Artist in Residence

The Artist-in-Residency (AIR) program at Arkansas Tech University (Tech) is an immersive experience within an art and educational community. AIR at Tech is a program intended to advance the careers of practicing artists, to present the residents as role models for the Tech community, and to strengthen the public’s awareness of the significance of making art and its effect on the community. Providing residency for emerging artists, the AIR program at Tech offers the time and space to focus on creative practice and the freedom to explore, experiment, create, and collaborate. The intent of the AIR program is to bring in media and techniques that are not part of the Tech Art curriculum. The residency will take place over a 5 month period. The AIR program (2019) will focus on bringing in an artist that works in the following: free-standing large-scale outdoor public art.

The AIR program is supported by a generous grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Artists will be given access to a creative community, while affording students insight into the creative process of accomplished artists active within their respective fields.

About Tech

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech is a state supported comprehensive institution, maintaining regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and classification as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) level III institution. It is the third-largest in the state with an enrollment close to 12,000 students. The Russellville campus, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, is just one hour from the capital city of Little Rock and boasts a charming blend of historic and modern architecture, including beautiful grounds and greenery.  Offering over 100 undergraduate and more than 25 graduate degree programs across seven academic colleges and two campuses, Arkansas Tech strives to provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community.

The Department of Art at Arkansas Tech University offers dynamic degree programs in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Game and Interactive Media Design and Art Education. The ATU art faculty is comprised of professional and award- winning artists, active scholars, and passionate educators who offer their insight, skills, and guidance to prepare students for the arts professions. Our state of the art facility, Norman Hall, features a professional gallery, computer lab, lecture hall, and fully equipped art studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, and ceramics.

Residents must be artists with significant exhibition records and professional achievement, strong communication skills, sustained studio practice, and desire to engage with the campus community. A resident artist is expected to pursue a clearly articulated body of work or project, and to integrate his or her practice into the academic programming and activities of the larger Tech and Russellville community. To this end, the resident’s specific involvement may include guest lecturing in a class, giving public talks, providing mentorship to students, participating in open studios, and/or collaborating with faculty or students.

In addition, resident artist will teach one (3 credit) class in their field of expertise during the spring 2019 semester.

Residency details

Artists-in-Residence Qualifications

Facilities and Services

Computer/internet access on campus: Several computer labs with state-of-the-art software and hardware and Wireless Internet across campus.

Studios/special equipment: A dedicated studio space off-campus will be provided. In addition, the artist will be given access to classrooms and equipment on campus.

Housing: a 2 Bedroom Apartment will be provided.

Meals: No meals/food provided. Meal plan options are available on-campus.


To commit as a full-time resident for the specific period

To be accessible to Tech students and the College community

To engage in explorations within their style/technique and produce a body of work (public art) that will be permanently installed on the Tech campus.

To contribute to the community through activities such as lectures, open studio hours, teaching workshops, critiques, etc.

How to Apply

Submit a single PDF document, that should include a proposal of 400 words or less outlining a specific process and/or theme of the proposed project or work(s) to be created, a budget breakdown for materials and costs, list of required equipment, a CV, Art courses taught, an artist statement, ten images of your work, and contact details for three references (name, email and/or phone number). Applicants will be judged on the quality of their portfolios, as well as the originality and scope of their residency proposal. Weight will also be given to the applicant’s potential for working within the art community and the relevance of the individual proposal to the resources available at Arkansas Tech University. Applications should be emailed to Neal Harrington, by September 21, 2018.

For further information, contact the Tech Art Department at 479-968-0244.

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