Artist-in-residence programs exist to invite artists, academicians, and curators to reside within the premises of an institution.[1] For example, a large church often has an organist-in-residence or "resident organist" who is the default performer when the organ is needed or used. Similarly a "painter-in-residence" is often the first artist considered by their institution when it needs or desires a painting to be painted.

Some residency programs are incorporated within larger institutions, such as museums, universities, or galleries. Other organizations exist solely to support residential exchange programs.[2]

Various composer-in-residence programs exist, for example with orchestras and universities.[3] Ensembles may be "ensembles-in-residence", such as Gamelan Pacifica residing in Cornish College of the Arts.

Comic artists programs are specifically called "comic artist in residence".[citation needed]


  1. ^ Cafe, Rebecca (4 August 2011). "What do artists-in-residence do?" – via
  2. ^ "Be an Artist-in-Residence - Arts in the Parks (U.S. National Park Service)".
  3. ^ "American Composers Alliance". American Composers Alliance.