The heart of André Smith’s vision to offer renowned American artists winter residencies to take part in an atmosphere of research and collaboration, the Research Studio hosted art luminaries such as Milton Avery and Ralston Crawford from 1937 to 1959.


The Art & History Museums – Maitland honors the Research Studio legacy through its Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program, the first formal, nationally competitive residency program since Smith’s original fellowship. The program was re-instated in 2013, and offers several residencies throughout the year for a period of three, six or nine weeks. The Artist-in-Residence lives in founder André Smith’s original residence and works in a studio on campus.

“Working in such an idyllic setting and being so directly connected to the day-to-day routines as well as the unpredictability of the natural world has provided rich and complex painting material.”– Josette Urso, A&H Artist-In-Residence Spring 2013

The 2020-21 application period is now closed. Applications for the 2021-22 Artist-in-Residence program will open in Fall 2020. 

Meet previous Artists-in-Residence here.

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