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Are you an artist who feels strongly about the power of art in the community? Would you like to help make art and the art-making process accessible and fun? We are now recruiting for next year’s Artist-in-Residence!

To apply to be an Appleton Public Library Artist-in-Residence, please fill out this Google form. Submission period will remain active until October 30. 


We support and celebrate local art and artists through our Artist-in-Residence program. Our Artist-in-Residence program began in 2015. Since then, we have hosted over 30 artists from all different backgrounds. Each residency lasts approximately three consecutive months. Artists receive an honorarium and can expect us to help promote their residency. Typically, a residency includes providing workshops and displaying art in our gallery. We may entertain the possibility of hosting artists who prefer to only do one or the other. Our Artist-in-Residence curators, Melanie Thurber, Ally Wilber and Stephanie Harvey select artists. Check out their bios below. Please email Melanie Thurber ( with ideas and questions about our Artist-in-Residence program. We look forward to hearing from you!

Artist-in-Residence Curators:

Melanie Thurber is a long-time art admirer and local art and music groupie. She's dedicated to connecting the community to the incredible talents of our local artists. Luckily, that is also her job as the Adult Services Librarian at the library. Whether burgeoning or veteran artists, she hopes to provide a diverse and dynamic group that will engage, inform and inspire.



Ally Wilber is a visual artist and arts advocate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and English from Ripon College. She is the Curator of Public Programs for the Museum of Wisconsin Art. In addition, she's the Executive Director for the artist nonprofit, Wisconsin Visual Artists. Ally is passionate about providing support and opportunities for artists throughout the state, as well as integrating the arts into community growth.



Stephanie Harvey is a Wisconsin born visual artist with a passion for promoting the arts. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is the Staff Creative at McFleshman's Brewing Co. where she creates print/digital content and beer label design for distribution across Wisconsin. Stephanie is an advocate for public art and creates opportunities for local artists by connecting them with each other, supporters and jobs.