The Core Program 2021
The Core Program at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston 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 nine months (September to May), and fellows may apply for a second term. Tuesday mornings are reserved for group discussions, and public lectures take place on Thursday evenings. Each spring the program mounts an exhibition of work produced during the current residency term, accompanied by a publication featuring essays by the critical-studies residents and documenting the work of all the residents. Critical-studies residents may apply for support for a curatorial project in their second year.
Residents receive a $20,000 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. Limited administrative and financial support is available for successful international applicants seeking J-1 visas through the program’s partner organization, International Arts & Artists. No support is provided for other visas.
The 2020–21 term was conducted remotely with the safety of the fellows, visitors, and supporters a priority, but the organisers hope to return to the usual residency model in the fall, in which case Core fellows will be expected to reside in Houston for the duration of the term
All application materials must be submitted online through SlideRoom, with deadline April 1, 2021. Application fee (USD): $12.00.