Artist in Residence

The Artist-in-Residency (AIR) program at Arkansas Tech University is an immersive experience within an art and educational community. AIR is a program intended to advance the careers of practicing artists, present the residents as role models for the ATU community, and to strengthen the public’s awareness toward the significance of making art and its effect on the surrounding community. The residency will take place over a 5 month period giving the artist time and space to focus on the creative process. The AIR program for 2020 will select a painter to create a mural on panels that will be installed on the Davis Building in downtown Russellville.

The AIR program is supported by a generous grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

About Arkansas Tech

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech is a comprehensive state-supported institution maintaining regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and classification as a Southern regional Education Board level III institution. It has an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. The Russellville campus is located between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in the scenic Arkansas River Valley and is just one hour from the capital city of Little Rock. It offers over 100 undergraduate and more than 25 graduate degree programs across seven academic colleges and two campuses. Arkansas Tech University strives to provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning in a diverse community.

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

Residency details


Residents must be artists with significant exhibition records, strong communication skills, sustained studio practice and a desire to engage with the larger campus community. This involvement may include guest lecturing in a class, giving public talks, providing mentorship to students, participating in open studios and/or collaborating with faculty and students. The resident will also teach one course in 2D design or Introduction to Drawing during the Spring academic semester. Artists are expected to commit as a full-time resident for the specific term of the residency.


The resident artist will create a mural on marine plywood or other panels that will be installed on the exterior of the Davis Building in Russellville, Arkansas. A design reflecting the geographic region/community is encouraged. The dimensions of the wall area designated for mounting the design are approximately 20 feet high and 40 feet wide. The finished design should be well less of the height measurement to ensure proper anchoring of the panels.


Residency Term:


How to Apply


Submit a single PDF document that includes:

The selection will be made based on the quality of the artwork, the project proposal and potential for working with the community.
Applications or questions should be emailed to: David Mudrinich, by October 12, 2019.


 a side view of the Dvis building in downtown Russellville, with a bare brick facade
 a front view of the Davis building in downtown Russellville