Call for Artists 2017


Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Museum of Art’s Robert S. Duncanson Society is seeking applicants for the 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.  
The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a variety of disciplines. The program honors the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson and his patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art.

The ideal candidate for 2017 will be a dancer/choreographer specializing in tap, hip hop or modern and contemporary dance. The purpose of the residency is to promote and develop a deepening awareness of African American art and artists and to inspire future generations.

For two to three weeks during the fall of 2017, the artist will be active in the community and at the Taft through public events, workshops, and outreach to area schools. The artist will be expected to give performances, with great emphasis on educating family, school, and adult audiences about the art of dance.

Previous Duncanson artists-in-residence include, among others, poet/essayist Nikki Giovanni, opera singer Adrienne Danrich, playwright/screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins, the late visual artist Brian Joiner, jazz violinist John Blake, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Dates of Residency:  Two to three weeks in October 2016 (some flexibility)
Honorarium: $8,500 (plus a per diem of $64 per day; lodging and travel provided, if necessary)

Responsibilities include:

  • Attendance at reception(s) to open and close residency
  • Evening and/or weekend public presentations (3–5)
  • Up to 10 programs with school groups, including a daylong session at the local magnet school for the arts
  • Morning and lunchtime program for residency sponsors
  • Weekend program for families
  • Weekend/evening classes or workshops for children/adults
  • Additional programs for targeted audiences, to be determined
  • Publicity appearances and commitments prior to and during residency

Note: These responsibilities are subject to some flexibility. It is our mission to reach the broadest possible audience and to form as many community collaborations as possible.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining interest in the residency
  • A current résumé
  • Samples of work (print or digital media)
  • Link to a professional website (if available)
  • Copies of press materials (and/or online publications)
  • Descriptions of any programs or workshops done with school and adult audiences

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Materials should be sent to: Megan Gooch, Education Assistant, Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202-4293. Applicants should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope of sufficient size/postage for return of digital media. Materials can also be submitted by email to For questions, please contact Megan Gooch at 513-684-4516 or visit

Sponsor: Ohio National Financial Services

The Taft Museum of Art is at 316 Pike St., in downtown Cincinnati. Call 513-241-0343 or visit for hours and admission. 

The Taft Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Taft Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is affiliated with the Association of Midwest Museums and the Ohio Museums Association.

Mission Statement
The Taft Museum of Art welcomes all people to experience a world-renowned collection in a beautiful historic house in Cincinnati. Through its intimate presentation of Anna Sinton and Charles Phelps Taft’s treasures and its engaging exhibitions, programs, and activities, the Museum creates enjoyment and learning opportunities for all.

Diversity Statement
The Taft Museum of Art respects the dignity of all people and values what each member of our team brings to the organization. Accordingly, the Museum is committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity. This includes our staff, board of directors, volunteers and visitors. As an organization we recognize the importance of attracting and retaining talented people of different backgrounds. We understand how a diverse work team of staff, board of directors and volunteers benefits our organization by enabling us to draw upon a richness of resources. We want all our team members to feel appreciated for their uniqueness, so we work to foster an environment that provides everyone equal access to information and opportunities. This ensures that each person learns, grows, excels and maximizes his or her personal contributions. The Museum will thus be able to tap into a greater wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences to develop and deliver programs and services to an increasingly diverse audience.