Abby Rose Maurer, AIR 2013

Student Artist in Residence (AIR) Program

The Summer Student Artist-in-Residence Program is now managed by the Department of Visual Arts. All inquiries should be directed to the Department of Visual Arts.

How the Program Works

Six to eight student participants are selected by a committee of art faculty and ArtStreet staff, through a competitive application process, to create art over a nine-week period during the summer. Their projects are designed with assistance from an Department of Visual Arts faculty mentor and the ArtStreet director to address a specific program, theme, or initiative relevant to the campus building to which they are assigned. Students live in a learning community environment at ArtStreet, and work in a cooperative studio environment in the ArtStreet facility. The structured program consists of an orientation period, intensive studio work, visits from artists, critiques and consultations with faculty and staff advisors, an artwork installation period, and the annual ArtHop, during which the installed works are showcased and an artist reception is held.

Watch a firsthand account of what the program experience is like:

Video produced by dalSegno Productions (2008).

Six Great Reasons to Support AIR

  • The AIR program can enliven uninspiring, awkward or barren spaces in your facility. Getting tired of beige? AIR can help!
  • The AIR program model is a UD original that distinguishes our university. AIR started at UD as a partnership between Student Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Associate Provost. Student artwork is developed in collaboration with UD art faculty and staff, and is designed specifically for the site where it is located, with great consideration for residents and the campus community.
  • The artwork visually improves the student living and learning spaces, and demonstrates that UD values and supports student creativity. Many of the student artists have used their artwork to support campus priorities such as the First Year Living Learning Community initiative, UD's Marianist heritage, environmental sustainability, and connecting students to the Dayton community.
  • Student participants develop practical wisdom through experiential learning  - in community with UD faculty and staff - to improve the quality of life on campus. Not all students who have participated are art students; the program is open to undergraduate students of any major, as well as graduate students.
  • The university builds a valuable collection of professional quality, community-relevant, original student artwork throughout campus at a much lower cost per than purchasing commercially available artwork.
  • The UD ArtHop (a tour of new campus art) is held each fall to share the new AIR artwork with UD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Dayton community. The work is also visible to prospective students and their parents on campus tours.