Artist-in-Residence

AIRs

Applications due June 1st, 2016 for residencies beginning August 1st, 2016.

Four positions are available, two in ceramics and two in other media; metals, fibers, painting, drawing, or mixed media.

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, drawing, 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.

Eligibility

MFA or BFA in studio art.  Residencies are granted based on quality of work, community-mindedness, and experience. Residents teach a variety of classes to all age levels so experience teaching is preferred. 

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 are entitled to a free studio space (shared or private depending on medium and space available), 24-hour access to the building, and use of equipment in the studio area to which they applied. Ceramics residents have access to regularly stocked clay and glaze materials and use of kilns in exchange for studio maintenance duties. All residents can buy materials from the LUX at cost.  
  • Exhibition Opportunities All residents are offered exclusive representation in the sales gallery for the duration of their residency. Residents of a year or longer are also offered an exhibition at the conclusion of their residency. 
  • Teaching Experience Residents have priority for paid teaching opportunities including community art classes for youth and adults. Residents who are willing to teach youth classes typically can support themselves on their earnings. Residents with an MFA or BFA in painting, metals or ceramics may have the opportunity to teach college art classes for Doane College-Lincoln campus, held at the LUX. 
  • Additional Benefits  Residents also receive 30 percent off artwork and 50 percent off classes and workshops. Weekly open figure drawing sessions are free for artists-in-residents.

 

Facilities

Private Resident Studios

  • Ceramics: 96 sq. ft. shared studio with additional space in community ceramics studio. 
  • Other Media: 100 sq. ft. private studio spaces and 256 sq. ft. open studio space and drafting table for painting, fibers, metals or mixed media residents. 

Facilities

  • Ceramics: 740 sq. ft. community studio with 9 electric wheels, 4 electric kilns, small slab roller, a Peter Pugger mixer, wall-mounted clay extruder, and raw materials room for mixing clay and glazes. Studio clay is earthenware. 
  • Metals: 72 sq. ft. basic metals studio with acetylene torches, large metal shear, rolling mill, and sandblaster. 
  • Other Media: 660 sq. ft. classroom space and painting studio. 670 sq. ft. classroom with Takach Etching Press (26×40″ bed) and 2 color silkscreen printing station, and power-washing booth. 

Financial Support

While there is no monthly stipend, residents earn money by teaching classes for the LUX and selling their work in our gallery. Residents willing to take on multiple teaching opportunities may not need a second job. Residents who desire a second job are advised to work less than 20 hours per week at that position. 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.