The Roser Visiting Artist Program is committed to continuing to provide faculty with support to enrich student learning, in cooperation with CU Boulder's response to the evolving challenges posed by COVID-19. In response to COVID-19, our Roser Visiting Artist Grant will be adjusted to provide funding and support toward virtual prefessional artist residencies. 

The Roser Visiting Artist Endowment was established to enrich the lives and education of students on the Boulder campus at the University of Colorado in music, theatre and dance, fine arts and film studies, by funding visiting professional artists who have demonstrated a record of excellence and commitment to working with students. This enrichment and interaction will be fostered by the Artists' collaboration in the creative process with students and faculty. 

The grant provides virutal guest lectureships, workshops, performances, directorships, exhibitions, as well as other art-related programs which benefit students, faculty, and the community as a whole. 

Proposals will be awarded to support artistically excellent visitors who will have a broad impact on the students. Roser Visiting Artist Endowment grants will not support fundraising activities, deficit reduction, receptions, marketing or publicity expenses.


Virtual Roser Grant:

The Spring 2021- Fall 2021 Virtual Roser Grant is designed to support the continuation of artistic innovation, scholarship, and creation by funding professional artist for a virtual platform exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic.This award ranges from $1,500- $10,000 and will fund a limited number of award recipients toward these virtual learning experiences. Special consideration will be given to Virtual Roser Grants that further conversations, experiences, and explorations in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Current Roser recipients who have been postponed due to COVID-19 may be submitted for the (Spring 2021-Fall 2021) VR Grant. In these cases this extension will enhance the students and visiting artists' experience in a long term process that will begin with a virtual experience and then culminate in their visiting residency once permitted. We are excited to see how these durational exchanges can act as a through line and develop our relationships with our visiting artists. 


The Grant proposal deadline is Sunday February 28th and will be distributed for use the Spring 2021-Fall 2021 academic year. Final reports are to be submitted within two months of the project's completion. 


Important Reminders: 

All funded activities must take place during the 2021-2021 academic year. Please read the mission statement carefully to be sure your project is appropriate. Only CU Boulder faculty may apply on behalf of artists. Arts units may submit more than one proposal. VR Grant requests will range from $1,500 to $10,000. Please be very accurate in your budget. Please include letters of commitment if the project involves collaboration with another department. It is important for department heads and chairs to notify all faculty about the deadline for proposals. Please direct them to this website for further information and forms.

Delivery: Grant proposals should be completed online through our "Apply" page at or before 5:00 p.m. on the due date. 

Notification: Applicants can expect to hear results within 8 weeks after the application deadline, as the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment Committee will meet in December to assign awards.

Reporting: Award recipients will have to turn in a final report detailing the expenses of their virtual artist residency. These reports should be sent to Roser Fellow Nicky Shindler at within 2 months after the completion of the Roser funded project. All reports will be forwarded to the Roser grant committee for review.

Mini-grant proposals are accepted year-round and are awarded as funds are available on a rolling basis, with a maximum award amount of $1500.  No final report required. You can find the application on through our "Apply" page. 

All non-essential travel is currently suspended and campus travel guidelines for COVID-19 related issues must be followed. Proposals may include virtual guest artist visits; however, we strongly recommend that applicants only invite guests who have demonstrated their pedagogic impact in an online format. 

Mini-grant proposals should be e-mailed to: Erika Randall (, Chair of the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment Committee. Applicants can expect to hear results within 3-4 weeks after they apply.  


For more information or with inquiries about Roser Visiting Artist Endowment grants, please contact current Roser Fellow, Nicky Shindler, at