Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program


The Division of the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) is made possible through UW–Madison’s Cluster Hiring Initiative. The program brings innovative, world-class artists to campus for a semester-long residency. Residencies are sponsored by two or more departments or units.

IARP supports residencies for the benefit of all arts units at UW–Madison. While in residence, artists teach an interdisciplinary course and participate in community outreach. Additionally, artists present at least one free public event. The program gives students exposure to working artists and provides course credit. It also strengthens connections on campus and in the community. 

Since 1999, we have hosted 40 residencies involving more than 60 university units and community organizations.

Program Report

In 2009, the then-Arts Institute completed a comprehensive review (PDF) of the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program as part of the Cluster Hiring Initiative.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for fall 2021 and spring 2022 is now closed. Applicants will be notified in Februrary 2021.

Please visit the How to Propose a Residency webpage for important resources related to the program, including how to submit your proposal.

“I learned that being an art major or a professional artist is not a requirement for getting important ideas across with art! I was able to create a piece with a meaningful message and share it with others regardless of my previous experience with art.”

Sophomore, Biology, Spring 2017 Peter Krsko residency

Contact Us

Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program
University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts
1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

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