Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Artists in Residence Program

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Image: Former AIR Brianna Miller (Design/illustration, 2016/17)
working on her exhibition in the PrattMWP Gallery.
Photo Credit: Sarah Condon

The Application for the 2018/19 Artist in Residence program in ANIMATION and PAINTING/DRAWING is now closed.

The Application for the 2019/20 Artists in Residence Program will open in December 2018.

The Munson-Williams- Proctor Arts Institute School of Art Artists-in Residence program (AIR) allows two emerging artists from different disciplines to live and work on the MWPAI and PrattMWP College of Art & Design campus in Utica, NY for one academic year.

The AIR program is designed for emerging artists or recent visual arts MFA graduates. Residency artists are an energizing and crucial component of the creative life on our campus. The artists interact with the local creative community while developing a self- directed studio practice. This includes giving lectures to PrattMWP students, and teaching a community arts education class while being involved in select MWPAI public programs.

Artists receive financial support, housing, meals, a studio and an exhibition opportunity.

MWPAI calls for two artists that would benefit from focused, self-directed studio time and an interest in teaching in the following areas, ANIMATION and PAINTING/DRAWING


  • Residency is nine months.
  • August 20, 2018 through May 20, 2019.
  • Two artists working in different media are in residence simultaneously.
  • Call for artists rotates through disciplines each academic year.
  • Artists receive two stipend payments of $1,250 in September and in January for a total of $2,500
  • Fall and Winter session non-credit teaching opportunities in the Community Arts Education program; paid compensation as an Community Arts Education Instructor and subject to enrollment guidelines.
  • Second floor studio space in the Tracy Street Studio building.
  • Joint fall artists talk, winter open studio, spring exhibition, and promotion for these events.
  • Furnished two-bedroom apartment with shared living and kitchen in the heart of the MWPAI campus. 
  • Cafeteria meal plan. (19 meals per week while college program is in session)
  • Access to school facilities in your discipline.
  • Questions? Contact


  • Develop own artwork and self-directed studio practice in the provided studio space.
  • Work with the Community Arts Ed Coordinator and department prior to arriving to develop  non-credit classes and workshops to teach in your field.
  • Present a lecture of current work, open studio, and joint exhibition of new work during residency.
  • Three hours a week of community arts involvement at the institute or off campus. 
  • Up to eight  hours of weekly  involvement with full-time PrattMWP faculty in your discipline.
  • Artists must provide own materials and specialized equipment for own studio practice.
  • Transportation to and during residency.
  • Artists must cover any additional costs of living.

Disciplines rotate each academic year. An AIR could be accepted in two of the following media in future calls: Painting/Drawing, Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Communications Design, and Video. Please check back each year.

The MWPAI Artist in Residence program is
generously supported by Francis J. and Ruth A.Pugliese.

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