2021-22 Post-Baccalaureate Art School Residency Program

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The intensive art study program at the Kirk Newman Art School began in 2015. This nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance.

Candidates should be college graduates preparing for a career as a professional artist or for entry into a Master of Fine Arts degree program. They should have a deep commitment in their chosen medium and the appropriate discipline to work independently in an open studio environment. Candidates should also have a desire to share information and engage with students at the Kirk Newman Art School, and be prepared to fully participate within their department and with organizational fundraisers and department duties.

Check out Kim Carson's 2020 segment recorded with jeweler April Seybold and painter Hannah Mabie from our 2018-19 resident class on WGVU's Kalamazoo Lively Arts. You can also hear a personal account of Lena Thomas's experience as a ceramics resident (2017-18) on WGVU's Kalamazoo Lively Arts (October, 2017), and a story in Second Wave Media about our first group of residents in 2015.

One residency in each medium will be offered in painting, printmaking, photography/digital media, jewelry/metals, ceramics, fiber, and sculpture.

KNAS residency application requirements of the residency program.

  • Residents will receive two scholarships per 12-week term to classes at the Kirk Newman Art School.
  • Residents will receive a stipend for materials and access to the studio in their discipline.
  • Residents will have the opportunity to participate in an annual holiday art sale (December) and arts fair (June), providing them professional development experiences for marketing and selling their work.
  • A critique of works produced will be provided at the end of the residency period.
  • Important Dates

    • Applications due: July 5, 2021
    • Awards announced: July 26, 2021
    • Confirmation date: August 9, 2021
    • Residency period: September 7 - May 28, 2022

    Application Process

    Download New dates for KNAS residency program requirements and details and an application form.

    All applicants must submit the following, by email, mail or in person:

    • Complete application form, including two professional references
    • Application fee of $25.
    • A current resume
    • Narrative description of your work or process (100-250 words)
    • Proposal and timeline
    • 10-20 digital images of current work.
    • Two letters of recommendation from arts professionals
    • In-person interview is required for final candidates

    Incomplete or partial applications will not be considered.

    Selection Criteria

    A selection committee from the Kirk Newman Art School will review residency applications and determine finalists based on merit and consideration of applicants' expertise, quality of work samples, ability to work independently in an open studio environment, and a desire to share information with students at the Kirk Newman Art School. Finalists will be invited to on-site interviews.