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Apply for the 2021 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft Museum of Art

To honor the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872) and Cincinnati art patron Nicholas Longworth (1782-1863), the Taft Museum of Art’s Robert S. Duncanson Society annually recognizes the achievements of a contemporary African American artist through the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.

The ideal candidate for 2021 will be a fashion designer in specialist areas such as womenswear, menswear, sportswear or childrenswear. The purpose of the residency is to promote and develop a deepening awareness of African American art and artists and to inspire future generations.

The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence will be actively engaging with the Cincinnati community for two weeks in April 2021. The ideal candidate will not only be an outstanding artist but also a dynamic educator who is comfortable working with a variety of audiences, including students ranging from grades K-12, families, and adults. Throughout the Residency, the artist will share their art by leading a variety of public programs including lectures, workshops, school visits, and other signature events. Flexibility will be key to successfully executing the dynamic roster of innovative and collaborative programs that comprise this residency. During this residency, the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence is able to advance their work, actively pursue their career ambitions and foster connections within the Cincinnati community.

Previous Duncanson Artists-in-Residence includes, among others, poet/essayist Nikki Giovanni, filmmaker William Greaves, playwright/screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, soprano Adrienne Danrich, actor/playwright Nikkole Salter and visual and performance artist Vanessa German.

Dates of Residency: Two weeks in April 2021*, specific dates TBD                            

(*Could be subject to change in the event of force majeure, including but not limited to, a war, strike, epidemic, public mourning, or any such circumstance that might make performance of this agreement impossible or impractical.)

Honorarium: $7,500 plus a per diem of $69/per day to cover meals and incidentals. This honorarium is meant to cover the preparation and execution of the Residency. The Taft will also provide lodging and transportation and provide materials and cover fees for the community events and workshops during the Residency.

Responsibilities include:

  • Communication with Taft staff leading up to the Residency
  • Assistance with planning and confirming Residency events
  • Publicity appearances and/or media interviews prior to and during the residency
  • Participation in daily Residency events including:
    • Reception(s) to open and close residency
    • Evening and/or weekend public presentations
    • Up to 10 school visits
    • Weekend programs for families
    • Master classes/workshops for teens/adults
    • Appearances and/or presentations at donor events in support of the Residency
    • Additional programs for targeted audiences, to be determined

Note: These responsibilities are subject to some flexibility and the Taft will work with the Artist-in-Residence to develop a roster of events that fulfills the needs of the museum while highlighting the talents of the artist. Artists are expected to work 6-8 hours per day 6 days a week. It is our mission to reach the broadest possible audience and to form as many community collaborations as possible. 

Submit Your Application

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining interest in the Residency
  • A current résumé
  • An artist statement
  • Digital Portfolio- The portfolio should include 10-15 examples of your best and most recent work. Your portfolio should reflect your mastery of technique and your creative ideas. Samples of work created should showcase development of concept, garment construction, fashion illustrations, technical flats and inspiration imagery.
  • Link to a professional website, if applicable.
  • Descriptions of potential public programs for school, adult and family audiences (e.g. workshops, artist talks) that may be offered as part of your Residency
  • Three to five professional references including three references that can address your public speaking and/or teaching experience

Email all materials including digital images to


Deadline: All materials must be received by Friday, August 14, 2020.

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