Call to Artists 

Applications are now being collected for 2023 and 2024 Artist in Residence Program dates.

About the Residency

The MSU-Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Artist-In-Residence Program is a partnership with the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University Department of Art, and the Friends of the Noxubee Refuge with support from the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Located at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, the Artist-In-Residence Program offers professional writers, composers, and visual artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the Refuge's inspiring landscape and wildlife.

As father of the Federal Duck Stamp Program, founder of the National Wildlife Federation “Ding” Darling and his artwork laid the groundwork for the systems of today’s National Wildlife Refuges. Today, painters, writers, sculptors, musicians, composers, and performing artists continue to be inspired by and document our national landscapes with contemporary approaches and techniques. Artists are needed to translate the national wildlife refuges' purpose, as a place where wildlife comes first, into images and other forms of art that bring enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the refuges.


Selected artists stay in Refuge bunk-style housing for two- to four-weeks during which they perform their research, participate in the daily and seasonal activities of park rangers, such as monitoring wildlife, and hold two public outreach programs. 

Public Programs: Artists are required to plan and host two programs open to the public (approx. 45-min each). Programming may include a combination of presentations, demonstrations, workshops, exploratory walks, performances, or meet and greets. Outreach interaction can be tailored to an individual artist's medium, interest, and experience and uses only a few hours of one’s stay. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. Following their appointment as Artist-In-Residence, artists are encouraged to give additional public presentations in their home communities about their residency experiences. 

Artwork Donations: Selected artists participating in the Artist-In-Residence Program are asked to donate to the Refuge an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency in Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. This piece will serve to promote and celebrate the refuge and its wildlife. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist's residency.

Artists are required to provide the copyright for this artwork to the Fish and Wildlife Service and Mississippi State University. The Fish and Wildlife Service and Mississippi State University will not allow the commercial use of any donated artwork once accessioned into the program's collection. Artwork may be used in exhibits and for educational purposes by Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University, or Friends of Noxubee Refuge nonprofit cooperating association for their products.

1. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art.
2. The Fish and Wildlife Service owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork for his or her purposes. When artists reproduce artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: "This work was produced under the Mississippi State University-Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Artist in Residence program”

These creative works will be exhibited as frequently as possible and shared with the public through other appropriate means. Donated pieces not used for long-term use within the program's collection will be displayed and may be available for purchase at Friends of Noxubee Refuge gift shop. All proceeds from these sales will be used for continued support of the Artist in Residence program.

How to Apply
Applications for the program are accepted throughout the year. Applicants submit digital files of recent work, a statement of purpose with proposal of research, and digital CV or resume of artistic and/or professional experiences. Applicants must indicate in their proposal the two- to four- week period they wish to perform their residency. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications at least 5 months prior to the preferred start date of their residence. 

The Selection Process: A panel consisting of staff from Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR, Mississippi State University Department of Art, and Friends of Noxubee Refuge will review applications. Selection is based on artistic merit, the statement of purpose, appropriateness to a national wildlife refuge residency, and availability of housing during the proposed time period provided by the artist.

For questions please contact the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Manager at 662-323-5548.

To learn more about the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge visit

To learn more about the MSU Department of Art visit

For Current Covid Policies please visit the Mississippi State Department of Health website.

Past Artists in Residence:

Watch past Artist in Residence Gillian Furniss talk to MSU Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt about her time at the Refuge.

To be eligible to receive transfer credit you must:

1. Attach a PDF document that includes syllabi or catalog descriptions for each of the courses that you wish to transfer

2. Upload high quality images of the work that was created in each course, you must have a minimum of 75% of the coursework from each course. 

3. Label your art work files according to this example: lastname_course_piece#.jpg, ex. jones_painting_piece3.jpg

Images in your transfer portfolio should show your artwork in the best possible light. Photograph your artwork on a neutral background under even light - no dark shadows or extreme highlights. Images should be a minimum file size of 72dpi.

To receive transfer credit each class must be approved by the coordinator of the area in which the course falls under: Foundations, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Graphic Design, or Art History. If the transfer credit is not approved, the student must enroll in the MSU Art course in order to receive required credits.

To view MSU student work from each course click here:

As part of the Articulation Agreement between Mississippi Junior and  Community Colleges and the state’s four-year universities, the following  courses will automatically transfer.  A grade of “C” or better is  required in each course in order for it to be accepted by the Department  of Art:

  • ART 1213 Drawing I
  • ART 1223 Drawing II
  • ART 1123 Design I (2-D)
  • ART 1133 Design II (Color)
  • ART 1013 Art History I
  • ART 1023 Art History II
  • ART 1153 3D Design.

A Foundations Professor or Academic Records Assistant may advise the student to retake one or more courses, if doing so will improve the student’s technique and/or skill level, and increase their chances of a successful Concentration Portfolio Review.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process please contact:

Audra Gines 

Academic Records Assistant


Mississippi State University Department of Art