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Visiting Artist Program


The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Program serves as a resource across all disciplines to explore critical issues in South Asia through the lens of art and design. The program welcomes applications from emerging and mid-career artists in South Asia to come to Harvard University to participate in interdisciplinary discourse with students and faculty on global issues relevant to South Asia.

Four artists will be selected each academic year for a two-month residency at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. While our visiting artists are on campus, The Mittal Institute will support events and exhibits organized in collaboration with specific departments and faculty that align with undergraduate course-content at Harvard. Each visiting artist will be required to have an open studio exhibition, where the artist will present a work in progress or completed project. Furthermore, the artist should be prepared to give an artist’s talk about their practice.

Each artist will receive a stipend to cover exhibit-related costs, cultural excursions in the New England area, living accommodation for the residency, and meals. The costs of each artist’s economy travel will be provided separately.


To apply, you must be a South Asian artist who works in any medium, and whose practice responds to the social and political developments of the region. Special consideration would be accorded to those artists, whose proposals directly relate to The Mittal Institutes’ ongoing research:

Your country of residence must be within South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka), with particular preference for artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka, as The Mittal Institute seeks to create unique opportunities to engage with artists from countries that have less representation at Harvard. All candidates must hold a valid passport and be able to apply for the necessary visa.

This opportunity is meant to recognize and showcase the artwork of up-and-coming artists who would greatly benefit from facilitated connections with Harvard faculty and students, while providing a venue to display their work. Candidates must be emerging and mid-career artists who have had limited opportunities to exhibit or work abroad. Although formal professional training at an accredited institution is not a requirement, artists with professional training will receive preference.


Deadline TBA for Academic Year 2018-2019.



This opportunity is made possible with the generous support from the Dean of the Division of Social Science’s Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund and the Mittal Institute Arts Council members.