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Witt Residency Program

Roman J. Witt Residency Application

The mission of the Roman J. Witt Residency Program is to support the production of new work with assistance from the Stamps School of Art & Design community. The program awards one residency per academic year for a visiting artist/designer to work at the school to develop a new work in collaboration with students and faculty. For the Stamps School community to witness and partake in the creation of a defined work from idea to realization is the centerpiece of the residency. This visibility of the artist’s process is intended as an exemplary teaching tool for the school as a whole. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as a presentation that summarizes the process and work accomplished.

Eligibility

The Witt Residency is open to both established and emerging artists/designers. The Witt residency provides students an alternative learning opportunity to engage with practicing artists who can make use of resources across campus, therefore the ideal candidate must value collaboration, have good social and communication skills and be interested in generating creative partnerships across disciplines. It is the goal of the Witt Residency to foster an atmosphere of inventive creative activity that extends throughout the University community.

Honorarium

Witt Residents receive an honorarium of $20,000 for up to twelve weeks in residence served over an academic year. In addition to the honorarium, residents will be provided with housing, studio space, and up to $4,000 funding support for project materials. The School encourages applications from individuals as well as from creative teams however, please be advised that the resources listed above are finite, including the travel budget. If teams apply, the expectation is that the award will be shared between its members.

How to Apply

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The Witt Residency Program's application process is conducted using SlideRoom, an online review system.

Applicants register and submit their application materials on the SlideRoom website.

SlideRoom Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application form, including resume/CV and references.
  • Upload media - this may include video, audio, and pdf files.
  • Submit the processing fee.

Slideroom requires a nominal $10-15 application fee to offset the cost of media uploads and storage at the time of submission.

If you cannot use Slideroom and would like to make alternate arrangements, please email Chrisstina Hamilton at chrissti@umich.edu.

Application Schedule
  • Proposals Due – January 14, 2018
  • Selection Committee Review – February, 2018
  • Finalist Interviews – March/April, 2018
  • Notification – May 15, 2018
About the Stamps School of Art & Design

Offering a unique art and design education within the University of Michigan, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan focuses on research-based, transdisciplinary creative practice as an engine for cultural change and innovation.

The Stamps undergraduate program offers a non-media specific degree at the intersection of art and design and challenges students to define their own creative path through an open curriculum. Our dynamic two-year MFA program integrates creative production with rigorous academic studies, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. It is structured to expand the intellectual reach of creative work and utilize a comprehensive process for bringing creative work into the world. Our MDes in Integrative Design aligns graduate education with the best in emerging professional practice. Rooted in collaboration, our two-year MDes program brings together a small cohort to focus on addressing one "wicked problem" through design.

The Stamps School of Art & Design has a current enrollment of 500 undergraduate and nineteen graduate students. Fifty-four full-time faculty, a cohort of part-time faculty, and forty administrative and technical staff support the School's programs. Additional information about the School and its programs is available at stamps.umich.edu.

Facilities

Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the school’s main facility is located on the university’s North Campus, and includes well-equipped media studios for drawing, painting, printmaking (lithography and intaglio), clay, wood, fibers, hot metals (welding, casting, brazing), cold metals (machine tools), video, photography (large and small format printers), and digital fabrication. The School of Art & Design also maintains faculty/graduate studio facilities off-campus at 1919 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. This 33,000-square foot facility accommodates all of the school’s faculty and graduate students in one building, with sixty-six private studios for all full-time faculty and graduate students, large shared working and meeting spaces, wood, metal, and multi-purpose shops and a digital media studio.

Engagement with the extensive scholarly, human, and technical resources of the University of Michigan is encouraged and facilitated. Comprised of nineteen schools and colleges, U-M is one of the world's foremost public research universities. Current enrollment on the Ann Arbor campus totals 44,718 graduate and undergraduate students. Additional information about the University of Michigan is available at umich.edu.

Location

Ann Arbor, located forty miles west of Detroit on the Huron River, is an intellectually and culturally rich community, with a current population of 120,782. Additional information about Ann Arbor is available at annarbor.org.