March 9,2023 - July 15,2023
Shanghai, China

Organizer: USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Co-Organizer: MANA - Global new media art platform/ Aria Art Gallery

Location: Shanghai, China

Residencies: NOV 01st, 2023- DEC 15th, 2023



Application Deadline: July 15th2023


The open call for the 2023 ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM of the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative (ICCI) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University will mainly focus on the international group of artists who create and practice art based on comprehensive media materials. In a technocracy, cultural integration, and the rapid development of cross-media practices, contemporary art has developed its tentacles to a broader dimension by relying on the new era context. It is an opportunity to allow the public to observe the greater possibilities behind this contemporary landscape in the artistic practices that take place in the physical space: a new spatial landscape constructed by physical and virtual spaces, new thinking on the modern human landscape based on the "human scale"; And, as we immerse ourselves in and take for granted the new world brought about by technological development, how will we "carelessly" accept the arrival of new technologies and get and examine the public landscape shaped by them?

With an open perspective and cross-media practice as the starting point, the ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM encourages artists to combine personal experience and visual culture around the multiple concepts brought by integrated media art creation and bring new languages and narratives into the design of artists' different media, to reflect and spawn a series of imaginations and discussions involving viewing and interactive experience, media ethics and media language.

 The USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative (ICCI) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University is openly recruiting five international artists and scholars to participate in the ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM  from November 1 to December 15, 2023. Selected visiting artists (scholars) will hold exhibitions at the Art Museums in downtown Shanghai, the Virtual Space, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University History Museum.



a. Engage in China art community and collaboration with local artists.

b. Get acquainted with top Chinese artists and be introduced to Chinese culture.

c. Organized visits to contemporary galleries and art exhibitions in Shanghai.

d. Presentation of your creative practice at the 2023 International Conference on Global Cultural and Creative Industries.

e. Presentation of your profile and artwork in ICCI’s customized online virtual Spaces, the ICCI ART VALLEY official website, and other official media channels.

f. Permanent exhibition of your donated works at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (a leading university in China)

g. Promotion and media coverage of your art practice in China.

h. 1 or 2 student assistants to assist with lectures, exhibition preparation, and other related matters.

i. Participate in the digital curation program with ICCI’s Professor.


International artists are expected to  

I. Academic scholar background in higher education, i.e., institute/ university/ academy of art.

II. Long-term artistic creation, with different art genre practices or cultural backgrounds, this program will give priority to the integration of media art practice, digital art, and other forms of integrated media art practice for artists;

III. Deliver 1-2 public lectures, workshops and other activities according to the contract. Please provide a BRIEF introduction of your ideas for conducting public programs during the residency in your application.

IV. Public speech skills and fluent ENGLISH speaking.

V. Bring at least 5 completed works to Shanghai for the exhibitions.

VI. Donate 2 existing artworks to SJTU for the permanent exhibition. Provide a donation list with at least 5 artworks for SJTU Committee to choose 2 artworks.



The whole program package will be at least RMB 10,000 Lecture/ workshop/ material allowance according to your background and experience., in addition, we’ll provide reimbursement with the following conditions:

a. Round-trip air ticket from the departure city to Shanghai.

b. Hotel or apartment accommodation nearby the SJTU campus.

c. Group exhibition in a city center Shanghai gallery and Shanghai Jiao Tong University History Museum.



a. Visiting scholars are advised to arrange their own travel insurance as needed.


How to Apply

For Artists who are interested, please reply with your CV (include portrait/ statement/ bio/ education/ art career or art practice experience/ work plan in residency/ Representative Works/ donation works) that illustrate your teaching experience in higher education institute, academic scholar practice and principle, as well as exhibition experience and collection records of your artwork. Please send high-resolution images of life and your works to: title: Apply for Visiting Art Scholar + Your Name).


Collaboration and a sponsorship

We welcome the collaborations and sponsorship of universities/ colleges/ art units/ brands worldwide. If you are interested in the program, please send us an email to:



The owner of the ART VALLEY PROGRAM, the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) was founded in 2015 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and is an internationally-oriented school within SJTU.

ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM has become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Shanghai’s professional art educational programs, providing art scholars with the opportunities to exchange and collaborate with art experts and build close relationships within the art education community in Shanghai. The scholars selected for this program can be at all career stages. Accordingly, the artwork can be in all styles and types, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, interdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and architecture. ART VALLEY is a consistently rising program focused on three essential missions: 1, academic art education and research program with Lecture and speeches from art scholars; 2, conversation and collaboration between the artist with diverse cultural backgrounds around the world; 3, cooperation and exchange with art business in China’s art marketplace. Since 2015, ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM has welcomed 100+ scholars and fellows worldwide for their accomplishments with the inspiration of their education practice and the development of their education principle.

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