April 8, 2021
LUX Center for the Arts has been the heart of creativity in Lincoln for more than 40 years. We provide an inclusive, community focused environment for artists of all ages and skill levels. Our artists in residency program allows us to teach and grow emerging artists by offering them studio space, quality teaching experience, and exhibiting work in our gallery. Our diverse programs, events, classes, and memberships are what make art happen in our community.
LUX Center for the Arts began its residency program in 2003 to provide emerging artists with opportunities to hone their studio skills and gain an appreciation for teaching public art classes for youth and adults. Residencies are offered in ceramics, painting, drawing, mixed media, fibers, metals, and darkroom photography. These opportunities are tailored to artists who have an appreciation for community both at the LUX and within the larger context of Lincoln.
The mission of the LUX Center for the Arts is to enhance the lives of a diverse public through the visual arts by providing exceptional learning opportunities in contemporary art, craft, and design. These opportunities, honoring the legacy of arts educator Gladys M. Lux, include art classes, residency programs, gallery exhibitions and community outreach.
MFA or BFA in studio art. Residencies are granted based on quality of work, community-mindedness, and experience. Residents teach a variety of classes to all age levels, so experience teaching and artists with more than one area of expertise are preferred.
International artists may apply but you must already have a visa that allows you to work. Artists-in-Residence are employees of the LUX and must be able to receive pay for their stipend and teaching compensation. LUX is unable to sponsor visa applications at this time.
Studio Access – All residents are entitled to a free private studio space, 24-hour access to the building, and use of equipment in the studio area to which they applied. Ceramics residents have access to regularly stocked clay and glaze materials and free use of kilns in exchange for studio maintenance duties. All residents can buy materials from the LUX at cost.
Exhibition Opportunities – All residents are offered representation in the sales gallery for the duration of their residency. Residents of a year or longer are also given a solo exhibition during one of the final months of their residency. There are also two experimental galleries where residents can try their hand at curating group exhibitions as well as student and community shows.
Teaching Experience – Residents have priority for paid teaching opportunities including community art classes for youth and adults. Residents with an MFA or BFA in metalsmithing or ceramics may have the opportunity to teach college art classes for Doane College-Lincoln campus, held at the LUX.
Materials Stipend – Residents receive an $80 a month stipend that is intended to help purchase art supplies.
Conference Support – Residents can attend one conference each year of their residency. The maximum registration fee LUX will cover is $300 per resident per year. Additional funds may be available to cover travel expenses, but they are evaluated on a case by case basis.
Additional Benefits – Residents also receive 30% off artwork and 50% off classes and workshops. Weekly open figure drawing sessions are free for artists-in-residents.
Private Resident Studios
90 sq. ft. - 140 sq. ft. private studios are provided for each resident. Studio assignments are based on seniority and size of artwork. Additional workspace is available in our larger teaching studios as needed. All residents have access to equipment regardless of artistic discipline. Training on other equipment can be provided if needed.