CAST Distinguished Visiting Artists

2016-18 CAST Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist Maya Beiser, Stillness Moves performance as part of MIT Sounding, December 1-2, 2017. Photo by L Barry Hetherington.
2018-21 Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Matthew Ritchie's The Invisible College. The film premiered April 6, 2021 as part of the symposium Unfolding Intelligence: The Art and Science of Contemporary Computation.
2022 MIT CAST Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist Iva Bittová performs with EVIYAN during Exploring Improsition concert at MIT, 2016. Credit: L. Barry Hetherington.

CAST Distinguished Visiting Artists

Eligibility, Process, and Selection Information

Questions? Contact

Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of CAST and Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music
Leila W. Kinney, Executive Director of Arts Initiatives and CAST

The Distinguished Visiting Artist residency program is designed to support artists who have pre-existing collaborations with MIT faculty, departments, labs, or centers that would benefit from further development and longer duration. With an appointment at the Institute for an academic year, and the possibility of renewal once, the artist recipients have the opportunity and time to pursue sustained, in-depth research and development, and to shape substantial creative projects in collaboration with MIT faculty, students, and researchers.

CAST appoints two Distinguished Visiting Artists, typically every other year:

The Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Program is open to creators from across the disciplines of art, architecture, and design.
The Koerner Distinguished Visiting Artist Program is open to creators from any performing arts discipline.

Nominations for Distinguished Visiting Artist Appointments are open.

Previously appointed CAST Distinguished Visiting Artists

Open Collectives, an immersive installation featuring digital platforms and architectural projects, exhibited at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Birdseye view of a participant engaged in the Invisible College VR experience while standing on the Sol LeWitt floor at MIT.






Cover of a booklet with an image of a man working with a large complex device.