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Roman J. Witt Artist Residency

The mission of the Roman J. Witt Residency Program is to support the production of new work in collaboration with the Stamps School of Art & Design community. The program awards one residency per academic year for a visiting artist/designer to work at the school to develop a new work in collaboration with students and faculty.

A singular feature of the 2019-2020 Witt Residency is the Stamps School’s collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), who will provide a highly visible gallery in the museum — the Stenn Gallery — as an installation and workspace for the Witt Resident. The artist/designer will spend a good portion of the week working in this gallery (a minimum of three days, with 6 hours per day during museum open hours), creating and installing a work of art that will remain on view. This act of “public making” is an exemplary teaching tool and provides the Stamps School community and the university at large with the opportunity to witness and partake in the creation of a defined work from concept to completion with the artist in residence at the University of Michigan.

The Witt Residency is open to both established and emerging artists/designers. The Witt residency provides students an alternative learning opportunity to engage with practicing artists/designers who can make use of resources across campus, therefore the ideal candidate must value collaboration, have good social and communication skills and be interested in generating creative partnerships across disciplines. It is the goal of the Witt Residency to foster an atmosphere of inventive creative activity that extends throughout the University community.

Witt Residents receive an honorarium of $20,000 for up to twelve weeks in residence served over an academic year. In addition to the honorarium, residents will be provided with housing, studio space, and up to $4,000 funding support for project materials and installation. The School encourages applications from individuals as well as from creative teams however, please be advised that the resources listed above are finite, including the travel budget. If teams apply the expectation is that the award will be shared between its members.

How to Apply
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The Witt Residency Program's application process is conducted using SlideRoom, an online review system.
Applicants register and submit their application materials on the SlideRoom website.
SlideRoom Application Requirements:
Complete the online application form, including résumé, CV, and references.
Upload media - this may include video, audio, and pdf files.
Submit the processing fee.
Slideroom requires a nominal $10-15 application fee to offset the cost of media uploads and storage at the time of submission.
If you cannot use Slideroom and would like to make alternate arrangements, please email Chrisstina Hamilton at

Application Schedule
Proposals Due – January 31, 2019
Selection Committee Review – February/March, 2019
Selection Committee reviews materials and selects a shortlist of candidates for further review, then selects a slate of finalists from the shortlist to present their projects and interview. Applicants will receive email notification, so please be sure to include your correct email address in your proposal.
Shortlist candidates follow-up - March/April, 2019
Finalist Interviews & Presentations – April/May 2019
Notification and Announcement – June 1, 2019


Ann Arbor, Michigan: United States

Offering a unique art and design education within the University of Michigan, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan focuses on research-based, transdisciplinary creative practice as an engine for cultural change and innovation. About the Stamps School of Art & Design The Stamps undergraduate program offers a non-media specific degree at the intersection of art and design and challenges students to define their own creative path through an open curriculum. Our dynamic two-year MFA program integrates creative production with rigorous academic studies, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. It is structured to expand the intellectual reach of creative work and utilize a comprehensive process for bringing creative work into the world. Our MDes in Integrative Design aligns graduate education with the best in emerging professional practice. Rooted in collaboration, our two-year MDes program brings together a small cohort to focus on addressing one "wicked problem" through design. About UMMA (The University of Michigan Museum of Art) Located at the heart of one of the world’s finest public research universities and housing a venerable, encyclopedic art collection of more than 21,000 objects, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world. UMMA is a place where heritage meets innovation, minds are enriched, and communities come together—locally, nationally, and globally. UMMA engages more than 240,000 visitors on site annually and a similar size global audience via exhibition tours, publications, and web-based tools. The Museum is always free and is fully accessible—fostering a climate of inclusion and participation. Recently named the number one public university art museum in the country, UMMA has been lauded by the New York Times as being “in the forefront” among university art museums creating innovative, multidisciplinary exhibitions and publications with regional and national appeal. The Museum’s dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connect visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde; enabling compelling encounters with art that ignite creativity and forge connections across diverse disciplines, geographies, and cultures. Engagement with the extensive scholarly, human, and technical resources of the University of Michigan is encouraged and facilitated. Comprised of nineteen schools and colleges, U-M is one of the world's foremost public research universities. Current enrollment on the Ann Arbor campus totals 44,718 graduate and undergraduate students. Additional information about the University of Michigan is available at Location Ann Arbor, located forty miles west of Detroit on the Huron River, is an intellectually and culturally rich community, with a current population of 120,782. Additional information about Ann Arbor is available at


  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: January 31

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Film / Digital editing, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Glass blowing, Glass casting, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Music studio (non-recording), Music recording studio, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking

Residency Fees

Slideroom requires a nominal $10 application fee to offset the cost of media uploads and storage at the time of submission. The fee is paid by the applicant using a secure system via SlideRoom online as the final step in submitting the application. All funds go directly to SlideRoom and not the Witt Residency.

Stipends / other support

Witt Residents receive an honorarium of $20,000 for up to twelve weeks in residence served over an academic year.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information Address: University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069 United States Phone: 734.764.3464 A&D Application Portal: Email: Website:

Contact Information

2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
United States