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St. Elmo Arts Residency

The St. Elmo Arts Residency is a joint project of the Department of Art and Art History and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin that offers one fellowship each academic year to a newly minted MFA artist in painting, drawing, print, photo, sculpture or multimedia.

The residency is situated in a beautifully renovated house and studio compound in the St. Elmo district of South Austin, located midway between the university campus and the Wildflower Center.

Announcing the 2018‑19 Fellow

Artist Katy McCarthy is the first recipient of the St. Elmo Arts Residency and fellowship.

Read more >

 St Elmo Residency house and studio
House and Studio Compound
 wildflower center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Residency Period

Early-August 2018 through Mid‑May 2019


  • 24-hour access to a private 1800-square-foot studio

  • Private furnished house capable of accommodating the fellow and a partner *

  • $30,000 stipend

  • Part-time teaching experience at UT Austin

  • Part-time teaching experience at the Wildflower Center

  • Solo exhibition at the Wildflower Center in restored 19th-century carriage house gallery (1800 square feet)

* Pet may be acceptable in living space upon approval and with pet deposit

Fellow Responsibilities

  • 9½-month commitment

  • Teach one class per semester (two classes total) in Studio Art in the Department of Art and Art History

  • Teach one workshop per semester (two workshops total) at the Wildflower Center *

  • Public lecture on your work

  • Solo exhibition

* Give some thought to what kind of workshop you might propose for an adult-learning community while taking advantage of the inspiring landscape of the botanical garden.

updated studio
Studio *
 St Elmo Residency house
House *
 St Elmo Residency house
House *
 updated kitchen ated kitchen
House *
 carriage house at wildflower center
Carriage House, Wildflower Center (location of residency exhibition)

* Please note that not all furniture pictured will remain during residency, but house and studio will be fully furnished.


  • For the residency beginning August 2018, only artists who graduated from an MFA program in Fall 2017 through July 15, 2018 are invited to apply.

  • If you graduated prior to Fall 2017, you are not eligible to apply.
  • If you graduated after July 15, 2018, you can apply in the next application cycle.

  • UT Austin Department of Art and Art History Studio Art students and alumni are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Not Currently Accepting Applications

The application deadline for the 2018–2019 Fellowship has passed. Please check back here in early 2019 for information about the 2019–2020 Fellowship.

Please Note — Only digital applications will be accepted.

Artist Materials

The following three items must be submitted in PDF format. Place all PDFs into a single folder labeled lastname_firstname_st_elmo and share that folder via Google Drive with

  1. Artist Statement (one page)
    Filename: lastname_firstname_statement.pdf

  2. Resume (include address, phone, email and website if available)
    Filename: lastname_firstname_resume.pdf

  3. Portfolio (20 images and documentation script, all within a single PDF)
    Filename: lastname_firstname_portfolio.pdf

    For video: Upload to Vimeo and include link(s) in the documentation script. Total running time for all combined video clips must not exceed three minutes.

Reference Letters

Two reference letters (PDF or Word document) should be emailed directly from your referrers to

Instruct them to title the file:


Mail an official copy of your transcript to the address below (even if you have yet to finish this semester).

St. Elmo Arts Residency
Department of Art and Art History
The University of Texas at Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd, Stop D1300
Austin, Texas 78712–1421