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

Artist Residencies

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Tough Art Artist Residency

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.

Tough Artists 2015:

Danny Bracken
Rachel Buse
Ann Tarantino

Past Tough Artists:

Jenna Boyles
Jesse Kauppila and Dakotah Konicek
Lindsay Packer
Stephanie Ross

Chris Beauregard
Katie Ford
Scott Garner
Isla Hansen and Luke Loeffler

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

Felipe Castelblanco
Jennifer Myers and Daniel Luchman
Zach Dorn
Christina Zaris

Agnes Bolt and Arthur Jones
Nova Jiang
Amanda Long
Blaine Siegel

Anneka Herre
Ian Ingram
Matt Mets
Jennifer Van Winkle

Ben Bigelow
David Butts
Rick Gribenas
Wendy Osher

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:

Brandt Wild
Hiromi Katayama
Felicia Cooper
Veronica Simmonds

Dalia Shevin
Zena Ruiz
Zany Umbrella Circus

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

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

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

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

Amanda Long
Amy Johnson & JULIACKS
Cara Lynn Kleid
James Maszle

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