The three central components of the Institute are UNT on the Square, the IAA Faculty Fellows program and the IAA Artist-in-Residence program.

UNT on the Square (UNTSQ) is an arts and meeting space located in downtown Denton Texas. It serves as the office for IAA and is an outreach venue for public exhibitions as well as performing arts, media, and literary events, most of them free of charge to the public. Programs typically have a UNT connection (work by faculty, students, alumni, or sponsorship of a UNT entity). UNTSQ also serves as a location for exhibitions and programs related to the IAA Faculty Fellows and Artist in Residence programs. As a community resource, UNTSQ is fast becoming known as visitor destination on the historic downtown square.

The IAA Faculty Fellows program provides UNT (Denton campus) Faculty Fellows with 100% reassignment for one semester to accomplish and present creative research projects. Participants are selected through an annual application process open to all UNT (Denton campus) full time faculty in the visual, performing and creative literary arts. The list of current and emeritus IAA fellows offers examples of projects completed or underway through this initiative. Fellow’s activities often involve collaborations with outside artist and entities, resulting in creative works or initiatives that garner national attention and further raise the profile of the arts at UNT.

IAA Artist in Residence program engages artists of international stature and achievement and brings them into the campus environment to provide UNT faculty and students (as well as the community) opportunities to interact with and learn from some of the most accomplished professionals in their fields. During their stays, artist in residence pursue their own creative work and also interact with students, faculty and the community with programs, classes, master classes, and performances appropriate to their fields of endeavor and interests.

Writer and film maker Guillermo Arriaga was the inaugural IAA Artist in Residence and was followed by composer Jake Heggie for the 2010-2011 academic year. Chicago based visual artist Nick Cave served as Artist in Residence for the 2011-12 academic year, Kiki Smith is our current AIR.