Residency Funding


As of 2016, Ox-Bow has furthered its commitment to the needs of artists by no longer charging fees for the residency program (including application, room and board, and residency fees). All accepted residents will be fully funded. Artists and writers may be considered for additional stipends to help pay for the cost of travel, supplies, and time away from work. Please indicate your interest in being considered for an additional stipend on your application.

About our funders


Efroymson Family Fund

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:





National Endowment for the arts Art Works Grant

(Available to summer and fall residents. Recipients residency fees are waived and they receive a $200/ per week stipend) 

In 2017 National Endowment for the Arts announced that Ox-Bow received a highly competitive Art Works grant in support of our artist residencies. The award confers prominence to the creatively fertile ground that Ox-Bow has cultivated for over a century—a community that has supported and encouraged artists from Claes Oldenburg to Theaster Gates. Ox-Bow will offer 26 paid residency opportunities to artists in the summer and fall. MFA Residents, Summer Arts Faculty Residents, Fall Artist in Residents, national and international artist of diverse mediums applied for the Ox-Bow NEA Art Works Grant.

To meet the evolving needs of working artists, we are constantly striving to alleviate their financial barriers. Offering paid residencies answers the increasing call for Ox-Bow to be both an artistic and financial haven for artists and their work. This NEA support is a huge step in that direction.


John M. Hartigan Memorial Scholarship for Painters

John M. Hartigan was a life-long Chicagoan, an artist, a patron of the arts, and a dedicated family man. A gifted lawyer, and an engaged community member, John was always interested in civic affairs, sitting on a number of Boards. Over the years he took courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as summer courses at Ox-Bow. John loved both the camaraderie, and the artistic synergy of the campus. The Hartigan Endowment is used to support the on-going education of artists-in-residence whose medium is acrylic and/or oil. This award is available to applicants for both the Summer and Fall Residency cycles.