UICB Alumni Residency

UICB Alumni Residency

2021 Residency has been postponed due to COVID-19 - check back in October 2021 for info about applying for 2022.

The UICB Alumni Residency provides access to North Hall studios for projects to graduates of the UICB MFA or Certificate Programs. Typically, the residency period will run from late May – Early August.  The residency will be scheduled to avoid conflicts with current MFA students and UICB classes. Studio demands such as current student use, summer courses, and equipment maintenance will also be taken into account when determining the selection of resident artists.

Selected artists are expected to work independently. Artists must have been trained on specific UICB equipment, as students, in the specific UICB studios they wish to use. Please contact us with questions about studio usage.

Residents will observe all current UICB studio use and clean up policies. There is no charge for studio use. Materials are not provided beyond basic shop materials (solvent, ink, purified water, adhesives, etc.). As available, studio storage in the form of shelves and flat file space will be provided. There is no room, board, travel allotment, or materials stipend attached to this residency.

Residents must complete a brief orientation with UICB staff or faculty before working in the UICB studios .


Winter Residency:

Studio access over the Winter Term may be available, depending on the academic calendar of that year. Please inquire in advance before submitting an application for a residency over the winter break.


Residents will be asked to provide photographic documentation of the completed project.

When possible, there will be an opportunity for residents to give an artist talk and/or exhibit work in the K.K. Merker Gallery.

To apply:

Applicants please submit:

  • a proposal detailing the project to be completed (250-400 words)
  • a project timeline describing studio use and equipment needs, include desired dates
  • a current resume or CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • an artist’s statement
  • optional: up to 10 images of work, with an image list. Images should be no larger than 1500 pixels either direction, max 1 MB each. Images should be grouped as a single PDF file.


Judging criteria will include quality of proposal and demonstrated need of facilities, balanced with appropriateness to UICB studios, availability of requested studio spaces, and applicant’s record of conscientious studio use.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning October 15 of each year. Applicants will be notified no later than March 15 for summer residencies, and within three weeks of application submission for winter residencies.

Although repeat applications are welcome, residencies will not be awarded to the same artist in consecutive years. Please wait at least 12 months before applying again.

With questions, please contact: center-for-the-book@uiowa.edu


Previous Residents

2019: Kazumi Wilds, Michelle Moode, Rachel Singel, Anna Embree

2018: Radha Pandey, Sarah Luko, Elise Hochhalter

2016: Drift Plain Collective, Candida Pagan, Anna Embree

2015: Kimberly Maher, Cody Gieselman, Jillian Linster

2014: Pamela Olson

2013: Lee Marchalonis