Program Description 

LUX Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts center that has been serving the Lincoln community for over 34 years.  LUX Center for the Arts began its residency program in 2003 to provide emerging artists with opportunities to hone their studio skills and gain an appreciation for teaching public art classes for youth and adults.  Residencies are offered in ceramics, painting, mixed media, fibers and metals. These opportunities are tailored to artists who have an appreciation for community both at the LUX and within the larger context of Lincoln.

The mission of the LUX Center for the Arts is to enhance the lives of a diverse public through the visual arts by providing exceptional learning opportunities in contemporary art, craft, and design. These opportunities, honoring the legacy of arts educator Gladys M. Lux, include art classes, residency programs, gallery exhibitions and community outreach.


A Master of Fine Arts is preferred, but not required; teaching experience is a must. Residencies are granted based on quality of work and community-mindedness.

Selection Process

Residents are selected by a panel consisting of the executive director, director of education, gallery director, and a previous resident or local artist. Residency periods are arranged by staff according to position openings. The typical residency term is one year, but may range from six months to two years.

Residency Benefits

  • Studio Access  All residents receive free studio space (shared or private depending on medium and space available) and 24-hour access and use of equipment in the studio area to which they applied. Use of other studio areas is allowed as long as it does not interfere with resident artists in those areas.
  • Teaching Experience Residents have priority for paid, on-site teaching opportunities including community art classes for youth and adults. Residents with an MFA or BFA in painting have the opportunity to teach college art classes for Doane College-Lincoln campus, held at the LUX.
  • Exhibition Opportunities All residents are offered general representation in the sales gallery for the duration of their residency. Residents who have a year or longer residency are also offered an exhibition at the conclusion of their residency. Residents also receive 30 percent off artwork and classes (when paid with cash or check; 25 percent discount if paid with credit card).
  • Materials Ceramics residents are allowed use of regularly stocked clay and glaze materials (but must provide own mason stains) and free firings in exchange for the additional required studio duties. All residents can buy materials from the LUX at cost. 



Private Resident Studios

  • 256 sq. ft. open studio space and drafting table for a painting, fibers or mixed media resident
  • 100 sq. ft. private studio spaces for a painting, fibers, metals or mixed media resident
  • 96 sq. ft. private studio shared between 1-2 ceramic residents

Public Studio Work spaces/Classrooms

  • 740 sq. ft. ceramic studio with 9 electric wheels, 3 electric kilns (Olympic LT-3K, Duncan LT-4K and a programmable L&L cone 6 kiln, small slab roller, a Peter Pugger mixer, and a wall-mounted clay extruder)
  • 670 sq. ft. classroom with a Takach Etching Press (26”x40” bed) and 2 color silkscreen printing station, and power-washing booth. 
  • 72 sq. ft. basic metals studio with an acetylene torch
  • 660 sq. ft. classroom space and painting studio

Financial Support

While there is no monthly stipend offered through our residency program, residents have the opportunity to earn money by teaching public and private art classes for the LUX and selling their work in our gallery. Residents are responsible for their own living expenses. LUX Center for the Arts offers no housing for residents, but there are many affordable housing options in the area.