Applications Open for 2021-22 ATU Artists in Residence

Tsumiki Unveiling 10-4-2019
File photo from the Oct. 4, 2019, unveiling of "Tsumiki," a sculpture created by Manami Ishimura as part of her artist in residence experience at Arkansas Tech University.

Qualified individuals interested in serving as an artist in residence at Arkansas Tech University during the fall 2021 or spring 2022 semester are invited to apply by May 15, 2021.

The ATU artist in residence program is made possible through grant support from the Windgate Foundation. Past ATU artists in residence include Manami Ishimura (2019) and Tiffany Black (2020).

ATU paused its artist in residence program during the 2020-21 academic year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, the ATU Department of Art is seeking two artists in residence for the 2021-22 academic year — one in fall 2021 and one in spring 2022.

The fall 2021 ATU artist in residence will complete a project in any medium engaging the local community as well as the university.

The successful candidate to serve as artist in residence at ATU during spring 2022 will complete a public sculpture that will be placed on the ATU campus.

ATU artists in residence have the use of a large personal studio space, the assistance of an internship student and a living space in student housing.

“The artist in residence program at ATU is an immersive experience within an art and educational community,” said Summer Bruch, head of the ATU Department of Art. “It 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. We welcome both emerging and established artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines.”

Applicants 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 includes guest lecturing in a class, giving public talks, providing mentorship to students, participating in open studios and/or collaborating with faculty and students,” said Bruch. “The residents will also teach one course for the ATU Department of Art in their specialized area during the semester.”

Learn more about artist in residence opportunities at ATU during the 2021-22 academic year at