Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency
Application procedures
Deadlines: Applications are reviewed once yearly. To be considered for the upcoming residency (June 2012020 ),
applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance within two weeks
of the application deadline.
Eligibility: Applicant must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the residency and must meet the qualifications
listed on page 6.
Application materials checklist
Completed and signed application form
Portfolio of images on CD
Corresponding image list
Statement of Intent
Current Resume or CV
All materials provided digitally on CD
Note: No materials will be returned.
Application submission
Mail all application materials listed on the left
in one envelope to:
Amy Fill
University Art Galleries
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion SD 57069
Further instructions
Portfolio: You may send up to 20 digital images of your work. Digital images must be submitted as JPEG files on
a CD that can be read by both Mac and PC operating systems. Slide shows and Power Point presentations are not
accepted. Each JPEG may be no larger than 1600 pixels in any direction. The image resolution must be between 72
and 100 d.p.i.. Each file must be labeled with the applicant’s family name followed by a period, first initial, under-
score and number, for example: SMITH.J_1.JPG, SMITH.J_2.JPG
Statement of Intent: On a separate sheet, briefly describe the project(s) on which you would like to work during
your residency and how these projects will benefit, involve, or impact your tribal and local communities. Please limit
your statement of intent to two pages. We highly encourage you to read the mission, goals, and activities of the resi-
dency on pages 4 & 5 before writing the Statement of Intent.
References: On a separate sheet, please provide names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for three
people familiar with your art work and your character, and who are willing to supply a reference if asked. The Uni-
versity of South Dakota is an academic institution committed to promoting equal opportunity and fostering diversi-
ty among its students, faculty, and staff.
Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency
First name Last name Middle Initial
Tribal Affiliation
Mailing Address
Street address or P.O. box City State Zip/Posal Code Country
Daytime Evening Cell
Website URL
Current occupation
Other residencies attended
How did you hear about the residency program at USD?
Please check only the medium that most closely describes your studio access needs.
Photography Painting/2-D Mixed media Printmaking
Digital media Sculpture/3-D Mixed media Ceramics
Residencies take place in the summer and must extend over a 4 week period, preferably during the entire month of
Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency
Special Requirements
List any special requirements for work space and/or equipment that you might need during your residency.
Professional Achievements
List and date three professional achievements that you consider to be the most important in your career as a
creative artist (i.e. published works, performances, awards, exhibitions, etc.).
Upon signing this application, I understand that the Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency, a part of the
Contemporary Native Arts Program at USD is designed as a retreat to pursue personal creative work and
share in collegial interaction within an educational community of artists, elders, and students. In this spirit, if
selected, I intend to commit myself for the entire residency period. I further agree to abide by the Program’s
guidelines and policies, and grant permission for the University of South Dakota to use images of myself, my
artwork, and my activities associated with my residency for promotional use.
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Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency
About The Residency
The Contemporary Native Arts Program (CNAP) at the University of South Dakota seeks applicants
for the first Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency (NPIAR). Artists who are registered members of a
tribe in the Northern Plains region are eligible to apply for the residency. The artist-in-residence will spend the
entire month of June living and working at the University of South Dakota. The artist will be expected to work
on a new or ongoing visual arts project.
CNAP Goals
The CNAP program wishes to support Native artists interested in combining traditional native arts practices
with new media approaches, technology-based methods, or applicants wishing to broaden the distribution of their
art using technology and/or social media. The purpose of the residency is to encourage Native artists to access and
use technologies for the preservation, dissemination, and enhancement of their artistic work.
The CNAP program encourages emerging and mid-career American Indian artists to recognize their audience and
develop a career path that is successful according to their own assessment of artist purpose and wellbeing. The resi-
dency will offer guidance on how to develop career plans and trajectories in either commercial or nonprofit sectors.
Residency package
Artist Residency Stipends: To create a prestigious residency for meeting the project goals of increasing access to na-
tive arts and preserving and protecting indigenous practices, funds for a competitive residency supported by MACF
are budgeted as follows
t General Living Stipend- $3,000: By offering a competitive living subsidy to offset costs incurred while
participating in residency, the project leaders believe the residency will attract a high-quality pool of
applicants in underserved communities. The NPIAR selection committee recognizes that artists with existing
support systems in place often attend residencies, for example artists holding academic/teaching jobs or artists
with a spouse who subsidizes their artistic career. The NPIAR selection wants to include candidates without
those existing support systems by including a ‘living stipend’ in the residency budget. This will make the
residency highly competitive and unlike any other in the region.
t Materials Stipend- $3000: The artist will create a new project during the residency and we will offer a material
stipend to cover the costs of art supplies.
t Technology Stipend- $3,000: The technology portion of the stipend is designed to support the purchase of a
domain name for website creation, video camera or other documentary equipment. By allowing the resident
to promote the Native Arts that he/she will practice, the technology stipend will ensure meeting the overall
project goals.
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About The Residency
Activities: The artist-in-residence will have the opportunity and expectation to........
t Conduct research at the Oral History Center and the Archives and Special Collections in the I.D. Weeks
Library at USD
t Conduct research on works in the Robert Penn Contemporary Indian Art collection and the Oscar Howe
permanent collection at USD
t Start a new body of creative work or work towards the completion of an on-going project that will integrate
new media, new methodologies, or technologies with traditional Native arts practices, history, and culture.
t Learn how to market his or her artwork through three marketing sessions with three different Native arts
dealers, curators or gallerists
t Begin a strategic plan to exhibit and promote their work to a broader arts community
t Present his or her research and burgeoning art project, started at the residency, to a public audience throughout
the duration of the residency
t Participate in a studio visit, open to the public, where guests may visit the artist in his/her studio and ask the
artist questions about his/her process and concepts addressed in the new body of work
t Use studio, facilities, and equipment in the College of Fine Arts
t Study traditional Native American themes, icons, and symbols in the fine art, oral history, and special
collections at USD
t Be encouraged to incorporate new media and technology-based concepts into their artistic practice
t Create contemporary art projects that incorporate research of traditional Native arts media and methods, for
instance quillwork, traditional dyes, etc.
t Create a personal artist website with a technology assistant (if he/she does not already have one)
t Give an artist’s presentation, open to the public and for faculty and students attending the OHSAI, for
feedback and insights on the new project
t Live in university housing to be close to studio space and study collections
t Receive a materials stipend to purchase traditional Native art supplies and other art supplies
t Receive a technology stipend to establish an online presence via a website or to purchase cameras or other
digital equipment to support creative work and visibility
t Receive a general stipend to offset living expenses while the artist attends the residency
t Exhibit his or her work in a solo exhibition, open to the public, during the following exhibition season after
the residency. The solo exhibition will take place at the University Art Galleries at USD
t Show their work to patrons of the visual arts, collectors, and other curators
Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency
About The Residency
t Applicants must be a registered member of a tribe in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the USA or from Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba Canada. This
includes Assiniboine; Assiniboine-Gros Ventre; Assiniboine-Stony; Blackfeet; Canadian Sioux; Cheyenne River
Lakota; Crow; Crow Creek Dakota; Flandreau-Santee Dakota; Ho Chunk; Nakota-Assiniboine; Lower Brule
Lakota; Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara; Northern Arapaho; Northern Cheyenne; Northern Ponca; Oglala Lakota;
Omaha; Plains Cree; Red River Metis; Rocky Boy Chippewa-Cree; Salish-Kootenai; Santee Sioux of Nebraska;
Sarcee; Saulteaux; Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota; Sicangu Lakota; Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota; Spirit Lake
Lakota; Hunkpapa Lakota; Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Upper and Lower Dakota of Minnesota; Wind River
Shoshoni; Yankton Dakota
t The artist must have a completed degree, either high school diploma, associates, bachelors, or master’s degree
and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree granting program in the visual arts.