MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts invites emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines to apply for the second annual Art Practice Artist-in-Residence program. One artist will be selected to be the Artist-in-Residence for the duration of the Art Practice program’s summer semester. The residency period will be June 13 – July 31, 2017. The Artist-in-Residence will receive a studio, access to the facilities, including the Metal Shop, Wood Shop, Digital Sculpture Center, Digital Editing Lab, Fibers Lab, Ceramics Lab and Nature and Technology Lab, and a $2500 stipend. Additionally, the Artist-in-Residence will give a public artist talk on Tuesday, July 3. He or she is expected to engage with the SVA Art Practice community, participate in weekly group critiques, and develop a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation (exhibition, screening, performance, book launch, etc.) during Open Studios on July 25.

We are committed to building a culturally and artistically diverse community and encourage applications from artists working in all media and representing all identities.


  • Deliver an artist talk at the School of Visual Arts on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
  • Participate in weekly group critiques of Art Practice graduate students’ work
  • Conceive of and carry out a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation of the work
  • Dedicate at least 20 hours per week to work within their Art Practice studio and/or the related facilities


  • An MFA or equivalent
  • A significant exhibition record
  • Proven ability to execute ideas to completion
  • Experience in teaching or leading workshops is highly desirable


Applications for the AIR program should be submitted through SlideRoom and must include:

  • 5 – 10 still images of recent work and/or 1 -2 video or audio files, up to 2 minutes in length
  • An artist statement, contextualizing one’s work
  • A project proposal, including a timeline and material and space requirements
  • C.V.
  • The names and contact information for 2 references

Additional Information

  • The selected Artist-in-Residence will receive a stipend of $2500.00 to be paid over the course of the residency.
  • Artists with a collaborative history may apply for the residency as a team, with the understanding that they would share a studio and the total stipend would be divided among them.
  • Travel and housing costs are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Currently, the residency is only open to artists with legal status to work in the United States.
  • Alumni from the SVA MFA Art Practice program are ineligible to apply.


Rhonda Weppler is the summer 2017 Artist in Residence.

Rhonda Weppler has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, both with her solo work and through collaboration with Trevor Mahovsky. Her work focuses primarily on sculpture, and includes traditional techniques, such as bronze casting, and new technologies such as 3D printing, video, and app development. Many of her projects are ephemeral gallery works and interactive installations, but she has also completed several permanent public art projects. See her work here