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Artist in residence

Hamilton, Ohio – A new opportunity for area artists arrives in the new year.


SOS ART, in collaboration with the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, introduces its first-ever Artist in Residence program starting in 2024. The residency encourages creators to engage with themes of peace and justice in their artistic practice. Selected artists will spend three months creating, curating, and collaborating on projects to share.


SOS ART and the Fitton Center issued a call to artists – deadline February 1, 2024 - to find the inaugural resident artist, whose term will run from April 1 to June 30, 2024. Additional residencies will run July to September, October to December and January to March, 2025.

The residency is open to creatives of all types including - but not limited to - visual artists, filmmakers, curators, writers, and community activators. Artist collectives and groups also may apply. Priority for the first residency goes to artists exploring the theme of Food Insufficiency/Hunger in their proposals.


“We’ve had a long-running, successful partnership with SOS ART,” said Kate Rowekamp, Fitton Center Director of Education and Outreach. “This is a great opportunity to use our shared resources to amplify local artistic voices engaging with themes of peace and justice.

“We’ve collaborated with SOS ART in the past through classes, exhibitions and speaking engagements. With this latest partnership we’re encouraging creators to make impactful art that shines a light on challenging topics and share it with the community. Our goal is to give both artists and their audiences a creative way to process large societal issues.”

Applicants should live within a 50-mile radius of Cincinnati. Resident artists will work from their own studio space, with access to SOS ART facilities in Mt. Auburn, as well as the Fitton Center in Hamilton.


Residencies can cover any number of styles, including artists, who will create a body of original work; curators, who will collect and show works by local artists, including their own pieces; educators, who will offer a series of free classes in a given visual art technique; creators, who will produce multimedia content like an art-related publication or video; or an event residency, wherein the artist creates and hosts a community event including poetry, visual art, performing art and panel discussions. All of which should be connected to a specific theme of peace and justice.


A committee will select the artists and each quarterly residency comes with a $1,000 honorarium.


Click here for more complete information and application instructions.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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