ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
This list includes three distinct types of residency
programs. Artist in Residence (AIR) programs are hosted by
an institution such as a college, national park, or museum. These
programs usually run for long periods of time (a year or a semester),
usually host only one artist at a time, often pay an honorarium, and
often expect the artist to interact with the public by offering a
class, or presenting in some other fashion (which can even include
allowing the public to watch you work in your open studio).
Artist colonies exist to allow artists time
to work without distractions. Most are located in rural areas, and
there is no public interaction (most have rules prohibiting anyone
from interrupting artists in their studios between 9:00 and 5:00).
A few can offer a modest stipend, and some request payment (usually
partial payment of actual expenses), but many allow artists simply
to come for free. Artist colonies usually have a number of artists
in residence at any one time (from four to twenty), and a sense of
community builds as residents share dinners and breakfasts together.
Artist colonies host artists for lengths of time ranging from two
weeks to three months, but most last approximately one month.
Both AIR Programs and artist colonies request work
samples, references, and an essay describing your work plan while
in residence, and both are competitive, with panels evaluating applications.
A third category of retreat programs
are not competitive and require no work samples or elaborate applications.
These retreats serve artists on a first-come, first-served basis for
a fee. These programs tend to last for shorter amounts of time, such
as a week or two.
are divided in the United States by region, then listed by state.
International Programs are listed by country. (If a state or country
are not listed, I know of no residency programs there.) Each listing
includes the types of artists supported in parentheses at the end of
each paragraph description (if known), for easier scanning. Types
of artists are divided into four groups: literary, visual, performing,
and media arts.
If you know of any changes or additions, please contact Kim
Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org. This
list last updated September 2012.
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DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA
SOUTH: AR, FL, GA, LA, MS
LAKES: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
MOUNTAINS: CO, MT, WY
IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD
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THE REST OF NORTH
AND SOUTH AMERICA
THE BRITISH ISLES
THE REST OF EUROPE
ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA
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