Artist Projects

Current Cycle:

As of January, 2019, the Artist Projects funding opportunity is on hold, pending funding decisions.


The Commons offers a platform for the creation and presentation of innovative, experimental, interdisciplinary installations, performances, or other artist projects. Site-specific projects should incorporate and directly respond to the space of The Commons located on the main level of Spooner Hall. Since The Commons is envisioned as both a physical and an intellectual space for convergence of interdisciplinary inquiry, proposed projects should relate to The Commons both physically and intellectually. Projects should be designed with the Spooner Hall premises and its many uses in mind, with an awareness that the space supports various programs and activities (from symposia to musical events to catered receptions). Moreover, projects should exhibit strong interdisciplinary elements addressing the programmatic theme for the year at The Commons and integrating aspects of the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Grants fund original projects and will cover materials and a modest opening reception, but not salaries. Proposals are evaluated by a panel of external reviewers and determinations will consider originality of project, relation to the theme, incorporation of space, and alignment with the mission of The Commons.

Past Projects

Artist Project, Artist Talk, Community Engaged Research, Public Event, Public Scholarship, Research Communication
7:00pm CDT Friday, September 25, 2020 Online
Activity, Artist Project, Care & Well-being
12:00-1:00pm CDT Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Online / By Phone
Artist Project, Coffee @ The Commons
10:00am Tuesday, March 24, 2015 The Commons
with Heather Harpham, Artist in Residence
Artist in Residence, Artist Project, Artist Talk, Coffee @ The Commons, Data & Democracy
Monday, April 28, 2014 The Commons
Art Installation, Artist Project
6:00-9:00pm Friday, May 3, 2013 The Commons
with Kadim Al Asady
Artist Project
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 The Commons
Art Installation, Artist Project
7-9 pm Friday, May 13, 2011 The Commons
by the students of Motion Graphic Design 56o, advised by Jeremy Shellhorn and Shannon Criss
Art Installation, Artist Project
7-9 pm Saturday, April 16, 2011 Public Opening
by Kip Haaheim, Nolan Lem, and Tristan Telander
Activity, Artist Project
3:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2008 Spooner Hall