Molzberger Akademie

| LETTER OF REFERENCE |

  • A letter of reference from a professor currently teaching in the student’s designated program of study

IMPORTANT All of the above should be emailed to info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: APPLY.  Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from your professor with your name as the subject line.

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.

COST

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 info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: MA Cost.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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 info@atelierhaushilmsen.org 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.

Patron Fellowship Packet (PDF)
General Packet for Artists (PDF)
General Flyer (PDF)

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

RESTRICTIONS

  • 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 info@atelierhaushilmsen.org before submitting an application.
  • Those who have problems walking up and down stairs or steep inclines should contact us at info@atelierhaushilmsen.org 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.
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GROUNDS + FACILITIES


15,000 SQUARE METERS OF SPACE
WIFI
3D PRINTING
CERAMIC KILNS
RAKU FIRING
IRON + BRONZE CASTING
WELDING
PRINTMAKING
SCREEN PRINTING
MUSIC REHEARSAL SPACE + STEINWAY PIANOS
PHOTO DARK ROOM
PROFESSIONAL FILM + VIDEO EDITING EQUIPMENT
PAINTING + DRAWING STUDIOS
SCULPTURE YARD + TOOLS
BICYCLES
RESIDENCY VAN

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 info@atelierhaushilmsen.org.

Use the interactive map to view nearby sites, railway stations, bicycle routes, banks, and more.  Click on the   legend   icon below to view map key.


University affiliates whose students have participated in the Molzberger Academy summer residency for accredited coursework while pursuing their degree are listed below. We thank the following institutions for their affiliation with our efforts to expand the minds of the next generation:

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 info@atelierhaushilmsen.org.

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About the Program

Atelierhaus Hilmsen accepts applications who work from the following fields: visual arts, archaeology, architecture, music composition, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater – without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.
Students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the application are eligible to apply for the Molzberger Akademie Program here.
Please make use of our free downloadable patron packet (PDF) which summarizes our mission and also lists our facilities. Other media is available below.

Patron Fellowship Packet (PDF)
General Packet for Artists (PDF)
General Flyer (PDF)

Emerging artists are welcome to apply.
Most residents stay for three weeks.  Depending on the needs of the project proposed by the resident, Atelierhaus Hilmsen determines the duration of the stay for each resident.  Students applying to the Molzberger Akademie summer session may only attend for the three-week period.  However, if a student’s university is willing to provide course credit for a semester, Atelierhaus Hilmsen is willing to host students for a longer period if necessary.  If you would like to stay longer or shorter than three weeks, please contact info@atelierhaushilmsen.org.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen hosts professors on sabbatical.  Please email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org for more information.
Residents may be accompanied by their spouses/partners for the entirety or part of their stay.  Spouses/partners will be charged a daily fee of 25 USD to help defray costs.  Spouses/partners who intend to pursue individual or collaborative projects and who wish to be designated as Atelierhaus Residents, must submit separate and complete applications.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen does accommodate collaborative Residents (no more than two persons). Please note that residents working on a collaborative project may be required to share the same bedroom and studio if other arrangements are not possible.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen cannot accommodate children, young adults, or any family members other than spouses and partners.
The cost to attend depends on whether the resident is a student, professional artist or whether the applicant intends to participate in a workshop session.

Email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with questions regarding costs.

 

For Universities and Arts & Humanities Organizations

Atelierhaus Hilmsen invites teachers, instructors, professionals and experts within the arts and humanities to organize and lead practicums in Hilmsen. Workshops are typically 7 days long and are all inclusive. Instructors and organizations who wish to schedule workshops are responsible for recruiting their own students to participate. Atelierhaus Hilmsen may assist in promoting scheduled workshops. For more information, email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: workshop.
Universities interested in providing course credit to students for their time and work at the residency should email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: study abroad program. To see a list of universities who are already affiliated with Atelierhaus Hilmsen please click here.

 

Defraying the Costs of Travel and Other Expenses

Many of our residents use the following sites to acquire funding for their time at Atelierhaus Hilmsen:

TransArtists
ResArtis
GoFundMe
Kickstarter
Patreon

Other options include applying for grants, requesting corporate sponsorship and/or seeking help from gallerists, patrons or sponsors.

ART / / / NETZWERK is a non-profit organization which focuses on cultivating the promotion, understanding and appreciation of the arts & humanities.

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.

Please make use of our free downloadable patron packet (PDF) which summarizes our mission and also lists our facilities. Other media is available below.

Patron Fellowship Packet (PDF)
General Packet for Artists (PDF)
General Flyer (PDF)

 

Travel Details

To view our interactive map please click here.
Residents are advised to ship purchased supplies from a German company to the residency. Custom fees can be high if supplies are shipped from locations outside of Germany. Links to some art supply stores are listed below. Please review the terms and conditions for each merchant before purchasing.

SHIP SUPPLIES TO:

Atelierhaus Hilmsen
Hauptstraße 1
29413 Wallstawe OT Hilmsen
Deutschland

Contact: Hans Molzberger (cell): +490 16096775507

ART SUPPLY COMPANIES IN GERMANY

Boesner Art
www.boesner.com

Hans Wolbring Clay + Glazes
www.keramikbedarf.de/zahlungsmoeglichkeiten

Residents usually fly into Hamburg or Berlin and take a train to the residency.  Another option is to fly into Copenhagen (costs less) and make the rest of the journey by train. Turkish Air generally offers the lowest fares to Hamburg and provides excellent service.  It is better to arrive earlier in the day so there will be plenty of time to catch the trains to Atelierhaus Hilmsen.  Residents are strongly encouraged to exchange currency (Euros) before leaving the airport if they did not do so at their bank before leaving home. Notify your bank of travel plans before leaving home so credit cards/ATM cards will work in Germany.
It is best to choose an earlier arrival time so residents will have plenty of time to catch the trains to Atelierhaus Hilmsen.  Residents are advised to purchase train tickets at the airport after they have their baggage since trains run frequently and are usually on time.  Residents are strongly encouraged to exchange currency (Euros) before leaving the airport if they did not do so at their bank before leaving home.  Please note that elevators are available in most of the train stations which makes it easier to board with luggage.  There are train attendants at each station who can help with purchasing tickets and will point people to the correct platforms to catch the trains. Link to purchase tickets is below.

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.

Ticket Machines:

  • 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.

Atelierhaus Hilmsen accepts applications who work from the following fields: visual arts, archaeology, architecture, music composition, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater – without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

FYI: the official site to purchase train tickets in Germany is https://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/ .

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