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 Summer Undergraduate Residency provides an immersive museum experience for Indiana undergraduates studying fine art and runs from June to late-August of 2022. Residents spend time working with various aspects of the museum: curatorial, development, visitor experience, outreach and education. Throughout the summer, undergraduates receive open studio passes that grant them access to work in each studio at the SBMA (darkroom, weaving, 2-D + 3-D, ceramics, and metals). Residents will receive monthly group critiques with special guest critics as well as bi-weekly individual meetings with the Curator of Education. Our summer program provides opportunities for personal and professional growth, leadership, networking, and artistic vision culminating in a group exhibition in the Spring of 2023 in our Crowley Community Gallery.

Residents work in our studios for at least 8 hours a week and volunteer at least 40 hours over the summer through various opportunities provided by the museum (Island Events, ArtBeat, Summer Camps, Visitor Experience, etc.). Volunteer hours/duties may vary. All residents are requested to be available for our Island events and are required to assist in our Art Beat Activity (August 20, 2022).


Any college undergraduate enrolled in an Indiana University of College art program is eligible to apply. All college residents must reside in South Bend, Indiana during the months of June, July, and early August.


The South Bend Museum of Art is located in downtown South Bend, Indiana. You can find us in the Century Center located at 120 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, South Bend, Indiana 46601. 

For further program questions, please contact:

Casey Smallwood, Director of Innovation, Education, and Programming


Application Deadline: April 20, 2023

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

Upload your materials to (it’s free). Click the “share” link to share the folder with: If you do not have an account, go to to set up a free account.

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 or email to check the status of your submission.

Submissions should include:

•Contact Information

Name, Address, Phone & Email Address

•General Information

College/ University you are currently enrolled at

Year of standing



Names, Phone Numbers, and Email Addresses of three (3) academic/ professional references

Please include a SIGNED letter of recommendation from one of these references


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): No more than one page, please.

Curriculum Vitae/ Resume (.pdf format)