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The Scholars in Residence program is for emerging artists, writers and curators. This one to two-year residency as a teaching fellow is for post-graduate artists and scholars either in the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program or Blaffer Art Museum. This program provides experience and connections to launch artistic and academic careers to the next level. Calls are annual or bi-annual and are posted on the Human Resources careers page under “Faculty & Librarian Employment.” If available, it will be listed as “Scholar in Residence, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center.”  

2023-24 Season

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John Chae

John Chae (b. 1988, Boulder, Colorado) is an artist whose work investigates the hybridization and mutation that occurs as the result of immigration. He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020. He was a 2021 MacDowell Fellow and a Yaddo Fellow in 2022. His recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at D.D.D.D. Gallery and at March Gallery in NYC, Tap Gallery in Montreal, and a forthcoming solo exhibition at Institute 193 in Lexington, KY.

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Sam Wu

Sam Wu's music deals with the beauty in blurred boundaries. Many of his works center around extra-musical themes: architecture and urban planning, climate science, and the search for exoplanets that harbor life. Selected for the American Composers Orchestra's EarShot readings and the Tasmanian Symphony’s Australian Composers’ School, winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and First Prize at the Washington International Competition, Sam Wu also received Harvard's Robert Levin Prize and Juilliard's Palmer Dixon Prize.

Sam’s collaborations span five continents, most notably with the orchestras of Philadelphia, New Jersey, Minnesota, Sarasota, Melbourne, Tasmania, and Shanghai, the New York City Ballet, The Kennedy Center, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Sydney International Piano Competition, the Lontano, Parker, Argus, ETHEL, and icarus Quartets, conductors Osmo Vänskä, Case Scaglione, and Benjamin Northey, violinist Johan Dalene, and sheng virtuoso Wu Wei. Sam has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, Business Insider, Harvard Crimson, Sydney Morning Herald, Asahi Shimbun, People's Daily, CCTV, among others.

From Melbourne, Australia, Sam (b. 1995) holds an AB in Music and East Asian Studies from Harvard University, a MM in Composition from The Juilliard School, and pursues his DMA in Composition at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. His teachers include Tan Dun, Anthony Brandt, Pierre Jalbert, Chaya Czernowin, and Richard Beaudoin.

Past Scholars in Residence

  • 2023-23 Season

    Josie Mitchell, Creative Writing Program

    Key’Aira Lockett, School of Theatre and Dance