The Museum’s iconic Artist-in-Residence program, envisioned by artist William T. Williams, gives emerging artists an unparalleled opportunity to develop their practice in an eleven-month residency, and offers audiences the chance to view this work in annual exhibitions.
Alumni of the program, who now number nearly 150, include some of today’s most significant and innovative artists, such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby, David Hammons, Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. These artists have exhibited their work around the nation and the world in solo and group exhibitions, entered their work into important museum collections, and received many prestigious fellowships and awards.
Every year, the Museum offers an eleven-month residency for three local, national, or international artists working in any media. Individuals selected for the residency receive institutional guidance and professional development, research support, studio space, and a stipend of $25,000 paid out in bi-weekly installments over the course of the residency.