About the Core Program

The Core Residency Program awards residencies to exceptional, highly motivated visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. Residents engage with a wide range of leading artists, critics, curators, and scholars who are invited to meet individually with the residents, lead seminars, and deliver public lectures.

Fellows are expected to be active in their own creative and/or critical practice, whatever form that takes. Core fellows come together as a community of thinkers and makers to engage in an ongoing dialogue, the content of which is driven by contemporary concerns, the interests and work of the fellows, and the Core lecture series and visitors.

The residency term is nine months (September to May), and fellows may apply for a second term. Tuesday mornings are reserved for group discussions, and public lectures take place on Thursday evenings. Each spring the program mounts an exhibition of work produced during the current residency term, accompanied by a publication featuring essays by the critical-studies residents and documenting the work of all the residents. Critical-studies residents may apply for support for a curatorial project in their second year.

Residents receive a $21,500 stipend, 24-hour access to a private studio or office, and borrowing privileges at the MFAH Hirsch Library and Rice University Fondren Library. Limited administrative and financial support is available for successful international applicants seeking J-1 visas through the program’s partner organization, International Arts & Artists. No support is provided for other visas.

More Information
Contact Joe Eldredge, Core Residency Program Coordinator, at jeldredge@mfah.org

Joe Eldredge, Core Residency Program Coordinator

Joe Eldredge provides administrative assistance to the Core Program and its residents, aiding them in their projects and ensuring they have ample space to focus on their practice. A student of the arts and humanities with extensive experience in administrative work, and an artist himself, Eldredge curated several exhibitions and led presentations during his time at the Special Collections & Archives at Brigham Young University–Idaho.

Support the Core Program

The Core Program relies on generous patron support, which provides resources for Fellow stipends and supplies, exhibitions, and lectures related to the program’s activities. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated, and, to engage further with the program and the Core Fellows, membership in the Core Salon offers a variety of exclusive benefits. Membership is offered at the levels listed below.

CORE 10X10

$10,000 (FMV $1,000)
All of the benefits of CORE SALON plus:

  • A limited-edition work of art by a former Core Fellow
    Past editions have featured the work of alumni such as Mark Allen, David Aylsworth, Nick Barbee, Amy Blakemore, Sharon Engelstein, Francesa Fuchs, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Demetrius Oliver, Karyn Olivier, Sergio Torres-Torres, and Brad Tucker.


$2,500 (FMV $200)

  • Invitations to up to three exclusive Salon events.
  • Recognition at the annual Core Exhibition and in the annual Core publication.
  • A complimentary copy of the annual Core publication

For more information, or to contribute, please contact Haley Horan: hhoran@mfah.org

The Core Program at the Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from The Joseph & Sylvia Slifka Foundation; The Powell Foundation; and The Glassell Family Foundation.

Core fellowships have been underwritten by Anchorage Foundation of Texas; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; Mr. Brad Blume; Ms. Bettie Cartwright; Mr. and Mrs. Jamal H. Daniel; Mr. Ronald A. Logan; McClain Gallery and The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.