Artist In Residence

Artist In Residence

2020-2021 Year Long Residencies: A strong desire to teach is required. Artists with more than one area of expertise and an MFA are preferred. This residency can be extended an additional year if both the LUX and the artist agree. 

There will be three positions available; two in ceramics and one for mixed media, metals, fiber, or painting/drawing. 

Applications are due Friday, April 10, 2020. 

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Program Description 

LUX Center for the Arts has been the heart of creativity in Lincoln for more than 40 years. We provide an inclusive, community focused environment for artists of all ages and skill levels. Our artists in residency program allows us to teach and grow emerging artists by offering them studio space, quality teaching experience, and exhibiting work in our gallery. Our diverse programs, events, classes, and memberships are what make art happen in our community.

LUX Center for the Arts began its residency program in 2003 to provide emerging artists with opportunities to hone their studio skills and gain an appreciation for teaching public art classes for youth and adults.  Residencies are offered in ceramics, painting, drawing, mixed media, fibers, metals, and darkroom photography. These opportunities are tailored to artists who have an appreciation for community both at the LUX and within the larger context of Lincoln.

The mission of the LUX Center for the Arts is to enhance the lives of a diverse public through the visual arts by providing exceptional learning opportunities in contemporary art, craft, and design. These opportunities, honoring the legacy of arts educator Gladys M. Lux, include art classes, residency programs, gallery exhibitions and community outreach.


MFA or BFA in studio art.  Residencies are granted based on quality of work, community-mindedness, and experience. Residents teach a variety of classes to all age levels, so experience teaching and artists with more than one area of expertise are preferred. 

International artists may apply but you must already have a visa that allows you to work. Artists-in-Residence are employees of the LUX and must be able to receive pay for their stipend and teaching compensation. LUX is unable to sponsor visa applications at this time.

Selection Process

Residents are selected by a panel consisting of the executive director, director of education, gallery director, and a previous resident or local artist. The residency term is one year and may be renewed for a second year. We try to have 4 residents at a time; one potter, one sculptor, one draw/painter, and one other media. Other media can be fibers, photo, metals, printmaking, 

Residency Benefits

Studio Access – All residents are entitled to a free studio space (shared or private depending on medium and space available), 24-hour access to the building, and use of equipment in the studio area to which they applied. Ceramics residents have access to regularly stocked clay and glaze materials and free use of kilns in exchange for studio maintenance duties. All residents can buy materials from the LUX at cost.  

Exhibition Opportunities – All residents are offered exclusive representation in the sales gallery for the duration of their residency. Residents of a year or longer are also given a solo exhibition during one of the final months of their residency. There are also one large and one small experimental gallery where residents can try their hand at curating group exhibitions as well as students and community shows. 

Teaching Experience – Residents have priority for paid teaching opportunities including community art classes for youth and adults. Residents with an MFA or BFA in painting, metals or ceramics may have the opportunity to teach college art classes for Doane College-Lincoln campus, held at the LUX. 

Materials Stipend – Residents receive an $80 a month stipend that is intended to help purchase art supplies. 

Additional Benefits – Residents also receive 30% off artwork and 50% off classes and workshops. Weekly open figure drawing sessions are free for artists-in-residents.

Private Resident Studios

90 sq. ft. - 140 sq. ft. private studios are provided for each resident. Studio assignments are based on seniority and size of artwork. Additional workspace is available in our larger teaching studios as needed. All residents have access to equipment regardless of artistic discipline. Training on other equipment can be provided if needed.  .  


Ceramics Center:
600 sq. ft. handbuilding studio with small slab roller, wall-mounted clay extruder, and commercial lowfire glazes. 5 electric kilns, one test kiln, two small kilns, one standard size computer controlled Skutt kiln, and one larger oval kiln. Plans to build a gas kiln are in the works. If you have kiln building experience please mention it in your application. 
363 sq. ft. throwing studio with 12 electric wheels.
120 sq. ft. Dry materials and clay mixing room with a large selection of dry materials and Peter Pugger mixer dedicated to mixing our teaching studio claybody which is lowfire red earthenware.
Education Wing: 
670 sq. ft. classroom with Takach Etching Press (26×40″ bed) silkscreen supplies, and power-washing booth.
660 sq. ft.  mixed media studio with ft.72 sq. ft. basic metals studio with acetylene torches, large metal shear, rolling mill, and sandblaster. 

West Gallery - large exhibition space curated by exhibition committee, shows change bimonthly
East Gallery - smaller exhibition space curated by exhibition committee, shows change monthly
Gladys Lux Print Collection – a museum space where exhibitions change quarterly and are curated out of our historic print collection. Prints were collected by our founder to use as examples to show her university students. 
Wake Gallery - smaller exhibition space for student and community exhibitions, shows change monthly
Community Gallery – huge exhibition space for student and community exhibitions, shows change monthly 

Financial Support

While there is the $80 a month materials stipend, residents earn most of their money by teaching classes for the LUX and selling their work in our gallery. Residents willing to take on multiple teaching opportunities may not need a second job. Residents who desire a second job are advised to work no more than 1-2 days a week at that position as studio time and paid teaching should be their primary focus. Residents are responsible for their own living expenses. LUX Center for the Arts offers no housing for residents, but there are many affordable housing options in the area.


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