Summer Undergraduate Residency

SBMA is currently taking applications for our Summer Undergraduate Residency.


A unique experience for self-directed and motivated fine arts majors enrolled in Indiana University and College art programs. Undergraduate residents receive access to our suite of unique studio spaces, including dark room photography, fibers, ceramics, drawing and painting, jewelry and metal smithing, 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.


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 Summer Undergraduate Residency program runs from June to August 2021. 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 requested to be available for our Meet Me on the Island events, and are required to assist in our Art Beat youth activity area (August 21, 2021). 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 March 2022.


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, Curator of Education


Application Deadline: May 14, 2021

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)

Image credit:

Images (from left to right):

Kelley Satoski, All That It Seems, 2019, woodcut on masonite, one side of a 19 x 19 x 19 inch cube

Isabella Di Bono Becerra, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Amanda Gargac, Matriarch, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

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