The UICB Alumni Residency provides access to North Hall studios to graduates of the UICB MFA or Certificate Programs. Selected artists are expected to work independently. Artists must have been trained on specific UICB equipment, as students, in the specific UICB studios they wish to use. Please contact us with questions about studio usage or with questions regarding your training history.

Residents must complete a brief orientation with UICB staff or faculty before working in the UICB studios.

Residents will observe all current UICB studio use and clean up policies. There is no charge for studio use. Materials are not provided beyond basic shop materials (solvent, ink, purified water, adhesives, etc.). As available, studio storage in the form of shelves and flat file space will be provided. There is no room, board, travel allotment, or materials stipend attached to this residency.

Residents will be asked to provide photographic documentation of the completed project.

There may be the opportunity for residents to give an artist talk and/or exhibit work in the K.K. Merker Gallery. Please inquire if interested.

Summer Residency:

Typically, the Summer Residency period runs from late May – Early August.  Studio demands such as current student use, summer courses, and equipment maintenance will also be taken into account when determining the selection of resident artists. Visit MyUI to see a listing of courses for summer, and to see which studios may have limited or restricted use. Please contact us with questions about access to specific studios.

Winter Residency:

On occasion, studio access over the Winter Term may be available, depending on the academic calendar of that year and the burden on the at that time studios. Inquire in advance before submitting an application for a residency over the winter break.


Applicants please submit:

  • a proposal detailing the project to be completed (250-400 words)
  • the range of dates you are available
  • a project timeline describing studio use and equipment needs, list all equipment you will use. Include desired dates and mention specific equipment, studios, and estimated time needed for all activities (for example: 4 days setting & distributing type; 2 days exposing photopolymer plates; 11 days printing @ 7 hours/day; 3 days in bindery assembling books, for a total of 20 days in North Hall studios.)
  • a current resume or CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • optional: up to 10 images of work, with an image list. Images should be no larger than 1500 pixels either direction, max 1 MB each. Images should be grouped as a single PDF file.
  • if accepted: a headshot and a photo or two of your current work, and an artist’s bio (up to 150 words) are requested

Judging criteria will primarily be based on availability of requested studio spaces and applicant’s record of conscientious studio use. Applications will be also be evaluated on clarity of proposal, demonstrated need of studio facilities, balanced with appropriateness to UICB studios.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning October 15 of each year.

Although repeat applications are welcome, please wait at least 12 months after your residency to apply again. Residencies will not be awarded in consecutive years.

With questions, please contact:

Previous Residents

2023: Katharine DeLamater, Katerina Hazell, Rachel Singel

2022: Kazumi Wilds

2021: Anneka Baird, Natasha Brandel, Suzanne Glémot, Katerina Hazell, India Johnson, Krista Narciso

2019: Kazumi Wilds, Michelle Moode, Rachel Singel, Anna Embree

2018: Radha Pandey, Sarah Luko, Elise Hochhalter

2016: Drift Plain Collective, Candida Pagan, Anna Embree

2015: Kimberly Maher, Cody Gieselman, Jillian Linster

2014: Pamela Olson

2013: Lee Marchalonis