The Eskenazi School of Art Architecture + Design at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for a 4–6-week McKinney International Art and Design Residency. An established artist or designer will be selected whose primary country of residence is outside the United States. Applicants should be actively engaged in a contemporary artistic practice and show evidence of a national and international exhibition record. Applications from practitioners of studio disciplines, as well as criticism, are welcome.
Selected artists are required to visit for a 4–6-week period between February 1–May 1, 2026.
The Artist-in-Residence will be selected based on the merits of their professional careers, their dedication to being part of an academic environment, and their proposal to develop and expand on their creative process utilizing the facilities, unique collections, and research centers available at Indiana University. Selected applicants will be featured as part of the McKinney Visiting Artist Lecture Series and must remain in residence for the full period of the residency. In addition, prospective residents will coordinate with the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design to offer studio visits, open studios, and a workshop based on technical/conceptual innovations.
Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of our world-class contributions in research and in the arts. Just 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis with over 40,000 students, Indiana University Bloomington is a cultural and artistic hub of the Midwest. While IU’s amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city’s cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right. Bloomington residents and IU students, faculty, and staff form a vibrant, active community that benefits from the metropolitan qualities of a large city and the easy pace of a small town.
Studio Art, founded in 1895, offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fourteen concentrations including ceramics, painting, graphic design, metalsmithing and jewelry design, digital art and time based media, photography, fibers, printmaking, creative core, and sculpture.
Studio space, lodging, and a fellowship of $8,000 USD will be provided. This fellowship will be distributed in two parts, one portion prior to arrival in order to assist with travel costs to Indianapolis Airport, and the remaining balance will be distributed after the completion of the visit. The Eskenazi School will also provide health insurance for the length of the appointment, and purchase up to $500 in supplies during the visit. Other studio expenses will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.
Applications are submitted via Slideroom in the link provided.
To apply, please submit:
• Cover letter
• Current CV
• 500-word proposal
• Ten images of recent work, and if writing is part of your practice, two writing samples.
• Date preferences
• Interest in studio and research facilities and how these might best support your proposal.
Artists are invited to develop proposals using the following resources:
• Eskenazi Museum of Art. Holdings include significant original prints, photographs, and collections of prehistoric to contemporary art
• Grunwald Gallery of Art. Exhibits of contemporary art and faculty and student work
• Black Film Center/Archive. Archive of historic and contemporary film
• Fine Arts Library. Holds significant collection of artist books
• Lilly Library. Rare books and manuscripts
• Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. Archive of art, publications, materials related to sex research
• Center for Integrative Photographic Studies (CIPS). Photography, lens-based and sensing imaging across many disciplines in the arts, humanities, and sciences
• IU Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Collections, exhibits, and programs about its anthropological collections
• Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection. Historic fashion and costumes
• Jacobs School of Music. Music conservatory
• IU Cinema. Art film cinema
• Wylie House Museum. Historic house museum
• Moving Image Archive. Houses over 130,000 items related to film production
• Other IU Collections. Full list here
• Access to studios of all 10 disciplines within the Eskenazi School
• Additional regional research resources/cultural assets