Residency Program

The Critical Diversity Residency Program will enrich the life of the students, faculty, and community by facilitating practices of inclusion through art and design. The program is designed to empower artistic creativity that drives cultural transformation through a shared engagement with creative practice. It will anchor our attempts to establish a national leadership position in critical diversity where scholarship and creative activity are critically engaged with questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, and/or ethnicity. These resident artists and designers will work together to produce substantial public projects that engage in critical approaches to diversity and inclusion through creative practice.

Our hiring efforts will focus on identifying artists and designers with a record in leading-edge
areas of creative practice. These areas might include engagement with historical and systemic
experiences of the racially marked body, exploration of the structural inequalities of the past
and present, or examination of the intersections of race and gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity
or religious identity. They will join an innovative group of scholars in existing college departments/programs such as the Department of Art, Art History, and Design; African-American and African Studies; Jewish Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies; American Indian and Indigenous Studies; and Chicano and Latino Studies.

Artists/Designers-in-residence will work in some of MSU’s most publicly accessible spaces, such as (SCENE) Metrospace, MSU Union Art Gallery, Broad Art Museum, and Kresge Art Center, as well as off-campus locations.