The Luminary Residency Program supports exceptional emerging artists, curators and critics engaging the world of contemporary art by providing dedicated time and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artistic, curatorial and critical practices but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices.

Residents at The Luminary are situated within an active artist-led institution that presents a thoughtful program of exhibitions, discussions, publications and other events. To give a view into the texture of the program, recent and forthcoming residents have created projects such as expansions on the ‘Museum of Arte Util’ archive through the project 'Broadcasting the Archive', installations embedded in an area Mexican market, a shanty containing a feminist library meant to float on the Mississippi River, and collaborative publishing programs through our partner site, Temporary Art Review.

We are situated within one of the most diverse and active neighborhoods in the region and are particularly interested in proposals that engage its unique dynamics, such as explorations of the commons and experiments with public space; projects engaging neighborhood change; and projects that consider diverse populations as a primary audience or collaborator.

The Luminary staff work closely with each resident to facilitate the space, knowledge and collaborative opportunities (with artists, curators, local residents and other organizations) necessary for their work. Residents are provided free housing, studios, stipends and opportunities for public engagement such as exhibitions, lectures, studio visits and workshops.

Residencies are available year-round from one week up to three months. Please note that the program is not active in August or December.

Applications are now open and due Tuesday, September 1 for all 2016 residencies. To apply, please fill out the online application. Please note there is a non-refundable $25 application fee.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact