Program Summary

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Artists-in-Residence Program in Studio Art provides participants with opportunities to learn, create, curate, and exhibit in association with one of the premier university Studio Art programs in the country.*

The program has 2 distinct tracks. The first is the nine-month Artist's Track that provides access to visiting artists from CTSA; studio space on the UC Irvine campus; guidance and direction in the creation of art; and a culminating group exhibition in the University Art Gallery (UAG) or CAC Gallery in July/August. The second is the year-long Curatorial Track where participants conceptualize, select works, catalog and install the culminating exhibition. Participants will earn a certificate upon completion of the individualized program.

"At the start of the Artist in Residence program, I was challenged to step out of who I am; then I was left alone to have the time and space to step out of my comfort zone and move into a new body of work and a new way of working. I began to see more clearly what was essential and meaningful about who I was as an artist. I was also reading theory and criticism that made sense in fresh ways. Now, I am beginning to have rich and provocative dialogues with other artists. I want to have more opportunities for these types of interactions and to become engaged in the larger community of artists, museums and galleries. I am filled with energy to move forward with my new work. "

--Valerie Samuel Henderson

2013/2014 Program Highlights

Working with program participants in the Fall will be Jonathan Fineberg, Gutgsell Professor of Art History Emeritus at the University of Illinois, and in the Winter term, Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Benefits of Participation


*Participation in this program does not guarantee acceptance into any CTSA MFA program.