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Montana State University School of Art Offering International Artist Residency

Published January 8, 2018

iAIR 2018: Montana State University School of Art International Artist in Residence links and info available at

To foster an environment of international artistic exchange while providing a rich working experience for the artist to practice and grow.  The School of Art strives to cultivate a dialogue between the national and international art community and the community of Bozeman, Montana.  The iAIR program at the School of Art is supported in part by the Beulah Glaze Waller Endowment.

From the Director of the School of Art:
We are a community of committed, creative people bound together by a shared understanding of visual language and a dedication to the enlightened understanding of visual culture and the histories that generate it. We are at the heart of Montana’s most influential and inventive artistic community, providing an energetic environment in which new ideas can flourish.

Founded in 1893 as the state’s land-grant college, MSU’s School of Art was originally a center of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing and craft industries. Our role has continually evolved and redefined itself to reflect the needs of the communities of which we are apart.

Now as then, our vision remains the same – to provide a world-class creative education, which makes a significant cultural, social, and economic contribution to the university; to the broader community; and to the global community as a whole.

Bozeman is the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state.  Bozeman has experienced a healthy pace of growth. Over the past 40 years, it has grown from the 6th to the 4th largest city in the state.  The area continually attracts new residents due to the quality of life, scenery, and nearby recreation. In August 2010, Bozeman was selected by Outside Magazine as the best place to live in the west for skiing.

 Residency Details:
Residency Dates: Monday, October 1, 2018 – Monday, November 5, 2018
Exhibition Venue: Helen E. Copeland Gallery, 213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59718
Exhibition Dates: Install will be Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th
The Exhibition will be Monday, October 29th – Friday, November 2nd.
The public reception will be Thursday, November 1st, 6 -8 pm
Deinstall will be Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday if needed.

The incoming flight will be scheduled for arrival in Bozeman on Monday October 1, 2018; departure flight will be scheduled on Monday, November 5, 2018.

The lectures and critique dates will be scheduled in conversation with the iAIR upon arrival in Bozeman.

The iAIR program is a multidisciplinary residency, open to all forms of visual arts and design, selected by a peer review panel of 6-8 members.  Applications are open to emerging, mid-career, and established international artists.   Artists must be fluent in English in order to communicate and interact with faculty, staff, and students. Artists absent from residency in excess of four (4) days require prior arrangement with Residency Director. Absence may jeopardize artist’s residency. Current undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible to apply for this program.

Application Information:
Applications are to be submitted online at Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 9th, 2018 at Midnight GMT.  There is a $35.00 USD application fee due at the time of submission.

Applicants should submit the following documents: a CV or résumé; an artist statement (maximum 500 words); an image list that corresponds with submitted works; and a residency proposal (maximum 500 words).  Please submit each document separately as a Word document or a PDF.  In addition to the documents, please submit 8-10 images or A/V files.  Images should be a maximum of 1200 x 800 pixels and audio or video clips should not exceed 2 minutes each.  Accepted formats are JPEG, TIFF, PNG, MP3, MP4, WAV, and MOV.

All documents and files should be labeled with your first initial and surname followed by submission type (i.e. h.miller_cv, h.miller_image1, h.miller_audio2, etc.).

Studios and Special Facilities Available:
The iAIR will have access to all tools and facilities at Haynes Hall and the Melvin Graduate Studios, including: ceramics, printmaking, letterpress, digital labs, wood workshop, metals workshop, sculpture yard, and a small B&W darkroom. A workspace will be provided and may be situated among the student population so that the students can learn from and observe the iAiR.  24-hour access will be granted to both buildings.

If the iAiR wishes, a gym membership can be purchased for $40 at Hoseaus Fitness Center on Campus, complete with swimming access, group exercise classes, weights, climbing wall, etc.

In the five-week residency, the artist will live in a private, furnished apartment on the first floor of South Hedges Hall, which also houses the Freshmen Art cohort.  South Hedges is across the street from School of Art in Haynes Hall and a 15-20 minute walk to the Melvin Graduate Art Studios. The apartment has 24-hour access and security, includes a kitchenette, bedroom with a full-sized bed, small living room, and private bathroom.  Laundry facilities are on site ($2 per load for the washer and $2 per load for the dryer) as is a fitness room and work spaces.  Adjacent to the building is Miller Dining Hall with numerous food options and services. Artists are expected to keep their apartments in a neat and orderly fashion. The apartments are furnished and clean upon arrival and should be left in the same condition upon departure, normal wear and tear excepted. No unauthorized persons or pets are allowed to reside in the apartment with the artist. Please note that Montana State University is a Tobacco Free campus.

Also, within a walking distance is the Museum of the Rockies, Renne Library, a grocery store, brewery, post office, smaller restaurants, FedEx, coffee shops, and other services and amenities.

Facilities are fully accessible.

Artists Responsible for the following:
Application fee – $35.00 USD, US Visa Expenses, personal medical insurance, living expenses, material costs above what is provided by the School of Art, transportation once in residence, food expenses, and any shipping of artwork to and from the residency.

MSU School of Art provides:
Roundtrip airfare to Bozeman, pick-up and drop-off at the airport, housing/utilities, office space, materials assistance (up to $250.00 USD), program administration, and a general stipend of $1000.00 USD ($900.00 upon arrival and $100.00 as room deposit will be given to the iAIR upon completion of the residency.)

Other Expectations and Opportunities:
The School of Art at Montana State University has created this program to develop a relationship between the artist with the students, faculty, and community of Bozeman, MT.  In return it is requested that the iAiR provide the following:

  1. “Conversations about Art” is an informal dinner gathering that seeks to create a forum for exchange between the iAIR, faculty members, and graduate students.
  2. Provide a public lecture and image presentation on their practice to introduce the iAIR to the community.
  3. Participation in a minimum of one lecture for the School of Art Foundation classes
  4. Participation in at least one group critique session with the graduate students.  Further participation in teaching and lectures across the School of Art is expected throughout the residency.
  5. A one-week onsite exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at the School of Art
  6. Also, as a service to the larger MSU community, the iAiR will be expected to attend or perform one other event or workshop for the cohort at South Hedges Hall, be it a private lecture, attend a group dinner, host a workshop, etc.  The details of this event can be discussed upon acceptance into the iAiR program and tailored to the iAiR’s skills.
  7. Residents may participate in any of the other classes, critiques, or workshops offered at the School of Art during their stay.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the MSU School of Art Gallery Director at  To connect to the application on Submittable, click the following link: or click the button below.