Open Call for the Core Program at MFA Houston

Feb. 29, 2020

The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston awards residencies to exceptional, highly motivated visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. Residents engage with a wide range of leading artists, critics, curators and art historians who are invited to meet individually with the residents, lead seminars and deliver public lectures.

2019–2020 Core Residents, left to right: (top row) Kara Springer, Ana Tuazon, Irmak Karasu, Gustavo Gómez-Brechtel, Niloufar Emamifar, Qais Assali; (bottom row) Will Harris, Ryan Hawk, leo, Shobun Baile

Fellows are expected to be active in their own creative and/or critical practice. Core fellows come together for a year-long seminar, the content of which is driven by contemporary concerns, the interests and work of the fellows and the Core lecture series and visitors.

The residency term is nine months, from September to May, and fellows may apply for a second term. Each spring the program mounts an exhibition of work produced during the current residency term. Critical studies residents may apply for support for a curatorial project in their second year. Residents receive a $20,000 stipend, 24-hour access to a private studio or office and borrowing privileges at the Museum’s Hirsch Library and Rice University’s Fondren Library. Core fellows must reside in Houston for the duration of the Core term.

Applications for admission are accepted once per year. Applications and portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by a jury of professional artists, art historians, critics and curators. Acceptance is based on the quality of the work and demonstration of a commitment to critical dialogue, which is integral to participation within the peer group. Successful applicants begin the program in September.

Application Info

mfah.org/fellowships/core-program
Deadline: Apr. 01, 2020

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