Applications Invited for Visiting Artist Fellowship 2022

Applications Invited for Visiting Artist Fellowship 2022

Organization: Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute-Harvard University

Apply By: 15 Aug 2021

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About the Organization:

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University (The Mittal Institute) engages in interdisciplinary research to advance and deepen the understanding of critical issues in South Asia and its relationship with the world.

Visiting Artist Fellowship 2022

The Mittal Institute’s Arts Program offers fellowships to four mid-career artists from across South Asia through a competitive process and invites them to Harvard’s campus for two months. They offer artists the chance to engage with Harvard faculty and students in the classroom, and provide an opportunity for them to showcase their work through a public talk and exhibition. The program allows the Harvard community to engage with artists of diverse backgrounds, whose work in various mediums address social, economic, and political issues in South Asia.

At the Institute, the Fellows receive access to Harvard’s physical and digital libraries and archives, Harvard Museums and local museums, the opportunity to attend classes and mentorship from faculty, and a platform to share their work through presentations, exhibits, and the Mittal Institute’s website.

Due to COVID-related programming changes, they have reimagined the 2020-2021 Visiting Artist Fellowship. This year, instead of selecting four artists to visit Harvard’s campus, they have selected our 13 top applicants to attend a series of four online virtual seminars curated for them to support the artists’ long-term practice, while simultaneously contributing to thought-provoking discussions among their peers and the faculty facilitating the class.


The Visiting Artist Fellowship provides:

  • Each artist a stipend of $8,000 for the 8-week duration of the program to cover all costs incurred during the fellowship at the Mittal Institute. These include but are not limited to accommodations, meals, health insurance, domestic travels, etc.
  • In addition, one round-trip economy travel cost from South Asia to Cambridge, MA.
  • An orientation to the campus in the first week of the artist’s fellowship that includes information and access to Harvard’s extensive physical and digital libraries and archives, and the Harvard Art Museums.
  • Access to local museums and arts organizations as feasible.
  • A shared office space at the Institute.
  • Opportunity to attend classes on campus pending individual faculty approval.

The Visiting Artist Fellowship does not provide or guarantee:

  • Studio space for marking art.
  • Art supplies beyond the artist stipend.
  • Faculty approval for classes or meetings.


  • Artists who are current residents of South Asia. They will pay attention to the geographic and thematic representation of the applicant.
  • Mid-career artists with an established body of work, who are actively exhibiting current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces. Although formal professional training at an accredited institution is not a requirement, artists with professional training are preferred.
  • Demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship. Special consideration will be given to artists whose proposals directly relate to The Mittal Institute’s ongoing research.
  • Able to provide a plan and rationale for utilizing Harvard’s resources including: specific classes, archives, libraries, or museum collections.
  • In possession of a valid passport and are able to apply for the necessary visa.
  • Short-listed candidates will be required to participate in a video interview with the review committee.

Program Requirements:

  • An artist’s talk/seminar on campus and in the region, as appropriate.
  • A curated exhibition of the Visiting Artist’s works on campus.
  • A 4- to 5-page report covering what was accomplished during the Fellowship.
  • An exit interview.

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