Beginning this summer, University of the Arts will welcome 10 artists-in-residence to cultivate contributions to contemporary knowledge production at a thriving arts institution on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.
The Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence program will host individual artists or small collaborative groups, from varied disciplines and at pivotal moments in their careers, for three- to 12-month residencies. The emerging and mid-career artists will be selected by a committee of external arts professionals and will receive the critical support needed to reflect, experiment, and produce compelling new work.
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To accommodate the program, the university has renovated 10 studios and two installation and exhibition spaces on the third floor of Anderson Hall, a building devoted to visual art, design, and museum studies. As a means to sustain relationships with UArts and Philadelphia, all artists-in-residence will explore connections with ongoing courses and publicly present their work.
I eagerly anticipate our inaugural artists-in-residence to engage members of our community through their innovative practices. I am particularly appreciative of the pathways that will connect our students, faculty, and staff to these residencies, and I look forward to experiencing the many ways these artists will contribute to and learn from the UArts community.
David Yager, UArts’s President and CEO
Artists will also be able to utilize workshops and labs across campus, including fabrication studios; the Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace; the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios; and the Center for Immersive Media, which houses one of the largest motion-capture stages on the East Coast. Access to these spaces will be subject to availability and the scope of each project.
Artists ages 21 and older with proven histories of creative practice from disciplines such as visual arts, new media, performance, design, film, moving images, writing, choreography, and music composition are encouraged to apply now through May 23.