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Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence Program

About the Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence Program

Beginning in summer 2022, University of the Arts will welcome 10 artists-in-residence from within the university community and around the world, as they accelerate and cultivate contributions to contemporary knowledge production. This new Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence program, made possible by generous donor support, offers unprecedented residency opportunities at a thriving arts institution on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

The program will gather together 10 individual artists or small collaborative groups at pivotal moments in their careers for three- to 12-month residencies. The emerging and mid-career artists—selected by a committee of external arts professionals, such as curators, academics and critics—will receive the critical support needed to reflect, experiment and produce compelling new work.

To accommodate and support this residency program, the university has built 10 new studios and accompanying installation and exhibition spaces on the third floor of Anderson Hall, an eight-story building on South Broad Street devoted to visual art, design and museum studies. Two of the studio spaces will be reserved for members of the university community. As a means to elevate and sustain relationships with the UArts and greater Philadelphia community, all artists-in-residence will explore connections with ongoing courses and provide public presentations of their work.

In addition to dedicated studio space, artists will have the potential to utilize advanced workshops and labs across UArts’ campus, including fabrication studios, the cutting-edge Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace and Laurie Wagman Recording Studios, and the Center for Immersive Media, which houses one of the largest motion-capture stages on the East Coast. Access to these spaces will be subject to availability and the scope of each project.

Through these residencies, a wide range of creative disciplines will intersect and cross-pollinate, reflecting UArts’ commitment to interdisciplinary arts education. Artists ages 21 and older with proven histories of creative practice from disciplines such as visual arts, new media, performance, design, film, moving images, writing, choreography and music composition are encouraged to apply. Monthly stipends of $800 may be awarded. 

The 2022 open call for residencies closed June 5, 2022

What to Expect: Information for Applicants


UArts Residency fellowships provide 

  • Dedicated work and/or studio space
  • Limited financial support by way of an $800 monthly stipend if awarded by the selection committee
  • Access to UArts specialized centers, such as the Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace; the Center for Immersive Media; the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios; and numerous material workshops including wood, metal, plaster, ceramics, fibers and print/book arts shops. 
  • Opportunities for culminating exhibitions for curatorial fellows and studio fellows 
  • Opportunities to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming


Expectations include

  • Completing the entire length of the residency program
  • Giving one public presentation of work which may include an artist talk, performance, reading, screening or lecture as relevant to one’s practice
  • Participating in public open house/open studio events 
  • Relocation to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the duration of the residency


Review Process

Residency applications are reviewed by a panel of external artists and arts professionals, such as curators, academics and critics. The first cycle of applications will be reviewed by: Nicole Pollard, curator of lived culture at Philadelphia Contemporary; Phong Bui, artist, writer, curator, and publisher and artistic director of Brooklyn Rail; and Jenn Joy, scholar, performance artist and author of The Choreographic.

The application review process consists of an online review, followed by a review panel meeting. The review process takes six to eight weeks from the application deadline. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decisions. Applications must be received by June 5, 2022 in order to be reviewed.

Submission Guidelines 

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest that speaks to the following questions: 
    • What is your specific interest in participating in the Inspiration Labs Artist-in-Residence at the University of the Arts?
    • How will this residency impact your practice?  
    • How will you utilize access to the resources and space provided by the university and its community? 
  • The names and email addresses of three personal or professional references. Note: We do not want letters of reference.
  • Documentation of recent work
  • Documentation: Select from the following list of materials appropriate to your practice. Submit the type of materials that best represents your work.
    • Applicants may submit up to 15 work samples, which can be a combination of images, video, or audio files (maximum of 15 minutes of video and audio).
    • Visual (painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, conceptual).
      • Submission of an image list with title, date, size, media and, where applicable, conceptual intent, is optional.
    • Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting): Submit up to 20 pages of poetry, 30 pages of prose or one to two full-length plays/scripts.
    • Performance/Dance: Submit up to 30 minutes of video, along with any other material that adequately describes your work. Note: The first 10 minutes will be used for the primary review.
    • Film/Video/New Media: Submit up to 30 minutes of video. Note: The first 10 minutes will be used for the primary review.
    • Music / Sound: Submit up to 30 minutes of audio and/or video. Note: The first 10 minutes will be used for the primary review.
    • Arts Professionals (art writers and curators): Submit sufficient material to evidence the breadth of your work and interests, including reviews, essays and catalogs.
    • Architecture / Environment: Review documentation requirements for visual artists.
    • Interdisciplinary Arts: Review other categories to determine what materials you should submit.
  • Applications must be submitted by June 5, 2022.


Apply to the residency program