TMA Artist in Residency

The Trout Museum of Art’s mission is to connect and empower people through creativity and the visual arts. Our strategic vision is for everyone in the Fox Cities to believe that creativity and the visual arts are vital to our community’s well-being. This means: (1) all schools offer high quality art programs, (2) artists and designers choose to make the Fox Cities their home, (3) vibrant art organizations thrive in our community, and (4) people value TMA as one of the premier art institutions in the Fox Cities.

Goals of the Artist in Residency Program

  • To support and invest in visual artists whose work will impact the cultural landscape of the Fox Cities
  • To provide artists with the opportunity to invest time in their work and take it to the next level through exploration and experimentation
  • To encourage artists to investigate their ideas in the context of the Fox Cities
  • To bring artists to the Fox Cities to create opportunities for engagement with our community and local artists

TMA’s Artist in Residence program is intended to support each artists’ individual growth. As an extension of our Education Center, Artists in Residence are artists who facilitate a learning environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with students and the general public. They are artists selected by a jury based on demonstrated qualities, performance, experience, and expertise that align with TMA’s Education Philosophy.

How to apply

  • Complete an online Zapplication
  • Pay the $25 application fee
  • Resume or CV
  • Artist Statement (250 words or less)
  • Written project proposal (500 words or less) about your vision if given the opportunity to work at TMA
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Two professional references
  • One or more of the following
    • 12 images of your work
    • 20 pages of poetry
    • 30 pages of prose or one full-length play/script
    • Up to 30 minutes of audio/video
TMA Artist in Residency Application

Artists in Residency are required to

  1. Offer one public-facing event throughout the duration of their residency
  2. Offer monthly office hours in the studio spaces or in TMA’s Atrium
  3. Help maintain TMA’s public and private studio spaces

Additional opportunities are based on the artists’ professional goals. All responsibilities are under the supervision of the Education Manager and will be discussed during a pre-Residency orientation. Additional management staff may be included, where appropriate (for example, exhibition discussions will include TMA’s Curator).

  • Create artwork that may be exhibited in one of TMA’s gallery spaces
  • Create a piece of artwork to be added to TMA’s collection
  • Offer free art projects at public events
  • Present or host artist professional development opportunities
  • Host a BYOA Artist Night
  • Host community-wide art projects
  • Support TMA’s exhibition installations
  • Collections management
  • Collaborate with downtown Appleton Artists in Residence
  • Portfolio reviews and critiques with professional artists and arts professionals
  • Create an interior TMA micro-gallery space or exterior public mural (restrictions apply)
  • Other opportunities as they arise

TMA offers four residency cycles and will host one Artist in Residence each (a maximum of four (4) Artists in Residence every year). Specific residency dates are based on TMA’s exhibitions, events, and education schedules, and will last two to three months.

  • Fall Residencies: September – November
    • June 1: Applications Due
    • June 30: Artists Notified of Decisions
    • July – August: Artist Orientations and Planning Sessions
    • September 1: Residencies Begin
    • November 24: Residencies End
  • Winter Residencies: December – February
    • September 1: Applications Due
    • September 30: Artists Notified of Decisions
    • October – November: Artist Orientations and Planning Sessions
    • December 1: Residencies Begin
    • February 23: Residencies End
  • Spring Residencies: March – May
    • December 1: Applications Due
    • December 31: Artists Notified of Decisions
    • January – February: Artist Orientations and Planning Sessions
    • March 1: Residencies Begin
    • May 25: Residencies End
  • Summer Residencies: June – August
    • March 1: Applications Due
    • March 31: Artists Notified of Decisions
    • April – May: Artist Orientations and Planning Sessions
    • June 1: Residencies Begin
    • August 25: Residencies End


  • Artists must not be currently enrolled in an academic art program at the time their residency would take place
  • Former TMA Artists in Residence may not apply within five years of previous residency
  • Must speak English fluently
  • Artists in all stages of their careers and work in the following media are welcome to apply
    • Visual: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, conceptual, video
    • Writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting
    • Arts Professionals: art writers, administrators, curators
    • Social Practice
    • Interdisciplinary Arts

Selection Criteria

  • Merit of past work
  • Readiness to engage with and benefit from the Residency experience at TMA
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the Fox Cities community

Selection Process

  • TMA representatives will serve as the jury. To ensure variety, jury members will rotate each cycle
  • Jury members will review applications to ensure completion and eligibility
  • Jury members will evaluate eligible artists and select finalists
  • Finalists will be invited to an in-person or skype interview
  • Jury members will select and notify one artist to serve as Resident during each cycle


  • Family Membership to the Trout Museum of Art
  • Monthly Stipend: $250.00
  • Supply Stipend: $500.00 maximum for the entire duration of the Residency (restrictions apply)
  • Free artist booth at the following calendar year’s Art at the Park
  • Sell artwork in TMA’s Museum Store
  • Teaching and TMA Talk opportunities include additional stipends


  • 24-hour access to our private Artist in Residence Studio Suite, which includes two private studios (one for the Artist in Residence and one for TMA’s Volunteer Studio Manager), two supply storage rooms, and a community space
  • 24-hour access to two large studio classrooms (when not in use)
  • Gallery access during regular museum hours
  • Ability to reserve TMA’s 4th floor boardroom
  • Access to TMA’s private collections (restrictions apply)
  • Ceramics wheels, printing presses, large worktables, easels, drawing benches, drying racks
  • Wi-Fi, Scanner, computers, 3D printer, color copier, Wi-Fi speakers, projectors, and iPads, lenses and mounts
  • Photo and/or video documentation of work created
  • TMA’s supply stock

Are housing, mileage, and meals included?

TMA’s Artist in Residency program is currently designed to support the professional growth of local artists, therefore we anticipate that artists will already have these accommodations nearby. Stipends for housing, mileage, and meals are not included.

What should I bring?

One to two months before each residency begins, we will invite artists into the museum for a tour of the studio spaces and to discuss materials. TMA will provide a private studio space for each artist that includes moveable tables and chairs. Additionally, our classroom studio spaces are available to you when they are not being used. We keep a large supply closet stocked with materials (scissors, paper, glue, acrylic and tempera paint, etc.), and we will also order supplies for you before and during the residency. You are welcome to bring anything else you need.

Can my family and friends visit me?

Family and friends are welcome to visit you in your private studio during regular museum hours and must check-in at the front desk of the main gallery. Please be mindful of TMA’s Volunteer Studio Manager who shares the Artist in Residence Studio Suite with you.

Where are the private studio spaces located?

Private studios, a community space, and private storage for Artists in Residence are located on the 5th floor of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts. The 5th floor also has two large classroom studios, a large shared storage closet, public restrooms, and a student artist gallery.

What is the studio environment like?

All private and large classroom studios have large windows with ample sunlight. Windows in the Artist in Residence private studios can open, and a thermostat is in the Artist in Residence suite to control the temperature of that space, alone. Each artist will be invited for an orientation and tour one-to-two months prior to their start day to see the space in advance.

What is TMA’s culture like?

TMA values creativity, inclusion, and empathy. We are committed to individual goal setting and recognize the contributions of everyone who enters our building. We share office spaces with the Appleton Boychoir, Makaroff Youth Ballet, newVoices, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Television. Staff are hardworking, enthusiastic, and enjoy each other’s company. We’re an integrated team and rely on each other’s contributions and voices. Artists in Residence may be included in meetings and conversations to provide added value to large projects and planning.

Is there a dress code?

TMA does not have an official dress code for most days of the week, and welcome artists to dress as they usually do when working in public studio spaces. Aprons are available to prevent some damage to clothing, but artists should be prepared to get dirty. For public engagement events and programs, TMA staff will provide advance notice of any expectations.

Who manages the Artist in Residency program?

TMA’s Artist in Residency program is part of TMA’s Education Center and managed by the Education Manager.