Birds Sing – St. Francis Dances
“Birds Sing – St. Francis Dances”
Nalini Jayasuriya, 2004
27” x 21” Mixed Media on cloth, frame



Integral to our mission of amplifying the voices of the world Christian movement, each year the executive director invites one artist in residence to participate in OMSC’s residential study program for a full academic year (September-May).

While all former OMSC artists in residence have worked in visual media, we are expanding this program to include majority world [1] artists who work in painting, photography, film, architecture, sculpture, literature, music, or dance. While pursuing their work, the artist in residence participates in OMSC programs and seminary community life. Our staff works with the artist in residence to schedule opportunities for them to share their work in exhibitions, readings, or performances and at our Annual Gala in the Spring.

What does OMSC@PTS provide the Artist in Residence?

  1. Round-trip economy airfare and ground transportation to and from Princeton
  2. A fully-furnished one bedroom apartment with utilities (heating/air conditioning, WiFi included; cell phone and laundry not included)
  3. Modest monthly stipend
  4. Cost of medical insurance as required by J–1 Visa SEVIS Program
  5. Studio space
  6. Modest travel budget to visit museums and galleries in New York and Philadelphia
  7. Modest allowance for supplies, equipment, and books

What commitments does the Artist in Residence make to OMSC@PTS?

  1. The artist in residence agrees to actively participate in the intellectual and spiritual life of OMSC and the seminary community.
  2. The artist in residence commits to sharing their work with the seminary community and other constituencies.
  3. The artist in residence allows us to share their work to promote the artist in residence program.

[1] Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania.
[2] Currently, the total award is not to exceed $25,000 for the nine-month academic year.

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