Who We Are and AIR Program Description
LUX Center for the Arts is a non-profit art 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 can last six-months to two years and 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 Center and within the larger context of Lincoln, Nebraska.
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.
An MFA is preferred, but not necessary; teaching experience is a must. Residencies are granted based on quality of work and community-mindedness.
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.
- Studio Access- All residents receive free studio space (shared or private depending on media 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 in ceramics, painting, or metals have the opportunity to teach college level art classes for Doane College-Lincoln campus, held at LUX Center.
- Exhibition Opportunities- All residents are offered general representation in the sales gallery for the duration of their residency and 30% off artwork and classes (when paid with cash or check 25% discount if paid by credit card). Residents who have a year or longer residency are also offered an exhibition in the conclusion of their residency.
- Materials-Ceramics residents are allowed use of regularly stocked clay and glaze materials (but must provide your own mason stains) and free firings.
Private Resident Studios
- 100 sq. ft. open studio space and drafting table for a painting, fibers or mixed media resident
- 256 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 Workspaces/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, a Peter Pugger mixer and a wall-mounted clay extruder
- 670 sq. ft. classroom with a Takach Etching Press (26”x40” bed)
- 72 sq. ft. basic metals studio with an acetylene torch
- 660 sq. ft. classroom space and painting studio
Residency Requirements and Expectations
LUX Center for the Arts is a community arts center. Being such, all residents must:
- Keep their studio and classroom spaces clean and organized
- Keep facility equipment maintained
- Be available during some open studio hours to assist students
- Be at the LUX for 10-15 hours per week. This time should be a combination of:
- Cleaning and equipment maintenance
- Open studio hours
- Monthly First Friday receptions
- Special events (Community Arts Afternoon, deLUX art gala, Winterfest)
- Non-paid teaching assignments
- Contribute one piece of artwork for the annual deLUX art gala
- Residents whose contract coincides with the gala must volunteer at the event
- Residents must be willing to teach other community classes offered for pay
- Ceramics residents are responsible for ceramic studio management and maintenance as part of their 10-15 hours per week at the LUX. This includes:
- keeping an inventory of regularly stocked materials
- mixing clay and glazes for all LUX ceramics classes
- firing all LUX student work (bisque and glaze)
- kiln maintenance.
Ceramic residents are offered use of regularly stocked materials as a benefit to the additional work required.
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 with an MFA in ceramics, painting or metals will have the opportunity to contract with Doane College-Lincoln to teach classes they offer at the LUX Center. Residents are responsible for their own living expenses. LUX Center for the Arts offers no housing for residents.