Artists in Residence Program

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Artists in Residence program

is an education-based residency which allows one to two emerging artists to live, work, and teach on the Munson-Williams 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 interested in art education in community arts and college curricula while receiving support to develop a vibrant, self-directed studio practice. Programming includes presenting a public lecture, teaching community arts education classes, holding a public open studio event, and designing and implementing accessible community projects with various departments on campus. Artists receive financial support, housing, meals, studio, and an exhibition in the Museum of Art. 

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  • Residency is nine months, August through May.
  • Call for artists rotates through disciplines each academic year. 
  • One artist is in residence for the 2022/23 academic year. 
  • Artists receive a stipend of $2,500.
  • Artists receive a private or shared studio with 24/7 access.
  • Paid fall and spring semester non-credit teaching opportunities in the Community Arts Education program; Paid PrattMWP College Program 3D/Foundations credit teaching opportunities**
  • Fall artist talk, winter open studio, spring Museum of Art solo exhibition, and promotion for these events. 
  • Furnished private apartment in the heart of the Munson-Williams campus.  
  • Dining Hall meal plan.


  • The residency suits self-directed, motivated, community oriented artists that have an energetic willingness to participate in campus and community life with genuine interest in gaining educational experience.
  • Develop own artwork and studio practice.
  • Work with the Community Arts Education and Residency Director prior to arriving to develop non-credit community ceramics classes to teach each semester for adults.
  • Work with the Museum Education Department to imagine, design, and plan art projects for three to four community Art Alive Family Days or similar programming.
  • Work with PrattMWP College of Art & Design Faculty and undergraduate student body with the potential to teach a credit course**
  • Present a lecture of current work, open studio, and solo exhibition of new work during residency.
  • Artists are responsible for transportation to and during residency and any additional costs of living. 

**PrattMWP credit course teaching opportunities are contingent on college enrollment, AIR experience, and are assigned at the discretion of the Chair and Dean.

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. For more detailed information on the residency program please read the following section.

Our 2022/23 Artist in Residence process is now closed. Please check back here in January of 2023 for the 2023/24 call for applications, details, and medium.

Program Eligibility:

Application Fees

Stipend + Pay (USD)

Teaching + Community Presence

Housing + Meals



Selection Process

Application Instructions

To Apply

Our 2022/23 Artist in Residence process is now closed. Please check back here in January of 2023 for the 2023/24 call for applications, details, and medium. 
Please follow the program on Instagram @artistsresidencymwp for updates and join our mailing list. 

Artist in Residence Alumni

Visit the AIR Alumni page to learn about our current and past residents.

The Artists in Residence Program is made possible with the generous support of: Sunithi S. Bajekal