Proposals for UW–Madison Division of the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program due Jan. 31

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts is accepting proposals for the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Proposals are due at noon on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

IARP provides funding up to $60,000 and staff support. Residencies are sponsored by two or more departments or units anywhere on campus. Units eligible to propose a residency are: 1) academic departments; or 2) officially recognized interdepartmental programs, centers or institutes. Organizations outside of the university may partner on residencies.

Residencies are for a semester. Artists teach one course, present at least one public event and can bring in guest artists. The IARP courses are open to all majors. Over 60 campus and community units and organizations have supported IARP. For the list of all previous residencies and the supporting units, visit:

Ben Barson playing saxophone with Gizelxanath RodriguezThe spring 2020 interdisciplinary artists-in-residence are Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective. More details about public events will be sent in the early part of the spring semester.

IARP Proposals

Proposals are submitted electronically and are reviewed by the division’s Academic Affairs Committee. You will have the opportunity to save and return to your proposal, adding and editing information as you work with various parties, including the proposed artist. The deadline for proposals is noon on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

The How to Propose a Residency page on our website contains useful resources and guidelines including a checklist, cover sheet, budget worksheet, artist handbook and best practices guide.

Since 1999, IARP has brought world-class artists to UW–Madison to teach a semester-long interdisciplinary arts course, put on multiple campus events and engage in community outreach. For more information on the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, please visit or email:

Recent Residencies

Recent interdisciplinary artists-in-residence, the host unit and supporting units (in alphabetical order) are listed below.

Carrie Hanson. Fall 2019. Host: Dance Department. Support by Chazen Museum of Art, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, WARF – Wisconsin Science Festival and the Wisconsin Union Theater.

Rashaad Newsome. Spring 2019. Host: Art Department. Support by Chazen Museum of Art, Dance Department, Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) – First Wave, The Studio and Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Stuart Flack. Fall 2018. Host: Wisconsin School of Business – Bolz Center for Arts Administration. Support by Design Studies Department, WARF ­– Wisconsin Science Festival and Wisconsin Union Theater.

Ama Wray. Spring 2018. Host: Art Department. Support by African Cultural Studies, Afro-American Studies, Art History and Dance Departments.

Peter Krsko. Spring 2017. Host: Biological Systems Engineering. Support by Art, Design Studies and Physics Departments. Community support by Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Wormfarm Institute.

Meeta Mastani. Fall 2016. Host: Department of Art History. Support by Art and Design Studies Departments along with Center for South Asia and Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

Amy Franceschini. Spring 2016. Host: Art Department. Support by Community and Environmental Sociology, Design Studies and Horticulture Departments.

Juan de Marcos González. Fall 2015. Host: Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) and School of Music. Support by Afro-American Studies, Art, Art History and Dance Departments along with the A. E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. Community support by 100state, Dane Arts, Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Madison Arts Commission and Overture Center for the Arts.