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Apply for the St. Elmo Arts Residency at the University of Texas at Austin

Awarded each academic year to a newly graduated MFA artist, the St. Elmo Arts Residency offers a house and a studio space in addition to a $30,000 stipend, teaching experience, and a solo exhibition.

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 Austinā€™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.

TheĀ 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 ResponsibilitiesĀ 

  • 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

Ā Eligibility

  • 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, visitĀ utexas.edu/St-Elmo.