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The Core Program: Artist and Critical Studies Residencies

Published January 25, 2018

Charles Gaines and Felipe Steinberg (2016–18 fellow). Photo courtesy The Core Program.

Application deadline: April 1, 2018

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
4101 San Jacinto Blvd #209
77004 Houston, TX

T 713 639 7500

The Core Program awards postgraduate residencies to highly motivated, exceptional visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice.
About the program
Residents engage with a wide range of distinguished artists, critics, curators, and art historians who are invited to meet individually with the residents, lead seminars, and deliver public lectures. Fellows are expected to be active in their own artistic or critical practice. Core fellows participate in a year-long seminar, the content of which is driven by contemporary concerns, the interests and work of the fellows, and the Core lecture series and visitors.
The residency term is nine months, from September to May, and fellows may apply for a second term. Each spring the program mounts an exhibition of work produced during the residency, which is accompanied by a publication to which the critical studies residents contribute texts based on their original research. Critical studies residents may apply for support for a curatorial project in their second year. Residents receive a $17,500 USD stipend, 24-hour access to a private studio or office, and borrowing privileges at the Museum’s Hirsch Library and Rice University’s Fondren Library. Because the program is intended to foster intensive participation in an active peer group, including regular seminar meetings, Core fellows must reside in Houston for the duration of the Core term.
How to apply
Applications for the 2018–19 Core term are due April 1, 2018. For instructions and more information, visit