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2018 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence

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Posted by: Taft Museum of Art
Deadline: Fri, December 22nd, 2017


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 2018 will be a visual artist working in two dimensions. The artist will present a body of work for a one-gallery exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art from July 13 to October 21, 2018. The Taft Museum of Art staff will work with the artist to select work for the exhibition.


In addition to the exhibition, the Duncanson Artist in Residence will be active in the community for two weeks in October, leading a variety of public programs including lectures, workshops, school visits and collaborative programs with community partners. The ideal artist will be a dynamic educator who is comfortable working with a variety of audiences including families, students ranging from grades K-12, and adult audiences. Flexibility will be key to execute a roster of innovative and collaborative programs.


The purpose of the residency is to promote and develop a deepening awareness of African American art and artists and to inspire future generations. Previous Duncanson Artists-in-Residence include 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 dancer/choreographer Stafford C. Berry, Jr.


Date of Exhibition: July 13 – October 21, 2018


Dates of Residency:  Two weeks in October, 2018 (some flexibility up to October 21)


Honorarium: $7,500 plus a per diem of $69/per day to cover meals and incidentals. The Taft will also provide optional lodging and transportation.


Responsibilities include:


Proposing a body of work to exhibit in the Sinton Gallery, an intimate space within our permanent collection galleries, housed inside an 1820s mansion. The gallery measures 251 square feet & 41 linear feet.  

Attendance at reception(s) to open and close residency

Evening and/or weekend public presentations (3-5)

Up to 10 programs with school groups

Lunchtime program for sponsors of residency

Weekend programs for families

Master classes/workshops for teens/adults

Additional programs for targeted audiences, to be determined

Publicity appearances and commitments prior to and during residency


Note: These responsibilities are subject to some flexibility. It is our mission to reach the broadest possible audience and to form as many community collaborations as possible.


Applicants should submit the following:


A cover letter outlining interest in the residency

A current résumé

Digital portfolio including 12-15 image files in high resolution jpeg format; please label your files with your last name (underscore) first name (underscore) entry number (ex: Duncanson_Robert_1.jpg). Images may be sent digitally through email or in the mail on a CD.

Link to a professional website if the applicant has one

Copies of press materials

Descriptions of any programs or workshops done with school or adult audiences

Three to five professional references including two references that can speak to public speaking or teaching experience


To submit:

Email all materials including digital images to:


Send all materials including a CD portfolio to:


    Robert S. Duncanson Executive Committee

    Megan Gooch, Learning & Engagement Assistant

    Taft Museum of Art

    316 Pike Street

    Cincinnati, OH  45202-4293


Deadline:  All materials must be received by Friday, December 22, 2017.  Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope of sufficient size/postage for return of digital media if necessary. For any questions, please ask or visit


Posted on Fri, November 17th, 2017
Expires on Fri, December 22nd, 2017

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