artist-in-residence program

About Artist-In-Residence

The program aims to provide an opportunity for children and families to observe and interact with a professional artist. The program is open to artists working in a variety of media. Artists are chosen based on artistic merit and proven experience working with children and families.

Program Overview 

The Artist-in-Residence Program offers emerging, mid-career, and professional artists an opportunity to showcase their talents while inviting creative exploration in children of all ages.  There are two 8-week residencies available: Fall 2023 and Spring 2023. Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply. During the residency, the artist will develop participatory workshops and hands-on demonstrations that lead to a cumulative piece/installation exhibited at the museum.  


Artists must be enthusiastic about social engagement, collaboration and interacting with children. The application is open to all visual and multidisciplinary artists. This includes, but is not limited to, paint, sculpture, installation, textiles, illustration, digital art, and printmaking. The museum does not provide housing or transportation. 

During open studio hours, museum patrons will visit with the artist and will help contribute to the artist’s work. At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will contribute one of the pieces he/she worked on during the residency to cMoe. The final piece must be completed before the end of the residency. The artist is solely responsible for the creation of their final piece. 

What the Residency Offers to You 

  • Access to the museum during normal hours of operation. 
  • An opportunity to create a program unique to you 
  • Opportunities to showcase your artwork and methods to museum visitors 
  • Drop-in studio time where children and families can work one-on-one with you in your art form  
  • A stipend of $1,500 payable upon the completion of the program. Artist also receives $625 for supplies prior to starting the program. 

Submissions must include the following items

  1. Short Bio/Artist Statement 
  2. Resume/CV 
  3. Work samples or proposal images (max 10)   
  4. A brief statement presenting potential project(s) that you would like to do during your residency, ideas about how your work will relate to the themes of the museum (arts, culture, community, and communication) and how the public will be involved in the art process.

The Selection Process 

Decisions are based on artistic merit, proven experience working with children and families, and special attention will be paid to proposed projects or ideas and how they relate to the museum themes of art, culture, community, and communication. The museum encourages creativity; however, work must not require heavy machinery or major construction during creation or installation. All artists will be notified after the selection process is complete. cMoe reserves the right to interview candidates before making our decision. cMoe is an equal opportunity employer. 

The artist chosen must pass a background check.  

Address applications to: 

Children’s Museum of Evansville, Attn: Melissa Goembel, Artist in Residence Program, P.O. Box 122, Evansville, IN 47701 

Or, Melissa Goembel 

[email protected]  


For more information contact Melissa at (812) 463-2663, ext. 224                    

This program is supported by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.