Resident Artist in Physics Program

The Resident Artist in Physics Program (RAPP) is a new interdisciplinary initiative designed to bring together artists and scientists at UIUC. The program will provide students the space and opportunity for interdisciplinary research across the arts and sciences. The artist in residence will receive mentorship from professional artists and scientists while developing their own body of work, which will be featured in a public exhibition at the end of the residency. 

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program at UIUC, working in any medium, are invited to apply. The inaugural residency will occur in the 2024/25 academic year. Thus, applicants must have at least one year of study remaining. Applications are due April 15, 2024. 

An information session will be held on February 22, 2024 at 6 pm in Siebel Center for Design, room 1002. If you are unable to attend at that time but would like additional information about the program, you may contact Jessica Raley at

This program grew out of an interdisciplinary course taught by Patrick Earl Hammie, Jessica Raley, and Nico Yunes in the Fall of 2023. 

This residency includes:

Image from "Space Dragons" by Ruoheng Yang, 2023, digital concept art

  1. Dedicated workspace
  2. Stipend of $2,500
  3. Mentorship from artists and physicists
  4. Opportunities for community engagement
  5. Lab tours and demonstrations
  6. Culminating exhibition at the end of the residency

Application Process

The artist in residence will be selected from a juried group show in November 2024. The residency will begin in January 2025, with a public exhibition at the end of the spring term. 

To apply for the juried group show, interested students should submit photos, videos, schematics, or other supporting documents of their creative work that clearly demonstrates their vision and the connection to physics. Applicants should also provide a detailed explanation of the submitted creative work and how it connects to physics. The application may represent a finished work, a work in progress, or a detailed draft. All forms of artistic expression will be considered. 

Applications are open until  April 15, 2024

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend the information session on February 22, 2024 at 6 pm in Siebel Center for Design, room 1002.

Apply now!