Artist in Residence


2019/20 Artist in Residence Program: Call for Applications

Residency Dates

August 25, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Submission Deadline

Application Deadline May 3, 2019, Notification of Acceptance June 2019

Overview/ Purpose

The Artist in Residency Program is ideal for emerging, mid-career and career artists working in any/all mediums who want an opportunity to create a new body of work; while having an opportunity to teach and bring their enthusiasm and knowledge to k-12 students. This program is in collaboration with Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art and the Great Falls Public Schools. Residents will be spending part of their residency teaching K-12 students in the public schools, and the other time creating a new body of work for a solo exhibition at the Museum. The purpose of this program is to develop artistic growth, career development, and personal growth for both the artist-in-resident and Great Falls Public School, art students

Residency Time Frame 

  • Meetings: August 25, 2019

  • Studio Access: between August 25, 2019- June 30th, 2020 (flexible start)

  • Public School Teaching: October 1, 2019 – May 2020


A $4,800 stipend (which is paid in installments over the course of the residency) is awarded to the chosen Artist. With this stipend the Artist in Resident is required to teach one week at each K-12 school Great Falls Public School and develop a new body of work for a solo exhibition, scheduled in the spring, at the Museum.


The Artist-in-Resident will have an opportunity to work side by side with the Curator of Art to schedule and develop their Solo Exhibition. They will work directly with the Director of Education to develop lesson plans for the time spent teaching in the public school system and brainstorm creative ideas for their body of work. There are additional opportunities to facilitate community outreach programs such as classes, lectures and workshops to be hosted at the Museum for monetary compensation.


You will receive a private studio at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, with 24 hour access. There is an elevator for accessibility. On site art equipment includes: printing press, printmaking tools, potter’s wheels, Randell Kick wheel, slab roller, clay extruder, pug mill, cone 10 downdraft kiln, 1 large and 3 small electric kilns, large gas kiln, cone 10 and cone 6 glazes, front loading raku kiln, and a basic wood shop.

Housing and responsibilities of the Artist-in-Resident

The Artist-in-Resident is responsible for supplying their own art materials for making their new body of work. Housing during the residency is the responsibility of the artist. There will be assistance in finding affordable housing if need be. Residents are responsible for all travel and personal expenses during the duration of the residency. Please inquire if assistance is needed to find housing.

Education and Work Requirements

  • Minimum BA in Art, Art Education, Related Field or Professional Equivalent. Recent MFA graduates encouraged to apply.

  • Artist must posses a Montana State Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate or have proof of exemption for workers compensation or an alternate workers compensation program.

  • Artists must be able to pass a Federal Background Check (FBI Clearance) prior to date of hire

How to Apply


  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this residency specifying what you hope to accomplish artistically.

  • Current resume or CV with full contact information. PDF only

  • A list of 3 references who can speak on your behalf (full name, position title/ organization/phone number/ relationship)

  • (1)Sample lesson plan for each of the following K-2nd grade, 5th-6th grade, and 10th-12th grade. Lesson plans can be as simple as 2 paragraphs each. PDF only

  • Thumb drive or CD, with samples of finished work completed within the past 2 years.

  • Image List, including the title, media, dimensions, and year completed. PDF only

  • Samples of student work (if available)

  • Label files on the CD or Thumb drive with your name, year Example. (ImageList_JohnDoe_2019)

Mailing Instructions 

Send all materials in one envelope to:

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art 
2019/2020 Artist-in-Residence Search 
c/o Sarah Justice, Director of Education 
1400 First Ave North 
Great Falls, Montana, 59401