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Summer Educator Micro-Residency Art Program

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer programming until July 10, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This cancellation applies to the Summer Educator Micro-Residency Art Program. We will reimburse the application fee for anyone who submitted one for this summer. Please allow 2–4 weeks for receipt of your reimbursement. We are looking forward to being back in summer 2021! Thank you for your understanding and for your support of the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Down deep you're an artist. You've been busy building lesson plans, grading projects, managing classrooms, meeting state guidelines, and nurturing young imaginations—and now it's time to tend to your own creative desires.

See Photos from the 2019 Program

Educator-artists from a broad range of disciplines live, work, and collaborate to push the boundaries of their practices. Faculty art and design mentors guide resident artists through critiques, offer challenges, make presentations, provide demonstrations, and engage in one-on-one sessions. A public exhibition culminates the experience.

The residential program fee includes a private room in a new residence hall, all meals, a large shared studio space, faculty mentorship, and use of School of Art and Design facilities. Additional resources such as 3D printing and laser printing are available at student rates.

We are currently accepting applications from artist/educators working in the following media/techniques: all 2D studio art media (drawing, painting, etc.); printmaking; digital design; fibers; installation; digital photography; wood; plaster; mixed media 3D (not clay).

All participants earn three total continuing education units from the University of Illinois. Graduate credit is not available for this program.

Space is limited. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Full-time status at a public or private K–12 school
  • Passion for the proposed residency project
  • Compatibility with a faculty mentor

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

Residential program fee: $500 (includes room and breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Commuter/nonresidential program fee: $400 (includes lunch and dinner)

All art supplies are the responsibility of each artist.

The application process for 2020 has been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Portfolio 101

Portfolio 101

Download this PowerPoint presentation for ideas on creating effective portfolios and displaying your work for the greatest impact.

Campus Field Trips

Take your high school class on a customized field trip. Visits include portfolio preparation presentations, audition tips, facility tours, and opportunities to meet current students and faculty members. Trips may be tailored to meet your educational goals. 

Customize Your FAA Field Trip

Tour the second-largest museum of fine arts in Illinois. Students typically see four galleries and discuss a work or two in each gallery during the visit. The one-hour tours are designed to strengthen students' ability to examine pieces carefully, think critically about them, and interpret them. Guides provide background on the artists, information about the style and historical time of the works, and context for their creation. See Krannert Art Museum's Tour the Museum page for more information. 

Preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students can experience world-class live events during the day at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a premier space for diverse works. The Youth Series features music from favorites such as Dan Zanes and Friends, movement companies including the electrifying Diavolo, full-length plays from Illinois Theatre, puppetry, and interactive shows. Guides for each event with background information about the performers, links to additional reading, and activities are mailed in advance so that teachers can prepare students and make deep connections to classroom work.

FAA representatives visit high schools throughout the fall and spring. Your students can learn about the college or careers in the arts or a special presentation can be created to fit your classroom needs.

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