The Norton Museum of Art established a new artist-in-residence (AiR) program in 2019. The program, which will feature four artists annually, emphasizes the Norton’s commitment to fostering creative and intellectual growth for mid- to late-career artists whose work warrants greater attention, and to promoting gender, racial, and ethnic parity in the arts through the dedication of two residencies annually for women artists. One of those is exclusively for an African-American or Latina woman artist, and is endowed as the Mary Lucille Dauray Artist-in-Residence.
AiR is housed in three recently renovated, historic houses owned by the Norton and located on Cranesnest Way on the immediate southern edge of the Museum campus. Two houses are for artists (and their families) to occupy during residencies, and the third house features two open, flexible studio spaces for artists to work.
Each residency is for six weeks, and is focused on the visual arts broadly defined; there are no restrictions as to medium. Artists are expected to use the span of the residency to create, study, investigate, and reflect on artistic practice.
Artists are nominated by a panel comprised of curators, scholars, and artists. The nominated artists are then invited by the Museum to apply to the program, which is open to U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals with green cards.
Inaugural Artists Selected Include Addoley Dzegede, Jessica Ingram, Lavar Munroe, and Jaye Rhee