The College of Arts & Letters established the Critical Race Studies program as part of its Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative.  The residency program brings two artists or designers to campus a year to engage issues of race through creative practice. By teaching, offering public programming, and mounting an exhibition or participatory project, resident artist/designers deepen and enrich dialogues about race across and beyond MSU’s campus. The Critical Race Studies Residency Program is designed to empower artists and designers to create transformative work.

The Critical Race Studies Residency program is made possible thanks to a $750,000 gift from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), and with the generous support of the Creating Inclusive Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives at MSU.

The residency program is coordinated by Karin Zitzewitz.  Interested applicants are welcome to ask questions by email.

2021-2022:  Dan Paz and Elka Stevens
Press release | Paz exhibition | Stevens exhibition

2020-2021:  Young Joon Kwak
Press release | Kwak exhibition | Kwak in L.A.

2019-2020:  Luis Sahagun and jackie sumell
Press Release | Sahagun exhibition | sumell exhibition

2018-2019:  Qais Assali and Helina Metaferia
Press Release | Assali exhibition | Metaferia exhibition

2017-2018:  Alejandro T. Acierto and Karen Hampton
Press Release | Acierto exhibition | Hampton exhibition | Hampton award