artist-in-residence program


The artist-in-residence program at Ballet Des Moines exists because we believe inspiration comes from both within our walls and outside of them. This innovative program provides an opportunity for local artists to be inspired, explore and create projects which we believe, will create inspiration to the artist, our ballet and our city.


Program Details

The artist-in-residence (AIR) is a six week program, consisting of four weeks to work on their personal project, a fifth week to hold a one-night exhibition, and the sixth week concluding with the Ballet’s production. In addition to a personal project, artists are asked to submit an idea for a community project. Activation of the project will be dependent on time and resources, to be determined between the AIR and Executive Director.

Artists will have workspace located within the Ballet Des Moines studio during their residency. This space is located within the upper costume and prop loft where the artist can observe the dancers’ practice space below. If additional time with the dancers is required/requested, access outside of dedicated studio practice is up to the artist/dancer to coordinate. 

The artist-in-residence has no specific hour requirements as part of the residency, other than the time it creates to produce their personal and community project. Weekly check-ins will be scheduled to help support the artist as needed.

The artist-in-residence will receive $500 for their time, which is also to be used for supplies. Work produced during the residency exists as shared, non-exclusive rights, so that the work and images can be used by Ballet Des Moines. Proceeds from work sold during the residency exhibit is split 50/50 between the artist and BDM.

While all types of artists will be considered for the residency, we do have to be mindful of studio space restrictions. However, we’re eager to explore all types of artists and artistry and find a solution that will work.


Application Process

The application process includes an artist’s statement, initial idea for a personal project as well as a community project. Three samples of artwork are required for submission along with a $25 application fee.


Residency Periods

Fall: September 10 – October 19

Application period: July 23 - August 20

Artist Announced: September 1

Winter: October 29 - December 7

Application period: TBD

Artist Announced: TBD

Spring: March 11 - April 20

Application period: January 14 - February 18

Artist Announced: March 1


For questions regarding the residency program, contact Ballet Des Moines. Email

A collection of one-of-a-kind dolls created by Winter 2017 Artist-in-Residence    Sierra Cavalier   .

A collection of one-of-a-kind dolls created by Winter 2017 Artist-in-Residence Sierra Cavalier.

The Raven and the Queen, created by Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence Amenda Tate Corso and her robot Manibus.

An image from the body of work Heirloom Anthology at the Ballet ,  created by    Christine Hilbert   , the Winter 2016 Artist-in-Residence.

An image from the body of work Heirloom Anthology at the Ballet, created by Christine Hilbert, the Winter 2016 Artist-in-Residence.

Untitled  by  Jami Milne , the Fall 2016 inaugural Artist-in-Residence

Untitled by Jami Milne, the Fall 2016 inaugural Artist-in-Residence