SUNY Oswego Artist-in-Residence Program

The newly created Artist-in-Residence Program at SUNY Oswego brings an artist to campus for one academic semester (applicant’s choice of Fall or Spring) to produce a body of work, teach in the area of their specialty, and to conduct research. The resident artist is given the opportunity to pursue research and/or realize a specific project while drawing on the College’s resources, including its facilities, faculty and student body, practice and performance space, libraries and collections.

A central focus of this residency program is on artistic work that engages with issues of diversity, intersectionality, inclusion, and belonging, including but not limited to the experiences and lived realities of marginalized or minoritized communities or individuals. Candidates who are members of underrepresented or minoritized group are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates for the program include both emerging and established artists who demonstrate the ability to collaborate across disciplinary fields. For the inaugural year, the Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists working in the visual arts, theatre, music, creative writing, dance, and film. Artists whose work incorporates multiple mediums in the aforementioned categories are also encouraged to apply.

Goals for the Artist-in-Residence program are as follows:

  • Create opportunities for students to have longer/more impactful experiences with visiting artists
  • Highlight current work of underrepresented artists
  • Increase number of faculty of color teaching in arts departments
  • Host collaborative/interdisciplinary arts programs with multiple avenues for audiences within and beyond the campus community

During the course of their residencies, the artists will create a project that engages with the campus and greater community and will give public presentations/master classes along with a cumulative exhibition, performance, screening, or public installation (part of ARTSwego’s Performing Arts series). Resident artists will also be given the opportunity to teach one course per semester in their specialty as an Adjunct Instructor. The selected Artist-in-Residence will receive on campus housing (single occupancy), use of campus facilities and studios, and an honorarium of $5,000 in addition to adjunct pay, if applicable. Expenses associated with the final public performance or exhibition will also be covered by this program.

Application Instructions:

Applications are due February 29, 2020 by midnight. 

A complete application submission will consist of the following: 

  • 5–8 Work Samples (digital email attachments or links to work samples)
  • CV or resume
  • Diversity Statement (which should focus on the artist’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how this commitment informs their artistic work)
  • Description of project(s) to be completed during their residency (with preference of Fall or Spring Semester) specifying impact on students and community audiences
  • List of three references with contact information

Materials must be submitted electronically (PDF format) to:

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse committee of campus faculty, staff, and students from various academic departments. Announcement of selected Artist-in-Residence will be made by April 2020.

Questions regarding the SUNY Oswego Artist-in-Residence Program should be emailed to: Miranda Traudt, Director of Arts Programming -

Contact Information

Miranda Traudt, Director of Arts Programming
7060 NY-104
Contact Phone: 
(315) 312-4581
Contact e-mail: