Deadline for entry is June 17, 5 p.m.

The Neon Museum announces a call for entries for its 2022 National Artist Residency. Now in its seventh year, The Neon Museum Artist Residency program is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection while providing a U.S.-based contemporary artist working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts the opportunity to create new work in an unconventional setting.


The residency includes a public program to engage the community and museum visitors while providing exposure to new artists and a fresh perspective on the collection. The Artist in Residence program is generously sponsored by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, National Endowment for the Arts, and Nevada Arts Council.


The successful entrant will be selected based on demonstrated artistic excellence, clarity of residency goals, quality and benefit of proposed public program, and ability to complete the project within the set schedule, including residing in Las Vegas for a six-week period between Dec. 5, 2022 – Feb. 24, 2023.


During the winning candidate’s tenure in Las Vegas, the local community will have opportunities to engage with the artist and his/her work. Public programming includes an educational workshop, an artist talk at the beginning of the residency to introduce them and their work to the community, and a studio open house to showcase the final project inspired by the museum collection at the end of the residency.


The Neon Museum will provide the selected candidate with:

  • $2,500 stipend
  • $4,000 materials budget
  • $1,000 travel allowance
  • Living accommodations for six weeks at Juhl, a high-rise condominium tower in downtown Las Vegas
  • A 1,000-square-foot studio space inside the museum’s 12,000-square-foot Ne10 Studio that is climate-controlled and has a ceiling height of 19 feet
  • Access to the museum’s sign collection and archives, marketing and publicity support, photographic documentation, and staffing to assist with administering the public programming.
  • Installation and gallery space for the artist to present a solo exhibition.


The selected artist will be introduced to Las Vegas in a visit preceding the residency. They will be welcomed by the museum’s residency team who will facilitate cultural explorations and information gathering in support of the residency project.


Upon completion of the residency, the museum requests the artist contribute a mutually agreed-upon piece of art to the museum’s collection.


Eligible artists must live in the United States and work in the field of visual arts (including two- and three-dimensional work as well as digital and video art), performance, or sound and be over the age of 18. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on June 17 and selection results will be announced on July 20.


Application instructions are online or email [email protected] for details.


A complete listing of the past six Neon Museum resident artists and their work is also at


Editor’s Note: high resolution photos of the past two AIR programs are available for download and publication with photo credit to The Neon Museum.



Founded in 1996, The Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. Fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), The Neon Museum has been ranked No. 1 in Las Vegas Weekly’s list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” Nevada’s “Best Museum” by MSN, No. 1 Pop Culture museum and one of the 10 Best Museums in Las Vegas by USA Today’s, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, The Neon Museum has an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard; the North Gallery, home to the immersive audiovisual experience “Brilliant! Jackpot” which uses technology to re-illuminate more than 40 non-operational signs; and its visitors’ center inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art in downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, and arts conservation represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. For more information, including tour schedules and tickets, visit Also follow @NeonMuseum on Facebook and Twitter and @theneonmuseumlasvegas on Instagram.