Fitt Artist-in-Residence

Brown Arts Initiative Lawton Wehle Fitt ’74 Artist-in-Residence Grants provide funding to support on-site artist residencies of one week or longer. Proposals should support an artist distinguished in his/her field and willing to spend a large portion of the residency interacting with students through workshops, master classes, critiques and the like. The BAI encourages bringing new voices to campus to offer a range of artistic perspectives.

Applications are considered annually from any permanent faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, or lecturer)^ or professional staff member* of Brown University whose assigned responsibilities include promoting ideas through the arts. (If you encounter difficulty accessing the application, please call our office at 401-863-1934 for assistance.)

     ^ Brown adjunct professors, post-doctoral fellows and MFA or PHD students with teaching responsibilities are eligible to apply. However, they must be teaching at Brown for two semesters following the grant application period. In other words, if an applicant applies in Spring 2018, s/he/they must be under contract to teach at Brown through the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

     * Brown professional staff who are responsible for developing, producing and presenting curricular and co-curricular arts programming are eligible to apply. This includes gallery directors and curators, theater directors and the like.

Grant recipients who have received three consecutive years of funding through this program (previously administered by the Creative Arts Council) must take a hiatus of one academic year before applying for additional support.

Amount and Duration of Award
Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded in the Spring semester for a residency to take place during the following academic year.

Criteria for Selection
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a Grants Committee that includes Brown arts faculty and staff members and an external specialist. Awards will be made based on the following:

  • Intrinsic merit of the residency
  • Evidence of innovation and experimentation
  • Integration with BAI philosophy and priorities
  • Provision of a well considered and reasonable budget
  • A feasible time frame for completion

BAI supported programming will be guided, in part, by three-year themes. The theme for 2017-2020 is Arts & Environment. Proposals that support BAI thematic programming or involve interdisciplinary collaborators are encouraged.

Award Conditions
Award funds may be applied to reasonable and necessary costs of the residency. These expenses may include: artists fees, production costs, marketing expenses and other expenses that directly support the residency. Any costs incurred must adhere to Brown’s contract labor, purchasing and travel guidelines. Funds are available after July 1.

Timeline and Procedure for Submitting Proposals
All applicants who plan to submit proposals must begin the application process by meeting with their department managers to review the proposed projects and budgets. This conversation is essential for departmental finances, scheduling and allotment of space.  Please allow adequate time for this initial step. Proposals are submitted electronically via UFunds. Application requirements include:

  • A description of the residency for which funds are requested, and a rationale for the artist proposed
  • A list of current and potential funders
  • A project budget (submitted using the provided budget template)
  • A proposed timeline    

Application Deadline and Award Notification
The FY2020 funding cycle opens Jan 27, 2020 and closes Mar 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm, with award notifications made in mid-Apr 2020. For FY20 awards, funds musts be used by May 15, 2021. Requests for a one-time extension will be reviewed on an individual basis and must be made in writing to the BAI no later than May 1, 2021.

Reporting Requirements
Within 30 days of the conclusion of the award period, grant recipients must complete the required final report form, which asks grant recipients to describe the work accomplished and reflect on both successful outcomes and challenges. In addition, final reports must include photo, video or other documentation for BAI promotional purposes and inclusion in the BAI archive. Provided images must conform to Brown’s Image Use Policy


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