Student Artist-in-Residence Applications Open for Winter 2024

left: Native American Heritage Month graphic with native figure in headress. Right: Lunar New Yeaer graphic with female figure and Chinese lanterns behind her

Beginning in January 2023, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has hosted a student artist-in-residence to create original artwork depicting a myriad of holidays and cultural and heritage celebrations on our social media accounts. By allowing artists to interpret these observances, we have provided a platform for creative expression, elevating student voices while highlighting the diverse beliefs and celebrations of the University community.

To continue this project, ODEI  is seeking a creative and innovative student artist to design original web graphics for the Winter/Spring 2024 semester.

The artist-in-residence will:

  • be paid to create approximately 10-12 unique graphics throughout Winter and Spring 2024 for use on @UMichDiversity social media accounts (Instagram and X). Graphics will be needed between mid-January and May.
  • design works through a unique vision and perspective, while also incorporating the University of Michigan’s timeless branding (colors, etc.).
  • include a written artist statement with each piece, sharing an interpretation and/or reflection on the holiday.
  • build a portfolio of work that will be shared and represented on University social media accounts and websites.

Some examples of observances include Lunar New Year, Women’s History Month, Pride, and Ramadan. A general familiarity with a diverse range of holidays is preferred but not required. Artwork can be created in any medium, but must be submitted in a high-resolution, digital format. 

To apply, please submit a resume and an example of three original artworks, as well as a brief statement about what makes you uniquely qualified for the artist-in-residence position in ODEI.

Applications are due by Sunday, December 3 (EXTENDED). The selected artist will be notified by mid-December, with first artwork needed by mid-January.

Artwork for Native American Heritage Month on left by Rin Sharpe, Stamps ’25, ODEI Artist-in-Residence Fall 2023. Artwork on right for Lunar New Year by Grace Benjamin, Stamps ’23, ODEI Artist-in-Residence Winter 2023

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