Artist in Residence Program

In the Fall term, the Department of Physics and Astronomy invites proposals for Artist-in-Residence projects that respond to Physics and Astronomy research from creative visual arts and music composition perspectives. 

Artist residents embed themselves in the research lab/group to envision and produce a response that connects to the scientific research. Selected artists receive $500 at the end of the program. Reasonable material costs will also be covered. 

Selected students spend time each week with the research group, and create a unique work, body of work, composition, or set of compositions in response that is presented at an exhibition/performance at the end of the spring term. 

How to Apply

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Proposal requirements

  • Students should be in good academic standing and have declared a disciplinary major or minor in English, Music, Studio Arts, Film Studies, Theatre Arts, and Architecture.
  • Application file including contact info, GPA, artistic department faculty letter, current resume, unofficial transcript
  • The artistic department faculty letter must confirm that the faculty advisor has reviewed and supports the merit and feasibility of the artist’s proposed work. The creative artist and their advisor should specify how the advisor will support the creative artist. Examples include a mutual commitment to regular meetings or registering for independent study with the faculty member.
  • A two-page proposal for the creative plan that connects the creative work to the research groups
  • A one-page budget estimating material and presentation expenses (wood, etching plates, paper, framing, pedestals, performers, recording equipment, equipment rental, etc.).
  • Work samples,  including 2-3 written works, 3-5 JPEG images of visual work (with brief image description of title, media, dimensions, year of completion), 2-3 video samples, or two 5-10 minute MP3 composition/performance samples. Total file size should not exceed 20 MB. Alternatively large files may be posted on a third party site with a link provided.

Deadline to Apply (Spring 2022)

Monday, November 29, 2021.
Application materials or questions should be emailed to Michele Slogan (slogan@pitt.edu).

Previous Exhibitions

Musical Performance

Nicolas Aguia "Simulacrum" - Faculty Researcher: Jeremy Levy

Cullyn Murphy “Realize a Feedback Loop" - Faculty Researcher: Michael Hatridge

Artwork

Azize Harvey "Ripples from a Hazy Source" - Faculty Researcher: Arthur Kosowsky

Readings

Kay Henderson "Cascade, Decay" - Faculty Researcher: Ayres Freitas

 

Musical Performances

Devon Tipp "Pale Blue Dot"- Professor Carles Badenes (Elizabeth Brown: Shakuhachi)

Jason Belcher "Feynman Sketches"-Professor Ayres Freitas (Patrick Breiner: Saxophone, Eric Weidenhof: Cello, Steven Long: Piano, Jason Belcher: Autoharp, Melodica)

Readings

Angela Velez "How to Live Like a Star"- Professor Rachel Bezanson 

Artwork 

Taylor C. Hauskins "Find Delta CP"- Professor Vittorio Paolone

Alexandra McDonough "Uncovering Conserved Energy" - Professor Joseph Boudreau

Film 

Noah Livingston "The Red Edge"- Professor Jeffrey Newman 

Musical Performances

Devon Tipp "Solo" - Professor Sergey Frolov (Cecilia Caughman: cello, Jess Weston: bass)

Readings

Heather Kresge "From the Background"- Professor Arthur Kosowsky

Rebecca Martin "Massive and Newly Dead: An Act of Translation" - Professor Rachel Bezanson

Artwork

Dennis Doyle and Pearl Galido "Searching for Resonance" -Professor Gurudev Dutt

Lily Klos "Nanoscopic Collaboration" - Professor Jeremy Levy

Film 

Jake Savitz "Aster"- Professor Michael Wood-Vasey

Musical Performances:

Laura Schwartz "System Cooling"- Professor Ayres Freita

Ryan McMasters "How to Drive a Qubit"- Professor Michael Hatridge

Artwork:

Stephanie Taylor "Artistic Exploration of Astrophysics and Cosmology"- Professor Carles Badenes, Professor Arthur Kosowsky & Professor Jeffrey Newman

Sofia Sandoval "Experimenting with the Drawn Line: A Link Between Condensed Matter Research and Intaglio Printmaking"- Professor Jeremy Levy