Regional Emerging Artist Residency

Regional Emerging Artist Residency


October 17, 2016  (for January – July 2017)

Since 2000, the Artspace Regional Emerging Artist Residency has provided emerging visual artists time and space to explore their work in a supportive and thriving open studio environment in our historic building in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Spring 2016 Regional Emerging Artist Conner Calhoun, who focuses on appropriating imagery from the middle ages, works on a painting in his studio.

Current Prospectus

Current Regional Emerging Artists-in-Residence

Past Regional Emerging Artists-in-Residence

Every six months, Artspace selects two artists in their early professional careers to participate in the six-month residency. Resident artists receive 24-hour access to a private rent-free studio. The Residency concludes with a one-month solo exhibition at Artspace.

During the Residency, artists benefit from opportunities for professional development and collaboration with peers. Residents actively contribute to Artspace’s artistic and educational programming by participating in First Friday, being available for studio visits and tours, and working in their studios during Artspace’s business hours. Residents are also required to give a presentation, artist talk and/or demonstration to the public to coincide with their residency or exhibition.

Artspace strives to be fully accessible to artists with disabilities. Artpsace’s facilities are fully accessible and we encourage all artists to consider submitting for our residency opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns about the program’s accessibility please contact Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or


1. Artspace’s Emerging Artist Residencies are available to promising artists in their formative years committed to advancing their own work and professional careers.

2. Artists must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 18 years of age and must currently reside in the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia).

3. Artists working in most mediums will be considered, including experimental media; however, artists working with toxic materials, hazardous machinery, etc. will not be considered due to limitations within the building.

4. Artists must not be enrolled in an institutional program of study, including instructional museum programs, during the residency period. (Applicants may be in school during application process.)

5. Artists must be ready to enjoy working in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with the artist during public hours. Artists must work in the studio a minimum of 15 hours per week during public hours.


Please submit the following:

1. Ten digital photos of works completed within the past two years. 3-D/installation artists may submit up to twenty digital photos, documenting ten works in all. Photos of artwork must in jpeg format. RAW, TIFF, and other formats will not be accepted. Images may be submitted on one cd or sent digitally.  Contact, subject line: Regional Residency for digital submission instructions. Do not email images directly. Original digital artworks have no resolution/pixel requirements.

2. Match image file names to a hard copy list of the submitted images. Please list image #s, titles, media, physical sizes, and date completed.


(film, video, performance, or conceptual art)

Please submit the following:

1. One CD, DVD, or Vimeo link with a maximum total playing time of 10 minutes. CD/DVD must contain a minimum of three segments completed within the last two years. Label the CD/DVD and case with artist’s name, title of work(s), date completed, medium, full playing time.

Kelly Murray, Spring 2016 Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, creates the first few layers on a painting through a process inspired by the forms found in tree bark.



Please submit the following:

1. A resume (not to exceed 2 pages in length).

2. An artist’s statement or narrative about your work. Be sure to address how receiving the residency will impact your career (Not to exceed 1 page or 250 words).

3. Two to five letters of recommendation from recognized authorities or professionals in your discipline. The letters may be included in your packet, provided they are sealed/signed envelopes. Letters may also arrive separately.

4. A nonrefundable fee of $25. Make check or money order payable to Artspace. DO NOT SEND CASH.


Applications may be sent to:, subject line Regional Residency (preferred)


Mailed to:
Attn: Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs
Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs,, 919.821.2787