The Neon Museum is now accepting submissions for the 2021 National Artist Residency (AIR.)  Now in its sixth year, The Neon Museum National Artist Residency (AIR) is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection. The selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, will have the opportunity to develop a project inspired by The Neon Museum collection. Engagement with the community is an important residency component through a workshop or specific engagement project. A virtual artist talk is scheduled at the beginning of the residency and a studio open house at the residency conclusion.

The 2021 residency program will span six weeks from Monday, October 25 through Sunday, December 5, 2021. The first two weeks will be conducted virtually and the final four weeks completed on location in Las Vegas. U.S.-based artists over the age of 18 are eligible to apply.

The following is provided to artists accepted for participation in the Museum's National AIR Program:

  • Honorarium - $2,500
  • Travel - $800
  • Self-contained apartment and studio space in downtown Las Vegas
  • Materials - up to $3,000
  • Access to onsite collection and archives
  • Curatorial support as needed
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Documentation

The Neon Museum isn't able to provide neon-bending facilities and neon production is not a prerequisite of the residency project. However, if a resident artist is interested in producing neon work, a list of local neon fabricators will be provided.

The Neon Museum requires the artist contribute a mutually agreed upon artwork to the Museum collection at the completion of the residency.

Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday July 11, 2021.

If any special provisions are required or for any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Note that staff may not be able to respond to your inquiry immediately, especially if submitted during the evening or over the weekend, so please plan accordingly as the submission deadline is firm and will not be waived.

The Neon Museum acknowledges the generous support of Juhl Las Vegas.

Submit here.

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