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Continuing the Legacy of Artist Robert S. Duncanson

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary Black American artists working in a breadth of artistic disciplines. The program honors the relationship between painter Robert S. Duncanson and Cincinnati art patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art. The Taft Museum of Art’s Robert S. Duncanson Society annually recognizes the achievements of a contemporary Black American artist through the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.

Call for Artists | 2024 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence

Discipline: Culinary

The ideal candidate for 2024 will be a culinary artist. We are seeking a culinary artist who is an exceptional role model with teaching experience and a commitment to social justice. Culinary artists in specialist areas such as regional food history, marginalized culture cuisine, healthy cooking, sustainable cooking practices, and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the residency is to promote and develop a deepening awareness of Black American art and artists and to inspire future generations.


Application Deadline: October 22, 2023  

Application closes at 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date; late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Selection Announced: January 2024  


Overview Session

October 3, 2023 | 2–3 p.m. EST

Do you have questions about the application process? We have answers! This webinar will be an overview of the open call for artists.

Attendance is not required to apply. 



The Duncanson Society

The Robert S. Duncanson Society was founded in 1986 by the late Doris Rankin Sells, the late William Joel McCray, and Ruth K. Meyer to affirm an ongoing Black presence within the structure of the Taft Museum of Art, including the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, and to celebrate Robert S. Duncanson’s artistic contributions.

Past Duncanson Artists-in-Residence

2023 | Anita Graef; cellist

2022 | Ajanae Dawkins: writer, performer, educator

2021 | Asha Ama Bias-Daniels: fashion designer

2019 | Ya'Ke Smith: filmmaker

2018 | Vanessa German: visual and performance artist

2017 | Stafford C. Berry Jr.: choreographer, dancer

2016 | Carla Cook: jazz vocalist

2015 | Alysia Nicole Harris, poet 

2014 | Laci Coppins: photographer

2013 | Diane Macklin: storyteller

2012 | Nikkole Salter: actor/playwright

2011 | Adrienne Danrich: soprano; John Blake Jr.: jazz violinist; Tracy Walker: singer-songwriter

2010 | Nokuthula Ngwenyama: violist

2009 | Brian Joiner: painter

2008 | Sandra Cardoso Muendane: fashion designer

2007 | Keith Josef Adkins: playwright

2006 | 20th Anniversary

2005 | Thom Shaw: printmaker

2004 | Melvin Grier: photographer

2003 | Annie Ruth: spoken word

2002 | William Menefield: jazz piano

2001 | La-Vaune Henry: soprano

2000 | Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company

1999 | Charlotte Blake Alston: storyteller

1998 | Sharon M. Draper: author

1997 | John Blake, Jr.: jazz violinist

1996 | Dhana Bradley-Morton: actress

1995 | Frederick A. Wallace: conservator

1993 | Tarleton Blackwell: painter

1992 | Sebronette Barnes: soprano

1991 | William Greaves: documentary filmmaker

1990 | Michael Harper: poet

1989 | Tyrone Geter: painter

1988 | Kathy Wade: jazz vocalist

1987 | William de Valentine: opera singer

1986 | Nikki Giovanni: poet


Residence Sponsor

Artist Accommodations

Generously provided by Morgan and Eddie Rigaud

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