Fermilab Artist-in-Residence Program

Fermilab is America’s national laboratory dedicated to particle physics research. To initiate and stimulate communication and interactions among scientists, artists and the public, the laboratory has created an artist-in-residence program. This call is open to visual artists, composers, choreographers, and writers. The call is open.

The Fermilab artist-in-residence will interact with scientists at the laboratory, learn about their research, and see how it connects to society. This information will then be used to create a body of work, leading to presentations to the community and possibly an exhibition of the artwork at Fermilab. The virtual residency begins January 1, 2023 ending in December 2023.

Currently we are planning for virtual introductions and inspiration.

Applying to the Artist-in-Residence program or the Guest Composer program

The application period opens June 1, 2022, and closes August 31, 2022, midnight CDT. Applicants may be contacted for an interview and a presentation of examples of their portfolio. Creators must be self-motivating and self-sufficient.

Applicants will be notified by October 28, 2022, or before.

Questions for the 2023 Artist-in-Residence program or the Guest Composer program should be submitted to [email protected]

The Google Form will require:

• Resume/CV

• Artist/composer statement

• Letter of intent, describing what you hope to accomplish through this residency and how you would contribute to the program as well as to the community

• One letter of recommendation

• Images of current work or latest recordings that represent your work

• Links to webpages and other social media are encouraged.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do the programs begin and end?

The programs begin in January 2023 and run through December 2023.

Do I have to live in the United States to apply?

No, you do not have to live in the United States to apply as this is a virtual residency.

How much is the stipend?

The stipend through Fermi Research Alliance is $2,000 USD

How much does it cost to apply? There is no fee to apply to either program.

How do I apply?

You apply to either program via a Google Form. Please note that an artist/composer statement and letter of intent, resume/CV, samples of work, and one letter of recommendation are also required.

If I applied before, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply again to a program even if you’ve applied in the past.

I have a full-time job. Can I still be an artist-in-residence or guest composer? Yes; employment does not exclude you from participating in either program.

Will I have to finish my project within the allotted timeframe?

While specific details and limitations vary, the goal is to have your work completed by the end of 2023.

Are there facilities at Fermilab available for use during the residency?

There are currently no Fermilab facilities available for use by creator residents.

Will I have to present my work to the community?

You are highly encouraged to participate in the public engagement aspect of your program.