The University has had a successful Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program since 1986. Students are directly involved with the artist through a flexible course specially designed by the AIR.
The residency occurs for at least seven weeks during the Spring semester, which runs from mid-January through mid-May. The Artist-in-Residence is expected to make a significant work of art during the residency which will become part of the permanent collection of the University of Southern Maine to be placed on campus; give one public presentation; be available for discussions with faculty and students; and teach approximately 6-10 students as a class and/or supervise a similar number of students independently on a directed project. An exhibition opportunity at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham is usually offered to the AIR .
Artist-in-Residence applications are not being accepted at this time.