Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence at the University of the Arts

Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence at the University of the Arts

The Inspiration Lab at University of the Arts in Philadelphia invites artists to apply to their inaugural artist-in-residence program

The Inspiration Lab at University of the Arts invites artists to apply to their inaugural artist-in-residence program, which will accommodate up to 10 individual artists at any given time. As a part of the UArts community, these artists-in-residence will have access to the faculty, staff, students, workshops and programming of a thriving arts institution located on the Avenue of Arts in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence at University of the Arts ([email protected]) will accelerate and cultivate contributions to contemporary knowledge production within the arts by providing devoted studio space, time, resources and access to key facilities and expertise for emerging and mid-career artists working across disciplines.

Artists are invited to apply for residencies of a minimum of three months to a maximum of 12 months. Each artist will be afforded a private and professional studio ranging in size from approximately 500 to 1000 square feet.

The Inspiration Lab studios are located on the Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Philadelphia, in UArts’ Anderson Hall, an eight-story building devoted to the visual arts, design and museum studies.

The Inspiration Lab houses 10 individual studios, two central gallery/installation spaces and one communal lounge.

Artists will also have the potential to utilize advanced workshops and labs across campus based on availability and the scope of project, including fabrication studios like the Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace; the Center for Immersive Media, which is devoted to new and emerging technology and provides the largest motion-capture stage in the region; the state-of-the-art Laurie Wagman Recording Studios; and numerous material workshops (e.g., wood, metal, plaster, ceramics, fibers and print/book arts).

Residencies are open to national and international artists over 21 years of age who demonstrate a strong professional creative practice. A broad range of disciplines will be considered, including, but not limited to, the visual arts, new media, performance, design, film, moving images, writing, choreography and music composition. Small collaborative groups with a demonstrated history of professional creative practice accomplishment will be eligible to apply, but only one studio space will be available per collaborative group. Artists currently enrolled in a full-time academic program are not eligible to apply.

To cultivate relationships with the UArts and Philadelphia communities, each Inspiration Lab artist will be expected to give one public presentation of work, which may include an artist talk, performance, reading, screening or lecture that is relevant to their practice. In addition, all artists will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff and students in the development of their work, which may include connections to ongoing courses. Inspiration Lab Artists will also have the opportunity to participate in open house/open studio events.

Finally, all artists in residence will receive free access to the studios; facilities as approved; and other UArts resources, including Lightbox Film Center, UArts Libraries and public programming.

In addition, limited supplemental financial support by way of a stipend may be competitively awarded to certain Inspiration Lab artists as a part of the selection process.

UArts residency fellowships provide

  • dedicated work and/or studio space.
  • limited financial support by way of a stipend, if awarded by the selection committee.
  • access to UArts specialized centers, such as the Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace; the Center for Immersive Media; the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios; and numerous material workshops including wood, metal, plaster, ceramics, fibers and print/book arts shops.
  • opportunities for culminating exhibitions for curatorial fellows and studio fellows.
  • opportunities to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming.

Expectations include

  • completing the entire length of the residency program.
  • giving one public presentation of work which may include an artist talk, performance,
  • reading, screening or lecture, as relevant to one’s practice.
  • participating in public open house/open studio events.
  • relocation to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the duration of the residency.

Find the application guidelines on UArts website, and submit your application before 23 May 2022.

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