Katy McCarthy (2018-19 St. Elmo Fellow), Mary Todd Lincoln or Why I Couldn’t Finish the Video in Time, (2017), screenshot. 7:09 video. Courtesy the artist.

The St. Elmo Arts Residency is a joint project of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Art and Art History and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The program offers one fellowship each academic year to a newly graduated MFA artist in painting, drawing, print, photo, sculpture or multimedia. This is a nine-month opportunity for concentrated studio work, the acquisition of teaching experience and culminates in a solo exhibition.

The residency is situated in a beautifully renovated house and studio compound in the St. Elmo district of South Austin, located midway between the university campus and the Wildflower Center.

The Fellowship

  • 24-hour access to a private 1800-square-foot studio
  • Private furnished house capable of accommodating the fellow and a partner
  • $30,000 USD stipend
  • Part-time teaching experience at UT Austin
  • Part-time teaching experience at the Wildflower Center
  • Solo exhibition at the Wildflower Center

Fellow Responsibilities 

  • 9-month commitment
  • Teach one class per semester in Studio Art in the Department of Art and Art History
  • Teach one workshop per semester at the Wildflower Center
  • Public lecture on your work
  • Solo exhibition


  • For the residency beginning mid-August 2019, only artists who graduated from an MFA program in December 2018 or spring 2019 are invited to apply.
  • If you graduated prior to December 2018, you are not eligible to apply.
  • Only artists graduating from US graduate MFA programs are eligible to apply.
  • UT Austin MFA students and alumni are not eligible to apply.

Applications are due Monday, April 15, 2019. For more information on how to apply, visit utexas.edu/St-Elmo.

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