Summer Undergraduate Residency

SBMA is currently taking applications for our Summer Undergraduate Residency.

College Residency


A Unique curriculum of self-direction for fine arts majors enrolled in Indiana University and College art programs. Undergraduate residents receive studio space, attend workshops, and participate in critiques under the guidance of a residency mentor. Additionally, residents have opportunities to work with members of museum staff in various roles as they 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 February.


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


The Summer Studio College Residency program runs from June to August 2018. In exchange for participation in this program, all residents are required to volunteer a minimum of 5 to 8 hours a week at the South Bend Museum of Art. Volunteer hours/duties may vary. All residents must be on hand for our Meet Me on the Island events. Additionally, college residents will participate in an exhibition of their work in February 2019.


The South Bend Museum of Art is located in downtown South Bend, Indiana. You can find us in the Century Center located at 120 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, Indiana, 46601. Or, you may find us online at, where you can also obtain a downloadable application form.

For further program details/instructions, please contact:

Christyn Overstake, Curator of Education
P: 574.235.9102

Application Deadline: May 18, 2018

As of August 2016, the SBMA will no longer accept physical submission packets (this includes mailed CDs). All submissions should be sent via a Dropbox link.

Upload your materials to (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 e-mail to check the status of your submission.

Submissions should include:

  • Contact information
    • Name, address, phone & email address
    • College/University
    • Year of standing (All applicants must be returning to their institutions in the Fall)
    • GPA
  • 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 are also acceptable.
  • Image list (.pdf format)
    Please include title, year, media and scale for each image. Also, please include a thumbnail and/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)
    Please be sure to include contact information.

Residency runs June – August, 2018

Residency Flyer 2018


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