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University of Colorado – Boulder: Artist-In-Residence Program Call for Proposals

Closing on: Sep 7, 2020

As part of the University of Colorado Art Museum biennial Artist-In-Residence Program, artists are invited to CU Boulder to create new work based on their interactions with the university and surrounding communities. The residency can occur in either the fall semester 2021 or spring semester 2022 depending on the project proposal. Artists are either in residence in the fall semester to work toward a finished installation in the galleries for the spring or during the spring semester and use the gallery as an experimental laboratory and ever-evolving production space that will be open to the public during gallery hours.

The museum encourages interdisciplinary projects and values how the methodologies of two or more different disciplines can contribute to new knowledge and creative works. The museum welcomes applications from individual and collaborative teams of choreographers, dancers, designers, filmmakers, media artists, musicians, poets and visual artists, as well as collaborative teams from the arts paired with scholars in other disciplines such as engineering, humanities, law, or the natural or social sciences. Applicants should be engaged in contemporary artistic practice and demonstrate a continuing national or international exhibition record. 
Applicants must be external to the University of Colorado system.​

The following support is provided to artists invited to create an installation under the CU Art Museum Artist-in-Residence Program:

  • $21,000 payment.
  • Travel to and from Boulder, lodging and other expenses are not included and will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.
    The payment will be in two installations with $10,500 upon signing the contract and $10,500 upon completion of services. If collaborative teams apply the lumpsum payment and materials budget will be shared between its members.    
  • Up to $6,000 for materials, equipment, framing and transportation of artwork (budget must be submitted and approved in advance).
  • Support to identify and secure installation materials.
  • Facilitate relationships and access to collection items.
  • Skilled labor during the installation process.
  • Standard exhibition marketing and publicity.
  • Standard photographic documentation of installation (does not include video documentation).
  • An opening reception to present the exhibition to the public.
  • Studio space within a university department (if available).
  • Total budget: $27,000.


  • A preliminary site visit, a continuous 14-week residency, oversee installation (if applicable).
  • One public lecture.
  • Attend a meet-and-greet with university and surrounding communities.
  • Involve faculty and students from two or more courses in the creation of artwork or workshop(s).
  • Community engagement (e.g. workshop, involvement in creation of artwork).
  • Realization of the proposed work for a 4,000 square foot gallery, which will remain on view for up to five months.
  • Mutually agreed upon artwork gifted to the CU Art Museum.

Application Procedure

Application portal opens June 1, 2020. The CU Art Museum Artist-In-Residence Program process uses Submittable. Application requirements include:

  • Artist-in-Residence Program proposal, no more than two pages (double spaces in 12-point font) communicating your interdisciplinary approach to working with CU Boulder resources. Please discuss how you will collaborate with campus and external constituents to create new work.*
  • Cover letter, no more than one page.
  • Work samples may include audio, image and video files.
  • Resume of no more than two pages.
  • List of two references with contact information.

*The museum will not allow works that create facility damage, pose a risk to conservation or pest management, or are a threat to human safety. While we do not censor work based on content, there may be a need for signage alerting visitors to the presence of certain imagery, themes or materials. Applicants will only have access to the museum during our operational hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All work will be exhibition-specific based on facility limitations, staff capacities and the timeline and scope for exhibition preparation, loans, transportation and installation. Projects need to be adapted to fit these parameters or they will not be approved.

Application Timeline

  • Artist-in-Residence Program Application portal opens: June 1, 2020.
  • Artist-in-Residence Program Proposals due: September 7, 2020.
  • Selection Committee review: September/October 2020.
  • Finalists Interviews via zoom: October/November 2020.
  • Notification: November 30, 2020.
  • Residency: fall semester 2021 or spring semester 2022.
  • Exhibition Opening: January 2022.

Selection Process

The CU Art Museum Artist-in-Residence Program is selected by a Selection Committee of museum staff, CU Boulder faculty and a community representative. The museum welcomes applications from artists and teams external to the University of Colorado system. The Selection Committee will take into account:

  • Artistic Excellence
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Campus involvement
  • Utilizing campus resources to further the artist’s intellectual and creative inquiry
  • Alignment with university and art museum mission/vision
Discipline Categories: Crafting Arts Visual Arts
Opportunity Types: Residencies