President Yager Announces the Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence Program

Sent to students, faculty and staff April 6, 2022

Good afternoon,

I’m writing to you to share information about an exciting new initiative at University of the Arts that will undoubtedly bolster our mission to advance human creativity and imbue our university community with new sources of enthusiasm and energy.

The Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence program at UArts will gather artists from our community and around the world as they seek to catalyze their burgeoning careers. These residencies will offer artists the foundation needed to reflect, experiment and produce compelling new work at a pivotal moment in their lives. Moreover, I expect these artists to bring a wide range of disciplines and innovative ideas to our campus and contribute to contemporary knowledge production within the arts, much to our collective benefit.

As you know, renovations to the third floor of Anderson Hall have been underway for some time, made possible by generous donor support. When the work concludes, I am thrilled that we will offer 10 individual studio spaces, a communal lounge, and two dedicated spaces for exhibitions and installations in support of this initiative. Two of the studios will always be reserved for members of our creative community. This new program will welcome emerging or mid-career artists, including collaborative groups, with proven histories of creative practice (and who are age 21+) for residencies ranging from three months to one year.

Through these residencies, a wide range of creative disciplines will intersect and cross-pollinate, ranging from visual arts, new media, performance, design, film, moving images, writing, choreography and music composition. I eagerly anticipate the artists—who will be chosen by a committee of external arts professionals, such as curators, artists, academics and critics—will productively engage members of the university community through their practice and public presentations. I am particularly appreciative of the pathways that will connect students, faculty and staff to these residencies and look forward to experiencing the many ways these artists will contribute to and learn from the UArts community.

The initial call for these residencies is now open. I strongly encourage all interested and eligible members of our community to apply and share this announcement with talented artists in your networks.