University of Wisconsin–Madison

Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program


Made possible by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Cluster Hiring Initiative, the Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program brings innovative, world-class artists to campus for a semester long residency sponsored by two or more departments.

The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program enables the Arts Institute to support extended residencies for the benefit of all arts departments and programs of the University. This program is interdepartmental and interdisciplinary. While in residence, artists teach an interdisciplinary course for university credit, present at least one free public event, and participate in community outreach activities. The program gives students exposure to working artists, provides course credit, and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.

Since 1999, we have hosted more than 30 full arts residencies involving more than 60 units university units and community organizations.

Program Report

In 2009 the Arts Institute completed a comprehensive review (PDF) of the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program as part of the Cluster Hiring Initiative.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence is now closed. Check back in summer 2018 for more information on the Call for Pre-Proposals for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence.

Please visit the How to Propose a Residency webpage for important resources related to the program!

“I learned that being an art major or a professional artist is not a requirement for getting important ideas across with art! I was able to create a piece with a meaningful message and share it with others regardless of my previous experience with art.”

Sophomore, Biology, Spring 2017 Peter Krsko residency

Contact Us

Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program
University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute
B150 Lathrop Hall
1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Adriane Melchert, Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program Coordinator:

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