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UMS Flint Artist in Residence Program

Call for Flint-based Artists

Tunde Olaniran

Tunde Olaniran, 2019-2020 UMS Research Residency Artist

The Education and Community Engagement Department at UMS, together with the UM-Flint Arts + Culture Research Cluster, is seeking a Flint-area artist to engage in a residency on the campus of U-M Flint and throughout Southeastern Michigan during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This residency, funded in part by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to bring artists to UM-Flint to center the creation of art in the campus experience. Through this residency, UMS and UMF seek to:

  • Support an artist in developing new work in Flint
  • Share the artistic creative practice with UM-Flint students, faculty, and staff
  • Forge interdisciplinary connections between the artist’s practice and various academic units on campus
  • Provide opportunities for interaction and exchange between UM-Flint and the wider community of Flint-area artists and residents
What will an artist get out of this experience?

The selected artist will receive money and resources to create. They will be compensated $10,000 for this residency and have an additional budget of up to $10,000 to spend on artistic materials, collaborators, or other expenses necessary to execute the work. Through the University of Michigan and UMS, the artist will have access to a variety of resources to support the development of their work. View the list of potential resources you could take advantage of during this residency (all resources are pending availability, UMS will work with you to see what is possible).

What does it mean to be in residence?

It changes every year depending on what the artist’s work and interests are. The program is continually shaped in conversation with the artist.

The selected artist will come to campus several times throughout the academic year to create new work and share it with people on campus and in the area. The residency will culminate in a public sharing of the work. This could be a performance, art show, screening, etc. The sharing event need not be of a complete or finished work. We will work with the artist to figure out how this process can best be shared with the public.

The artist will also participate in campus and community engagement activities. These engagements will be developed in conversation with the artist to ensure they are mutually beneficial. These could take the form of classroom visits, performances, open studio sessions, working with a student group or club, etc.

Jilian Walker, 2017-2018 UMS Research Residency Artist

  • In order to apply you must be an artist from, previously, or currently residing in Genesee County.
  • You must be available to visit U-M Flint at various periods throughout the academic year.
  • Artists from a variety of disciplines are welcome to apply, including: Art, Dance, Design, Film/Video, Multimedia Arts, Music, Poetry, Photography, Street Art, Spoken Word Theater, etc.
  • To apply, please click “apply now.” You will be asked some short answer questions about your artistic practice and asked to provide 1-3 examples of artistic works.

The academic year runs from August 30, 2021 to April 19, 2022. The artist in residence will commit to at least one period of residency in the Fall 2021 semester (1-3 days) and one period in the Winter 2022 semester (1-2 weeks) for the creation of the work and accompanying engagement activities. Additionally, the artist will participate in planning meetings with UMS and U-M Flint staff. More campus visits can be scheduled to best support the artist in the development of their work, and achieve campus engagement goals. We are flexible in the frequency and length of visits depending on what the artist needs.

What’s the history of this residency?

This residency program began in 2016 (previously under the name “Research Residency” which was centered on the Ann Arbor campus.) This is our first year collaborating with UM-Flint. You can learn more about previous resident artists here:

Questions on the program or the application?

Maddy Wildman, UMS University Programs Manager, is happy to answer questions. She is also available for individual consultation on your application. You can reach her at


Funded in part by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

National Endowment for the Arts Arts Midwest

Application Deadline

August 15, 2021

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