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An artist resident instructs two young boys on a collaborative painting.

Artist Residencies

Pink, yellow, and orange caution tape with the words Tough Art written on teach line of tape.

Tough Art Residents 2015:

Danny Bracken
Rachel Buse
Ann Tarantino


The Tough Art artist residency is for emerging artists to expand their skills and create an entirely new interactive artwork that is accessible to a larger public, namely that of a children's museum.  Pieces are incorporated into the Children's Museum and/or programs with direct impact on the visitor experience.  2015 is the ninth year of the Tough Art artist residency. 

Over the course of the summer, artists engage museum professionals in critical dialog as it relates to their work, generate and implement interactive, immersive and/or collaborative projects, connect the art-making process to the larger museum context and the museum visitor, and prototype and evaluate their process to achieve the desired outcome. A Tough Art exhibit of the artists' work opens in September.

Click here for Application Guidelines.

Learn more about the Tough Art residency and exhibit.

Past Tough Art Residents:

2014
Jenna Boyles
Jesse Kauppila and Dakotah Konicek
Lindsay Packer
Stephanie Ross

2013
Chris Beauregard
Katie Ford
Scott Garner
Isla Hansen and Luke Loeffler

2012
John Peña
Scott Andrew & Jonathan Armistead
Jeremy Boyle & Kevin Clancy
Will Schlough

2011
Felipe Castelblanco
Jennifer Myers and Daniel Luchman
Zach Dorn
Christina Zaris

2010
Agnes Bolt and Arthur Jones
Nova Jiang
Amanda Long
Blaine Siegel

2009
Anneka Herre
Ian Ingram
Matt Mets
Jennifer Van Winkle

2008
Ben Bigelow
David Butts
Rick Gribenas
Wendy Osher

2007
Eileen Maxson
Joey Hayes
Greg Witt
Mat Barton

F.I.N.E. Artist Residency

Fresh - Innovative - Nonstop - Expression

The F.I.N.E. Artist Residency series is a high-impact rotation of visual artists exhibiting their work and leading programs that introduce new and exciting art and art-making techniques to Museum visitors, staff and educators. 

Click here to learn more about the F.I.N.E. Artist Residency Program.

Previous F.I.N.E. Artists:

2015
Brandt Wild
Hiromi Katayama

2014
Dalia Shevin
Zena Ruiz
Zany Umbrella Circus
LUMiNS

2013
Zach Dorn
Steffi Mayer-Staley
Tugboat Printshop
Attack Theatre
The Drift Crew 

2012
Stacy Innerst
Bob Ziller
Kathryn Carr
Jennifer Myers
Tsawa Monks of Gaden Jangtse Monastery
Sister I’Asia
Kate Pfeil & Mark Barlow 

2011
Wade Kramm
La Verne Kemp
Dick Esterle
Petra Falluaux
Laura Jean McLaughlin
Michael & Jade Corle
Sibel Deren Guler 

2010
Joana Ricou
Bovery Lee
Schmutz Company
Ron Donoughe
John Miyazawa
Amisha Gadani
Scott Andrew, Adam Atkinson, and Michael McParlane
Mayumi Matsuo

2009
Amanda Long
Amy Johnson & JULIACKS
Cara Lynn Kleid
James Maszle

The F.I.N.E. Artists Residency is supported by the Fine Foundation.

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