Artist-in-Residence - The DoSeum



Since 2017, the DoSeum has partnered with professional mid-career artists who seek ways to challenge the young curious minds of San Antonio through their art and encourage them to engage with the exhibits through activities that provoke them to think outside of the box. The Artist-in-Residence exhibits provide children with the opportunity to interact with their work and appreciate the artistic process while still connecting themes of STEM and literacy.

2021 Artist-In-Residence 

Accepting Applications through June 18

For 2021 The DoSeum seeks artists working in miniature to add their artistic touch to "DoSeum Express: Tiny Trains and Trolleys." This exhibition on view at The DoSeum from 11/6/21 - 1/2/22 hopes to become a holiday tradition.  Interested Artists should review the below information about our 2021 Artist-In-Residence, prior to submitting their application.  

Apply for 2021 Artist-In-Residence Register for Virtual Q&A: June 2



Artists must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • Open to visual and multidisciplinary artists.
  • Desire to work collaboratively with museum staff and the public to create works that step away from traditional models.
  • Experience creating social engagement participatory works of art. 
  • Experience with miniatures and creating miniature scenery
  • Local and regional mid-career professional artists are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists presently enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs are encouraged to apply after completing studies.
  • Chosen artists will need to pass a background check.

Artists with the above-mentioned experience, interested in exploring non-traditional exhibition spaces, and available for The DoSeum’s 2021 production and exhibition timeline are strongly encouraged to apply.

Winning Projects for 2021

For 2021 The DoSeum seeks artists working in miniature to add their artistic touch to "DoSeum Express: Tiny Trains and Trolleys." This exhibition on view at The DoSeum from 11/6/21 - 1/2/22 hopes to become a holiday tradition. The DoSeum will provide the venue, staging, and trains. We request artist support to create the miniature scenery through which the trains will travel. Imagination, creativity, and outside-the-box thinking encouraged! The scenery will not be touched by children but will be viewed through interactive pop-up bubbles, periscopes, and cameras (provided by The DoSeum). We are seeking up to 6 artists to provide a 4'x8' landscape (base material will be provided). View preliminary table design image.  Each winning artist will receive a $1,000 stipend and $2,500 for production. Winning artists will be asked to work with our education staff to lead a workshop with children to share their art practice.

Key Dates

Application Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021

  • June 2 at 10AM: Optional Virtual Question Forum - Register for Q&A

  • June 18: Application Deadline

  • June 18-25: Organization Deliberation

  • June 25: Finalists Announced

  • July 16: Finalist Proposal Deadline

  • July 23: Winners announced

  • August - October: Prototyping and Fabrication

For information regarding the Artist-In-Residence program, your eligibility, or questions process please contact Meredith Doby, VP of Exhibits at



Previous artist residents have been selected based on proposals that simultaneously challenge them to explore new facets of their own work while incorporating meaningful experiences for guests. 

2020 artist Sara Sudhoff's, The Reading Brain, ran in conjunction with the 2020 Summer exhibit, Beautiful Minds, and allowed families to be immersed in the inner workings of the reading brain through a multi-sensory, data driven interactive installation.

2019 artists Amada Miller proposed the exploration of space through the visceral and memorable experience of using all our senses, particularly smell, to explore her multimedia installation of the universe. Mark Menjivar invited guests on an ingenious proposal to spend time together in close observation of the world of birding with an installation that occupied the halls and connectors of The DoSeum.

Calder Kamin and Gregorio Mannino, Artists-in-Residence for 2018, created original installations that accompanied The DoSeum’s Dream Tomorrow Today Tricentennial exhibit. Focusing on the future, both artists engaged guests through workshops and interactive exhibit spaces that explored our present and future relationships with nature, consumption, and sustainability.

Richard Armendariz inaugurated our AIR program in 2017 with his Dream Keeper exhibit that challenged guests with culturally relevant character development through an installation, an animated video projection, and printmaking workshops. 



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