The residency was created in 1996 to provide studio space and mentoring for emerging artists as a bridge opportunity for a career in the visual arts. The Stutz Artists Residency program is exclusively funded by artists for artists. This is one of the largest awards for visual artists in central Indiana. There are now over 30 alumni resident artists, and many continue to live, work and impact the arts in central Indiana.
- Greg Hull (1997) is currently associate professor of sculpture at Herron School of Art and Design. His works can be seen at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Airport, Newfields and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Hull says the residency was life changing, “The residency immersed me in a community of artists and friends who welcomed me to the city and supported me as I grew into professional artist. It was an important early professional accomplishment that contributed to the foundation of my career and my current artistic practice.”
- Patrick Flaherty (2009) is president and executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center. He is a printmaker and says his residency experience transformed him, “It was really affirming. The energy in the Stutz as a whole and seeing other artists who were making a living through what they do there was inspiring. It left a lasting impression on me.”
- Kyle Ragsdale (2010) is curator of the Harrison Art Gallery. He’s earned numerous awards and accolades continuing to “paint art that lives with people.”
The annual Stutz Artist’s Association Spring Open House raises funds to support this important program that includes a lease for dedicated studio space for eleven months in a clean, safe, and friendly working environment along with mentoring. The Open House serves as a key event for the Resident to show and sell the work they produce during their tenure.
Since its inaugural year in 1996, the residency program has provided in-kind contributions of more than $135,000 to 31 local artists. Artists who spent a formative year as a Stutz Resident are among the most well known, accomplished and respected professionals in Indianapolis’ arts community.
See previous residency grant recipients here.