2019-20 Post-Baccalaureate Residency Applications now open at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The 2019-20 school year will welcome the fifth cohort to the Kirk Newman Art School for this intensive art-study program. This nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists seeking 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's of Fine Arts degree program. Candidates should have a deep commitment in their chosen medium and have the appropriate discipline to work independently in an open studio environment. They 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.

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 cohort of residents in 2015.

Two residencies will be offered in painting, printmaking, photography/digital media, jewelry/metals, one in ceramics, and one in sculpture.

Download full details of the residency program for each medium.

  • 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: June 17, 2019
  • Awards announced: July 15, 2019
  • Confirmation date: July 31, 2019
  • Residency period: September 3, 2019 - May 23, 2020

Application Process

Download complete application requirements and an application form.

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

  • Complete application form, including two personal references
  • Application fee of $20.
  • 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.