Residency Overview

Ox-Bow’s residency program offers artists and writers, at various stages in their career, the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice. The Arts Faculty and MFA residences are held during the summer while our core classes and community programs are in session. The small group of residents is a part of Ox-Bow’s artist community of students, faculty, and Visiting Artists. The Fall Artist and Writers' Residencies are held for five weeks in September and October. This larger group of residents enjoy a more intimate community. If you are a current Undergraduate or MFA student, we also offer a 13-week summer fellowship.

All accepted residents are fully funded. We are committed to the needs of artists and charge no fees for the program (including application, room & board, and residency fees). Artists may also apply for stipends to help pay for the cost of travel, supplies, and time away from work.


Summer Arts Faculty Residency

Two-week residencies, June 2 - August 17, 2019

During the summer, Ox-Bow offers two-week residencies to five artists who are art faculty members at any grade level, in an adjunct or full-time capacity. This program is designed to give teaching visual artists the much-needed time to focus on their own work and also to connect with other faculty who are teaching at Ox-Bow. There are 3-4 artists in residence on campus during the summer at any given time, The residency provides:

  • Private Studio (Raw studio space, classroom studios such as printmaking, ceramics, metals etc. are not available. Residents should be prepared to work without access to these spaces.)

  • Private room (shared bathrooms and showers)

  • Meals (three meals a day)

  • Access to visiting artists and faculty for studio visits

  • Evening artist lectures

  • Opportunities to share work: slide presentations and/or readings

Please note: Wireless internet is only available in the main inn. There is no internet access in individual studio spaces.


Summer MFA Residency

Three-week residencies, June 2 - August 17, 2019

The MFA Residency is a three-week program open to any current or recent MFA graduate student in a visual arts program. Recent grads must have graduated from an MFA program on or after December 2018. This program allows residents to take advantage of the summer community (faculty, visiting artists and students) while also having the space and time to focus on their practice. There are 3-4 artists in residence on campus during the summer at any given time, The residency provides:

  • Private Studio (Raw studio space, classroom studios such as printmaking, ceramics, metals etc. are not available. Residents should be prepared to work without access to these spaces)

  • Private room (shared bathrooms and showers)

  • Meals (three meals a day)

  • Access to visiting artists and faculty for studio visits

  • Evening artist lectures

  • Opportunities to share work: slide presentations and/or reading

Please note: Wireless internet is only available in the main inn. There is no internet access in individual studio spaces.


Fall Artist and Writers Residency

Two, three, and five week residencies, September 1 - October 5, 2019

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a diverse community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. During the fall season, Artists and Writers in Residence have the opportunity to work in studios not available during the summer session. It’s also a great time to propose group or collaborative work. The residency provides:

  • Studio space (All residents also have access to our printmaking studio. The ceramics studio is dedicated to those artists working primarily in the medium. If you would like access to this space, make sure it is clearly stated in your application)

  • Private room (Shared bathrooms and showers)

  • Meals (Three meals a day)

  • A diverse community of engaged artists

  • Opportunities to share work: slide presentations and/or readings.

Please note: Wireless internet is only available in the main inn and printmaking studio. There is no internet access in individual studio spaces.


International Artists

Ox-Bow’s residency programs are open to international artists. Please take the following into consideration before applying:

  • International artists are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas, as well as all necessary documentation for travel.

  • International applicants are eligible for funding, but please note that any funding granted is restricted to travel and supplies.


Collaborative Residents

Artist may apply as a collaborative team to live and work on campus on a project of their design. Applicants will receive one shared studio space, as well as shared housing. 



FALL 2018 RESIDENT ARTISTS AND WRITERS


Summer 2018 MFA + Arts Faculty Residents

MFA                                                                     Hannah Varamini
Gabriella Willenz
Gabriel Ramos
Betsy Johnson
Rami George


View past fall, summer MFA + Faculty artists and writers in residence.


Ox-Bow's Residency program is made possible through the generous support of:

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This project was funded in part by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund. The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in central Indiana. The Efroymson Family Fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to promote the visibility of communities and to date has awarded more than $88 million in grants in central Indiana and beyond. For more information about the Efroymson Family Fund, visit: efroymsonfamilyfund.org