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Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences
Arthur N. BecVar Artist in Residence Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Donna and Allan Lansing Nursing and Clinical Sciences BecVar Artist in Residence Program?
Since 2003, Bellarmine College students in the arts have partnered with the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences to create connections and a better understanding of how the arts and the study of healthcare relate. Created by Dr. Sue Davis, with guidance from Dr. Carole Pfeffer and Professor Fred Smock, the program has provided insight in to the complex world of healthcare through artistic expression.
The program was endowed in 2006 by Mrs. Arthur N. (Jayne) BecVar in memory of her husband. The diverse creative talents of the BecVar family exemplify the connections this program seeks to nurture between the arts and the health sciences. The program provides a stipend of approximately $2500 for the two semesters ($1250/semester) that the artist in residence.
How does the selection process work? What is the timeline for selecting the Artist in Residence?
A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be sent to students and faculty by August 26, 2016. Only junior and senior students with a major or minor in the arts (all fine and creative art mediums) are eligible. A committee that includes the Lansing School Artist in Residence Liaison and faculty from the Bellarmine College Arts/Humanities Division and the School of Communication will meet to select the recipient.
A link to the timeline for the Artist in Residence (AIR) selection process is available
The proposal requires the name of a faculty mentor. What is the role of the faculty mentor? How do I select a faculty mentor?
A faculty sponsor/mentor is someone with whom you already have a good working relationship or see the potential for such a relationship. The faculty mentor will support you through the artistic process. It is highly recommended that the mentor be involved in the process from proposal to the installation/presentation of the work.
What are the benefits to becoming an Artist in Residence?
The AIR program allows students to experience art from conception to installation/publication/presentation. Former artists in residence say it opened doors to various career opportunities, allowed them to experiment, increased their confidence and provided insight into the health care professions. They also thought that having their work displayed/presented at Bellarmine and archived in the Library was great!
The Artist in Residence receives a stipend but what about funding for installation, printing or production costs (depending on the medium)?
In addition to the stipend, there is approximately $500 per year available for such costs.
Where will my work be displayed, performed or stored when it is completed?
The Artist in Residence and the Lansing Artist in Residence Liaison will meet to explore display/presentation opportunities for the work. All permanent installations need approval from the Bellarmine University President which the Lansing Artist in Residence Liaison facilitates. Performances such as a play, concert or reading would be scheduled according to university policy.
The artist’s work is formally installed/presented at a reception. The reception for the 2017-18 school year will be held in mid-March 2018. The public is invited.
Work that is unable to be displayed is archived in the Bellarmine University Library's Special Collections.
Are there examples of works created by previous Artists in Residence?
Yes! Feel free to browse the Slideshow on the link on the AIR website.
Better yet, go see the works in person! They are installed across campus in the buildings where health professions’ courses are taught. The location for each artist’s work is listed on the Slideshow page on the AIR website. An artist’s statement accompanies each work.
Works such as the play and chapbooks are in the Bellarmine University Library Special Collections. The works may be accessed through the library catalog or viewed by request in the library.
If I want to learn more about the Artist in Residence program what should I do?
Check out the
Attend one of these upcoming AIR information sessions:
Tuesday, September 13 or Thursday, September 15 during Free Period (11 a.m.-noon). Location: Miles 304
Set up an appointment to speak with faculty who have mentored artists in residence: Caren Cunningham (Art), Laura Hartford (Art), or Fred Smock (English)
Contact Dr. Mary Pike, Lansing Artist in Residence Liaison at 502.272.8265 or
for more information.
Request for Proposals (doc)
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