this program is currently suspended.

Program Details—

Rockford Art Museum’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is a yearlong residency for emerging artists in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin who are committed to engaging with the community while working toward a solo show. The AIR program focuses on helping artists advance their art career through collaboration and studio visits with museum staff and local artists.The Artist-in-Residence will be required to create a body of work for a solo show in the RAM Art Annex and to participate in museum education programs, which will include tours, workshops and off-site classes. The residency is awarded to one artist each year through a selection process, and includes access to studio space, use of equipment in the museum’s education spaces, and a stipend. To apply please review the criteria and application requirements below:

  • Must be an emerging artist in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin
  • Must be 18 years or older with access to transportation
  • Must complete a yearlong residency
  • Must participate in RAM education programs, including tours, workshops and off-site classes
  • Studio space
  • Access to equipment in museum educational studio spaces
  • Stipend of $500
  • Monthly studio visits with local artists, RAM staff, curators and educators
  • Potential for hosting additional workshops and classes
  • Submit 3 images of your work 
  • CV
  • Artist statement

Questions? Please contact us at

AIR Application Form