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Universal Access Artist Residency

Universal Access Artist Residency

Deadline extended: March 27, 2020

In 2020, Artspace will select one artist who identifies as having a disability to participate in a 4-6 week residency. Resident artists receive 24-hour access to a private, rent-free studio. The Residency concludes with a one-month solo exhibition at Artspace. Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs will work with the resident to plan and execute the exhibition.
During the Residency, artists can benefit from opportunities for professional development and collaboration with peers. The Artspace Universal Access Residency has a relationship with Arts Access to further their development; as artists with disabilities often encounter additional accessibility obstacles other than the common financial burden.
Residents can actively contribute to Artspace’s artistic and educational programming by participating in First Friday, the City of Raleigh’s monthly art walk; being available for studio visits and tours; and working in their studios during Artspace’s business hours. While this contribution is encouraged, the main goal of this residency is to provide the resident with the space and opportunity to devote themselves to their creative practice.


Katie Shaw, 2019 Universal Access Artist in Residence

Katie Shaw, 2019 Universal Access Artist in Residence



  1. Artspace’s Universal Access Residency is available to promising artists with any level of disability committed to advancing their own work and professional careers.
  2. Artists must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 18 years of age.
  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 the application process.)

All Applications

Please submit the following in your preferred format:

  1. Professional Resume. 2 pages or less. File titled Lastname-Firstname_Resume
  2. Artist Statement. Please address how receiving the residency will impact your career (not to exceed 1 page or 250 words). File titled Lastname-Firstname_Statement
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation. Files titled Lastname-Firstname_Letter#
  4. Images/Videos. See below for image details.
  5. Image List. An annotated image list accompanying digital images/videos with title of work, media, size, and year completed. File titled Lastname-Firstname_List


Video submissions should adhere to the following criteria:

  1. 5-minute maximum.
  2. A minimum of 3 videos (can be segments of longer works) completed within the last 2 years.
  3. MPEG-4, AVI, or MOV file formats only.
  4. All videos must be saved using a file name and number that corresponds to the annotated image list.
  5. Files titled Lastname-Firstname_Video#


Images submitted should adhere to the following criteria:

  1. 10 digital images of works completed within the past 2 years. 3-D/installation artists may submit up to 20 digital photos, documenting 10 works in all.
  2. Images must be in JPEG format. 300dpi maximum, 1600 pixels on longest side.
  3. All images must be saved using a file name and number that corresponds to the annotated image list.
  4. Files titled Lastname-Firstname_Image#


Email your files to Brett Morris, Program Coordinator, at bmorris@artspacenc.org, subject line “Universal Access Residency”


For questions on the application requirements, contact Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs, alee@artspacenc.org, 919.821.2787

For questions or information regarding Artspace’s accessibility and/or accommodations, please contact Megan Sullivan, Operations & Finance Manager msullivan@artspacenc.org 919.821.2787