The Division of the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP), originated through the Cluster Hiring Initiative of the Office of the Provost, brings innovative, world-class artists to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Since 1999, the program has hosted over 40 residencies involving more than 100 guest artists from 20 different countries, engaging over 60 university units and community organizations. See Past Residencies.
All residencies center interdisciplinary arts, recognizing that interdisciplinarity can break down barriers and silos, advance intellectual artistic diversity, and give opportunities to people who do not fit into the traditional modes of inquiry and practice (see the Division of the Arts’ guiding principle of The Arts for Everyone, Everywhere). The program often brings together artists, faculty, staff, and students from various disciplines across the arts, sciences, and humanities. Integrated with curricular activities, all arts residencies in this program are proposed by academic departments or officially recognized interdepartmental programs, centers, or institutes at UW–Madison.
While in residence, for semester-long or academic year-long residencies, artists teach an interdisciplinary course and participate in public programming with campus and Madison communities. The program provides students with extended learning experiences with a working artist, including options to earn course credit; increases diversity of teaching staff on campus; and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.
Call for Proposals
The call for residency proposals is currently closed. See Propose a Residency for more information, including future opportunities.
“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