Nine months, September to May
Paid by host:

Artists and critics receive a $20,000 stipend for the nine-month residency.

Paid by artist:

There is no artist fee but residents should plan to cover their own travel, accommodations, and other living expenses.

Application guidelines:

Online application. Application fee (USD): $12.00.


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The Core Program

The Core Program

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Core Program awards postgraduate residencies to highly motivated, exceptional visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. Residents engage with a wide range of distinguished artists, critics, curators, and art historians who are invited to meet individually with the residents, lead seminars, and deliver public lectures. Core fellows participate in a yearlong seminar, the content of which is driven by contemporary concerns, the interests and work of the fellows, and the Core lecture series and visitors.

The residency term is from September to May, and fellows may apply for a second term. Each spring the program mounts an exhibition of work produced during the residency, which is accompanied by a publication to which the critical studies residents contribute texts based on their original research. Critical studies residents may apply for support for a curatorial project in their second year. Residents receive a 20,000 USD stipend, 24-hour access to a private studio or office, and borrowing privileges at the museum’s Hirsch Library and Rice University’s Fondren Library. Because the program is intended to foster intensive participation in an active peer group, including biweekly seminar meetings, Core fellows must reside in Houston for the duration of the Core term.


Participation in a motivated peer group within an intensive, seminar-based program; participation in annual publication and spring exhibition.

Studio Information

Artists and critics are provided with studios / offices at the Glassell School of Art, including access to sculpture shops, darkroom, digital lab, and printmaking facilities.

Accommodation Information

Core fellows must find their own living accommodations.

Contact information

P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265-6826
United States

5101 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
United States

coreprogram [at]