Applications due at least 2 months in advance of proposed start date.

We are currently accepting applications for artists of all disciplines except ceramics.

Ceramics residencies are currently filled.


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.

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 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 or BFA in painting 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. Residents who have a year or longer residency are also offered an exhibition in the conclusion of their residency. Residents also receive 30% off artwork and classes (when paid with cash or check 25% discount if paid by credit card).
  • Materials- Ceramics residents are allowed use of regularly stocked clay and glaze materials (but must provide your 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

  • 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 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.

AIR Application 

AIR Contract Example

Current Residents

Past Residents