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Artist In Residence

Artist In Residence

2022-2023 Year Long Residencies: A strong desire to teach is required. Artists with more than one area of expertise and an MFA or equivalent experience are preferred. This residency can be extended an additional year if both the LUX and the artist agree. 

Applications will open again in January of 2022

The application fee has been eliminated for this program. 

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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.


BFA or MFA encouraged, or equivalent experience (residencies, apprenticeships, internships, or other non-traditional education experiences).  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 programs, 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, or mixed media. 

The LUX is committed to ensuring equitable access to our residency program for traditionally marginalized artists. Our staff, volunteers, and board created a new strategic plan in February 2020 which prioritizes the inclusion of traditionally marginalized people in the leadership and staffing of the LUX. LUX engages regularly in conversations about how prejudices manifests in our policies, practices, relationships, exhibitions, programs, and culture ​and works to alleviate any harm caused by prejudice and bigotry and create an atmosphere that prevents harm from being done in the first place. We ​always encourage feedback from our staff and community on how ​we can do better. LUX does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, financial status, or marital status in its programs, activities, and employment.

Residency Benefits

Studio Access – All residents are entitled to a free private studio space, 24-hour access to the building, and use of  all studio equipment. 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 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 two experimental galleries where residents can try their hand at curating group exhibitions as well as student 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 metalsmithing 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. 

Conference Support – Residents can attend one conference each year of their residency. The maximum registration fee LUX will cover is $300 per resident per year. Additional funds may be available to cover travel expenses, but they are evaluated on a case by case basis.

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. five electric kilns, one test kiln, one small kilns, two standard size computer controlled Skutt kiln, and one larger oval kiln.
LUX Gas Kiln Coming Spring 2021 - A downdraft, soft brick reduction kiln with 14 cubic feet of stacking space powered with Ward forced air burners (the hot rod of kiln burners!). The kiln will be capable of cone 6 - 10 reduction / oxidation firings. Makers of larger scale clay works will appreciate the kiln's front load design that maximizes loading space with a center pivot door as well as the addition of Ransome piggy back pilot burners making long, controlled preheats possible.  
370 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.
600 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 - 36'x27' exhibition space curated by exhibition committee, shows change bimonthly
East Gallery - 15'x20' exhibition space curated by exhibition committee, shows change monthly. Residents have their solo show in this space.
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 Gladys Lux to use as teaching tools for her university students. 
Wake Gallery - 18'x12' exhibition space for student and community exhibitions, shows change monthly
Community Gallery – 40'x30' exhibition space for student and community exhibitions, shows change monthly 

Financial Support

LUX is committed to paying artists for their time. While there is the $80 a month materials stipend, residents earn most of their money by teaching classes for the LUX, working in the gallery, and selling their work in our gallery shop. LUX guarantees artists-in-residence a minimum of 20 hours per week of paid teaching and gallery work at $18 per hour. With the stipend and 20 hours of paid work AIRs can expect to earn $1500 per month, more can be earned if more work/teaching hours are desired. 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 our University Place/East Campus neighborhood. 

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