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Residency Program Guidelines

The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program offers two and four week residencies each year designed to provide emerging artists an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation.

2002 artist resident Coral Lambert conducted a public cast iron event and outdoor sculpture exhibition, including work made through public sculpture workshops.

The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience. Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to the artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes “place-based work” as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place; it can be a new project, or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The emerging artist residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities–especially rural communities–to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.


The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2018 is July 31st, 2017 at noon. Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up for 2018 will be notified by September 29, 2017.

Artists must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit their application through an online webform on Lanesboro Arts website. Complete program details are below. Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 507-467-2446 or with any questions.


Lanesboro Arts is a non-profit, multidisciplinary arts organization working to weave the arts into the social and municipal fabric of Lanesboro, MN. LA works closely with local government and cross-sector partners to activate the people and places of Lanesboro, making Lanesboro a national model for revitalizing and sustaining a small town. The community has been recognized by ArtPlace America, Americans for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2014 Lanesboro Arts was a recipient of a Bush Prize for Community Innovation.


The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. The Jerome Foundation is generously providing support for the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program in 2017 and 2018.


Lanesboro is a small town in southeast Minnesota’s driftless region. The historic downtown is located in a serene valley surrounded by limestone bluffs and the Root River, with forest and farmlands stretching beyond the city limits and throughout the region. For decades, artists have been drawn to the community for its natural landscape, historic buildings, and vibrant community of residents.


  • is inherently innovative and visionary
  • has a track record of success, and shows significant potential for growth
  • is informed by place and community
  • centers on public engagement; that is, the public’s interaction with the work is part of the process and the product
  • is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds


Lanesboro Arts defines “emerging artist” as an individual who has great potential in their artistic practice but has not yet received major recognition for their work. Each applicant’s resume will be thoughtfully reviewed by the panelists, who will consider the significance, scope, geography, and timing of artists’ previous exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions. (Generally, the best candidates are those who have no more than three of the major professional accomplishments noted above.) Current degree-seeking students are not eligible for the residency. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.


  • Artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply.
  • Artists must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Artists are paid $1,000/week and are provided studio and lodging space.
  • Artists are eligible to apply for 2 or 4 week residencies, and residency dates can be flexible (and split between two visits if that best suits your practice). Lanesboro Arts Residencies can be scheduled any time in 2018 except for May, June, or July. Residencies scheduled in March or August are preferred and would be most optimal, however Lanesboro Arts staff is interested in considering proposals with flexible and dynamic artists for the months of January, February, September, October, November, and December. Residencies begin on the 1st or 16th of each month and end on the 15th or last day of each month for periods of 2 or 4 weeks.
  • Lanesboro Arts does not cover material or transportation costs; these expenses should be factored into the $1,000/week stipend.
  • Artist groups are eligible to apply, but the weekly stipend is the same and must then be split amongst the collective.
  • Artists are required to list their top three choices of dates for their residency, but finalists will work with Lanesboro Arts to determine the best dates for all parties.
  • Lanesboro Arts will work with each individual artist to customize their residency, aligning resources and connections to make their time in Lanesboro as fruitful as possible.
  • Artists must submit their application through the online webform on Lanesboro Arts website.


The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2018 will be July 31st, 2017 at noon. A panel of three arts professionals and one community liaison (who is also a professional artist) will review all applications to select 3-5 finalists. These finalists will be asked to participate in a phone interview with Lanesboro Arts staff to discuss dates of availability, further questions about the proposed project, and how the artist and the project would fit within the community. Staff will call references of these finalists, to discuss the artist’s character traits of responsibility and reliability, and their ability to carry through on the proposed project. Lanesboro Arts staff will offer the residency to 2-3 artists. Review panel feedback is provided for all applicants.

TIMELINE for 2018 Residencies

July 31 (Noon) – Application deadline.
September 15 – Jury has selected finalists.
September 29 – Staff has followed up on finalist references and conducted phone interviews with finalists. All artists are notified of the status of their application.
October 1 – Notification has been sent to selected 2018 Artist Residents and the runners-up.


  • St. Mane Theatre, a 126-seat Art Deco theater located in the heart of downtown
  • Poetry Parking Lot, a large municipal parking lot with haiku hung throughout the space
  • Gateway Park, a public green space adjacent to the Root River and connected to downtown via a 1892 walking bridge
  • historic downtown storefronts and building walls
  • local farms, farmers, and farmer’s markets
  • community partnerships with local businesses, the Lanesboro Park Board, residents, schools, libraries, community organizations, and more

*The use of all community resources and assets are subject to approval from property owners and the Lanesboro City Council, as facilitated with each artist by Lanesboro Arts staff. Lanesboro Arts has a positive, collaborative relationship with these entities and will work with each resident to find the best venue for all parties.


Artistic Excellence

  1. Original voice, innovation, vision, imagination, unique/groundbreaking
  2. Project shows significant artistic development / Risk and opportunity for artistic excellence
  3. Artistically consistent body of work

Project Merit

  1. Ability to integrate art into community / Value of project to the community / Project is a good fit for the community
  2. Value of proposed project to artist’s career / Potential for artistic growth as emerging artist
  3. Feasibility of project / Ability to accomplish project in required time



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