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2021 Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist in Residence

Thanks to the generosity of Robert Doran, B.A. 1955, and his wife, Happy, the Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence Fund at the Gallery has supported artists for almost two decades.

About the Artist-in-Residence Program

The Yale University Art Gallery is partnering with Artspace New Haven to offer financial support and community to Connecticut-based artists via a new residency. A call for proposals for the 2021 Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist-in-Residence Program is open until Friday, April 30, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT. Selected candidates will be notified by Friday, May 28.

The residency is funded by the Gallery’s Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence Fund, which has supported a wide range of distinguished artists for almost two decades, including Janine Antoni (2003), Abelardo Morell (2008), Paula Wilson (2009), Carol Bove (2010), Kerry James Marshall (2011), R. H. Quaytman (2012), Chris “Daze” Ellis (2014), James Prosek (2018), and Will Wilson (2020), among others.

The new residency will provide up to five early to mid-career artists who live and work in Connecticut with a $15,000 award, among other benefits. The residency is virtual and culminates in a group exhibition at Artspace New Haven in mid-2022. Practicing visual artists in all media—and especially those who are recent M.F.A. graduates from any accredited program—are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the artist-in-residence program has passed.

View of entrance to the Yale University Art Gallery. Photo: Christopher Gardner

Program goals:

  • To encourage and celebrate creativity
  • To support and foster Connecticut’s creative community
  • To provide a platform for that creative community to share their artistic practice among one another as well as with the general public and further communities online
  • To make the broadest possible use of the many resources of the Gallery and of Artspace New Haven, including their respective collections, staff, students community members, and program participants 
  • To foster the Gallery’s role as a hub for dynamic collaborations by strengthening its partnership with New Haven neighbors, in particular Artspace New Haven

Artists are expected to:

  • Develop and complete a work or works to be included in a culminating group exhibition at Artspace New Haven in early 2022
  • Participate in the curation and installation of the group exhibition in collaboration with Gallery and Artspace New Haven staff
  • Participate in in-person and/or virtual studio visits with members of the local community, including Artspace Student Apprenticeship Program (SAP) participants
  • Participate in regular cohort meetings
  • Participate in the promotion of the Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist-in-Residence Program

Artists receive:

  • $15,000 award (all inclusive; no additional compensation for materials, travel, room, board, etc.)
  • Title of “2021 Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist in Residence” in publicity materials
  • Participation in group exhibition of work created during the residency at Artspace New Haven in early 2022
  • Publicity through Gallery and Artspace New Haven media channels
  • Professional documentation of created work
  • Creation of marketing packet


  • Practicing visual artists (painting, print, photography, sculpture, time-based media, etc.) whose primary residences and studios are in Connecticut
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Recent graduates from M.F.A. programs at any accredited institution are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Current Yale University and Artspace New Haven employees, students, and staff and board members are ineligible


  • Video project proposal: How would you spend your time as a Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist in Resident? How would the resources provided by the residency help you achieve your goal? (two minutes max.)
  • CV including contact information (written, submitted as PDF)
  • Biography (written, submitted as PDF; 150 words max.)
  • Artist’s statement (written, submitted as PDF; 250 words max.)
  • Itemized budget showing how you would allocate the $15,000 award toward the production of your work (costs related to materials, studio space, research, travel, equipment, etc.; submitted as PDF
  • Examples of your art in electronic form: ten images (PDFs or JPEGs preferred); or five images and one video/audio file (three minutes max.; submitted as MP3 or MP4); or two video/audio files (three minutes max. each)

Selection criteria and timeline:

Residents will be chosen by a selection committee of Gallery and Artspace New Haven staff, who will consider:

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Record of exhibitions
  • Interdisciplinarity and experimentation
  • Alignment with missions of both the Gallery and Artspace New Haven

For more information about the Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist-in-Residence Program, please contact Cheri Cercone at cheri.cercone@yale.edu.