Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence Program


Watch your students learn!

Invite a potter, storyteller, painter, puppeteer or maker of books to share their artistic process and creations.

Students and staff become part of the creative process and meaningful learning as they work with the artist to problem solve and think critically, communicate, collaborate, imagine, create and innovate.

The Art Center offers art residencies to area schools. The classroom teacher and artist will design a residency that integrates art and the school’s curriculum. Residencies will address the Oregon Art and Content Standards, while teaching children the joy of making art.

Explore the Artist Roster to choose a residency.

Residencies will focus on a certain medium, and will introduce materials and technical skills used in creating art. The artist may also guide students in the exploration and production of art revolving around a school theme. A typical residency provides up to four contact sessions per day, over five days (20 hours). However, since residencies are designed to meet the school’s specific needs a residency may convene over a period of time.

Products from residencies may result in individual artwork for portfolios or student body artwork such as a school-wide mural or mosaic sculptures.

Along with residencies, schools may utilize artists from the roster who provide performing arts skill such as theater, story-telling, puppetry or dance. An assembly may show-case the art at the end of the residency.

UVAA Residences will result in increased appreciation and understanding of the historical and cultural significance of the art. Though art experiences, residencies will help students develop the 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.



20 hour Residency: $650.00
Administrative Fee: $60.00
Total Cost: $710.00
HBF subsidy: +$485.00
Total to School: $225.00

Travel and supplies negotiated directly with artist

Vouchers and/or mini-grants may be available to help offset the residency fee.

Artist-in-Residence Roster

View our current list of Resident Artists and learn about their skills and preferred mediums.


Schedule an Artist: Download the Application

Return your application to the Arts Center (Fax: 541-672-7696).  Upon receipt of the completed form, the artist will be contacted. The artist will then contact the site coordinator to finalize details. Once a date has been confirmed, UVAA will send a contract to both the school and the artist.

Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.