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Middle Tennessee Visiting Artist Program / Artist Residency
Sponsored by the Bonnaroo Works Fund

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Residency duration: July 10-31, 2020

Middle Tennessee State University

Department of Art and Design

https://www.mtsu.edu/art/ and https://www.mtsu.edu/art/Visiting_Artist_Program-Residency.php 


Middle Tennessee Visiting Artists Program is designed to support visiting artists’ research in an immersive studio environment. While being afforded valuable studio time, participating artists will gain teaching experience, working with other artists, students, and community members. Additionally, the artists will be actively contributing to the growth of the first permanent collection of art at MTSU. These contributions will create a visual record of the program and the artists’ interaction with the Middle Tennessee community. We will document the process, artwork, and activities so they continue to be employed as teaching tools and can be incorporated into broader discussions of artwork in the Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee area. By stimulating dialogue between visiting artists, students, the arts community, and residents of the surrounding counties, we will demonstrate the importance of arts education and foster a culture of support and advocacy for the Arts in Tennessee.


Two artists will be selected to participate in a 3 week residency (July 10-31, 2020) during which time they will pursue in depth investigations into one concept or technique of their choice. Visiting Artists will be provided private on-campus accommodations, full access to MTSU Print Media Studios (including Letterpress, Screen Printing, Relief, Intaglio, and Lithography facilities), parking pass, a $600 materials budget and a $1500.00 stipend. Travel to and from MTSU is the responsibility of the selected artist. 

Participating artists will present a 30 minute artist talk, demonstrate their working processes to students registered in Art and Design summer courses, and offer an all ages public workshop. At the end of the residency, one piece each artist has produced during their residency will be donated to the MTSU permanent art collection. Artists will be asked to submit an evaluation of their experience, along with recommendations for how the program could be implemented moving forward.

Jury Process: 

Artists will be selected on the basis of their merit, strength of project proposal and the significance of their current and previous contributions to their fields.

Submission requirements include: a portfolio of 10 images, updated CV, a project proposal,  and a proposal for a 2 hour all ages community workshop with consideration that participants may not have any prior art training.  Community members who engage in this workshop will produce a small piece after being introduced to a basic process or technique . 

This information will be uploaded to the Department of Art and Design’s Submittable account.

The MTSU Department of Art and Design recognizes and respects the diversity of our students and community. We welcome applications by all artists regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexuality, socio-economic class, age, religion, or disability to apply.

Studio Facilities:

Artists will be share a private studio within the printmaking facilities of Todd Hall. This studio features a large work table, several small working surfaces, wall space, screenprint table, small etching press and inking area. While participating artists need not engage specifically with printmaking, the space is equipped to serve those who might. Todd hall also features expansive sculpture and ceramics facilities, digital labs as well as book arts and letterpress. Regardless of project, the artist must be proficient on all equipment used and be completely self-sufficient. 

For questions or more information contact Middle Tennessee Visiting Artist Program Coordinators:

Kathleen.OConnell@mtsu.edu or Nicholas.Satinover@mtsu.edu  

MTSU Art and Design Chair: Nicole.Foran@mtsu.edu


We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.