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Lawrence Arts Center

The Visiting and Resident Artists program at the Lawrence Arts Center offers area residents a unique opportunity to study visual arts with practicing artists of varied backgrounds and diverse skills. New artists are invited each year to become a part of the Lawrence community and share their professional skills with Lawrence Arts Center students and artists.

Ceramics and Printmaking Artists-in-Residence
Ceramics and Printmaking Artist in Residency programs are designed to provide a creative environment for emerging artists and to broaden the center’s students and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques. These year-long residencies begin on August 1 and end on July 31. The ideal candidates should have an MFA in ceramics and printmaking, respectively, and be self-directed and able to work independently. Preference is given to candidates who have demonstrated artistic excellence as well as interest in experimentation and innovative techniques. The resident will be provided studio space, housing, a monthly stipend of $1,000, and 24 hour access to all studios, including print, ceramics, drawing and painting, metal, photography, and digital media. These 12-month residencies provide a multi-faceted experience that includes teaching, community outreach, interaction with other artists, and studio care, and culminate in an exhibition of new work.

Project-based Residencies
The goal of project-based residences at the Lawrence Arts Center is to help support, sustain, and foster growth in the arts and artists by providing material support for development of special projects, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary works, helping local artists to create works competitive on a national scale. Selected artists receive a stipend for their project, use of studio space at Arts Center during established times, and up to 8 hours of private instruction in any studio space or medium. Selected artists will receive a stipend of up to $300 per project, use of studio space at Arts Center established times, and up to 8 hours of private instruction in any studio space or medium. Housing will be provided, and the duration of the project based residency is 2 weeks – 4 months.

Visiting Artists-in-Residence
Visiting artists are invited throughout the year to work at the Arts Center for varying lengths of time creating exhibits and installations, participating in performing arts productions, and presenting art talks, workshops, and other innovative and interactive projects.

Location

Lawrence , Kansas: United States

Lawrence, Kansas is a medium-sized, college town located just thirty minutes from Topeka, the state capital, and less than an hour away from downtown Kansas City. Home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence is an intellectual city that is proud of its rich history and diverse cultural heritage. With famous past residents including Langston Hughes and William S. Burroughs, Lawrence continues to dismantle misconceptions of the mono-cultural Midwest through its intellectual vibrancy and eclectic array of subcultures. The Lawrence Arts Center’s mission is to enrich and invigorate the community by offering the best in contemporary exhibitions, performance, and visual and performing arts education. The Lawrence Arts Center was founded in 1975 in Lawrence’s historic Carnegie Building as a public/private partnership between the City of Lawrence and citizens who believed the community should offer all residents opportunities to experience the best in arts programming. Today, the Arts Center provides contemporary exhibitions, performances, and arts education for individuals of all ages, interests, and backgrounds in a 40,000 square foot building, completed in 2002, that contains a 300-seat theater, a black box theater, three exhibition galleries, two dance studios, and seven visual arts studios.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: One Year
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3

Eligibility

  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: April 15
  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Ceramics Artists-in-Residence: Kyla Strid (2013-2014); Monika Laskowska (2012-2013); Akiko Jackson (2010-2011); Sarah Gross (2009-2010). Printmaking Artists-in-Residence: John McCaughey (2013-2014); Patrick Vincent (2012-2013); Allen Chen (2011-2012); Carla Aspenberg (2011-2012); Nicolette Ross (2010-2011); Alison Filley (2009-2010). Project-based Artists-in-Residence: Valerie Campos (2014-2015); Willy Chyr (2011); Kristi Arnold (2012); Aaron Storck (2010-2011). Visiting Artists-in-Residence: Dan Anderson, Ceramics; John Balisteri, Ceramics; Dan Welden, Solar Printmaking; Hope Theodorus Ely, Choreography; Seth Golay, Actor; Breanna Pine, Actor; Jamie Carswell, Director; Anna Han, Pianist; Luke Dubois, Digital Media; Poull Brien, Filmmaker.
From the August of 2011 to July of 2012, I was the ceramics artist-in-residence at the Lawrence Arts Center, and I cannot say enough good things about my experiences while there. In addition to housing and a living stipend, the Lawrence Arts Center provided 24-hour access to their studio, a supportive staff of teaching artists and administrators, the opportunity to exhibit my work in the Center’s gallery, and the chance to work with students who were enthusiastic about ceramics as an art form. , I was able to use my time at the Center to advance my own work, build my portfolio, and get some valuable teaching and exhibitions experience in the process.
— Allen Chen, 2011-2012 Ceramics Resident
At the Lawrence Arts Center, we encourage our residents to explore new possibilities, take chances, and make new creative, social, and entrepreneurial connections. We give our artists the time, the space, and the technical support they need to focus on their work while also helping them gain the teaching experience and professional connections they need to advance their careers.
— Kyla Strid, Director of Adult Education and Artist Residencies

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking

Residency Fees

The long-term residency submission fee is: $35. To apply, visit: https://lawrenceartscenter.slideroom.com/#/Login The project-based residency fee is: $15. To apply contact Kyla Strid, the Lawrence Arts Center's Director of Residencies and Adult Education: kyla@lawrenceartscenter.org.

Stipends / other support

Ceramics and Printmaking Resident Artists receive a monthly stipend of $1,000. Stipends for Project-based Residencies and Visiting Artists-in-Residence vary.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

940 New Hampshire
Lawrence , Kansas 66044
United States