Summer Undergraduate Residency

2021 Summer Undergraduate in residence, Kate Luce gives an artist’s talk to kick off the 2021 Residency.

The 2023 Summer Undergraduate Residency Application Period will open February 1, 2023 and close April 20, 2023.

The South Bend Museum of Art is excited to announce the 2023
Undergraduate Summer Residency Program
! This unique experience is available
for self-directed and motivated fine arts majors enrolled in Iocal studio arts
programs. Undergraduate residents receive access to our suite of unique studio
spaces, including dark room photography, fibers, ceramics, drawing and painting,
jewelry and metalsmithing, and space for 3D sculpture-based inquiry. Residents can
attend workshops, audit classes, participate in critiques and studio visits from guest
artists, and interact with a vibrant artist community. Additionally, residents have
opportunities to work directly with members of the museum staff in various roles as
they volunteer hours in our exhibitions, curatorial, and education departments to
experience the inner workings of museum life. Lastly, all participants will be awarded
a group exhibition in the museum’s Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery the
following March.

Who: This residency program is available to any college undergraduate enrolled in a
local Studio Art Program. All college residents must reside in the Greater South
Bend area during the months of June, July, and early August.

When: The Summer Undergraduate Residency program runs from June to August 2023.
In exchange for participation in this program, all residents are required to volunteer a
minimum of 5 to 8 hours per week at the South Bend Museum of Art. Volunteer
hours/ duties may vary. All residents are required to assist in various museum
activities and events including our Art Beat youth activity area. Residents may
continue to volunteer or participate in museum programming as they desire or are
available throughout the academic year, but it is not a requirement of the program.
College residents will participate in an exhibition of their work in the Spring of 2024.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2023

The SBMA no longer accepts physical submission packets (this includes mailed CDs). All submissions should be sent via Google form.

Upload your materials to

Entry is free, you must have a Google account to register. The Google form will guide you through the registration process.

All submissions are reviewed. If accepted, you will be notified via e-mail or phone.  Please make sure to include contact information. Please do not call to check on the status of your application.

Submissions should include:

Contact Information
Name, Address, Phone & Email Address

General Information
College/ University you are currently enrolled
Year of standing

3 References including Names, Phone Numbers, and Email Addresses of
three academic/ professional references
Please include a SIGNED letter of recommendation from one of these

7-10 images of your current work (.jpg format)
Vimeo links of film/ animation/ kinetic/ performance or other time-based works
will also be accepted
Image list (.pdf format): Please include the title, year, media, and scale for
each image, as well as a small thumbnail image or file number so we know
which image the information refers to.

Artist and/or curatorial statement (.pdf format)
Curriculum Vitae/ Resume (.pdf format)

For further program questions, please contact:

Katie Neece, Curator of Education and Studio Programs


Kolton Sizer, Curator of Education and Public Programming