The Artist in Residence Program (AIR) promotes creativity and fosters artistic development within the Honors College community. This program encourages Honors College students with a preexisting passion for the arts to explore and develop their creative vision over a full academic year. It concludes with a showcase of the students' work. Being an artist in residence gives students of all disciplines an opportunity to engage in the arts in a rich and substantive way through the Honors College in collaboration with the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
The Artist in Residence Program is a manifestation of Lloyd International Honors College as something more than an academic institution. LIHC is a community of dynamic, curious, and engaged individuals. AIR cultivates creativity, an individual sense of ownership, and pride in the work achieved, and strengthens the community of creative thinkers within the Honors College.
Selection of 10 artists for 2014-2015: Applicants must be members of Lloyd International Honors College in good standing. If the applicant is submitting a proposal for a group of artists, other than the applicant, the participants needed not be members of the Honors College. All artistic media in the visual, written, and performing arts are eligible for funding. The best outcomes of the Artist in Residence Program come from students who already have a specific project in mind and allow it to grow and transform through their time in the residency.
The ideal participant possesses a creative vision, wants to find new ways to refine his or her artistry, has a history of preparation and work within an artistic field, and has an interest in collaborating with other students through discussion of ideas and experiences. The competitive applicant also understands the responsibilities and level of commitment involved when accepting the opportunity and funds associated with the program. The program encourages interdisciplinary collaboration by providing an opportunity for students involved in various academic disciplines to engage with the arts and realize skills perhaps outside of their primary vocational and academic interests.
Students interested in participating in the Artists in Residence Program in 2014-2015 must submit a proposal for their project to the Honors College by Friday, September 26. The applicant should submit a brief resumé with the application that speaks to the candidate’s preparation and accomplishments in the artistic field for which he or she is applying. The winning artists will be announced on October 17, 2014. Examples of projects might include: Creating an original choreographic work, composing a piece of music for instruments or voice, writing a short story or set of stories, writing a series of poetry, producing a photo essay or other photographic project, writing a script, designing and creating a piece of furniture, completing a painting or set of paintings, completing a sculpture, or other similar works of art. Artist in Residence proposals of substantial character may be worthy of consideration for Senior Honors Project approval.
Based on the quality of the proposals submitted, up to ten projects are selected annually and given funding ($500 stipend plus up to $250 for supplies) to create a body of work. By accepting funding from the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, students agree to complete their work in accordance with the stipulations, expectations and deadlines of the program, and URSCO guidelines.
During the year, Artists in Residence participate in group meetings held two or three times a semester. These meetings allow the artists to share their work and their challenges with each other, hear from guest experts in the arts, and to undertake joint collaborative initiatives. The Honors College will also provide opportunities during the year for the artists individually and collectively to present their work in progress. The AIR Program will conclude each year with a cumulative spring exhibit/showcase in association with URSCO’s EXPO.