Calls for Artist Residencies

Artspace strives to be fully accessible to artists with disabilities. Artspace’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 alee@artspacenc.org.

Residencies

Call for HBCU Artist in Residence

HBCU Artist in Residence

Deadline: November 14

Residency will begin in January 2023

Built from the successful model established through the Artspace North Carolina Emerging Artist in Residence program, now in its 22nd year, this year-long residency focuses on recent graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) in North Carolina. Upon graduation students often lose resources, equipment, colleagues, and mentors. This HBCU Alumni Residency seeks to remedy those issues by extending the learning process and broadening the experience for recent graduates to build their career as a visual artist. There are more 4-year HBCUs in North Carolina than anywhere else in the country, and the Artspace HBCU Alumni Residency aims to highlight and support the many talented artists graduating from these culturally rich institutions. 

This career-stimulus residency for an emerging artist includes a private, rent-free studio at Artspace in the heart of downtown Raleigh for one year with 24-hour access within a collaborative environment with 30+ other professional artists and art administrators. The residency begins January 2023.

This opportunity includes: 

  • Time and space in a public facing studio with natural light and a private sink to explore ideas and practices
  • A monthly stipend of $200 
  • At least one formal networking opportunity during the residency
  • Community engagements through intentional programming, including speaking and teaching opportunities with our studio artists, meetings and community conversations, artist talks, and critiques
  • Continued support through consultations with our knowledgeable staff, promotions on our social media channels and website, and a weekly e-news with calls for artists and other listings
  • A professionally installed solo exhibition at Artspace and/or a partnering HBCU campus, where current students can have access to and connect with the residency program. 

Eligibility

1. Artspace’s HBCU Artist Residency is available to promising artists committed to advancing their own work and professional careers.

2. Artists must have graduated from a North Carolina HBCU within the last five years and must currently reside in NC. If there is an HBCU alumni artist that has graduated beyond the five year limit, we encourage that artist to look into our NC Emerging Artist Residency, which does not have a graduation limitation.

3. Artists working in most media 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 artistic program of study, including instructional museum programs, during the residency period. (Applicants may be in school during the application process.)

5. Artists must be ready to enjoy working in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with artists.

6. Artists must work in the studio a minimum of 25 hours per week and plan to attend most if not all First Friday events during the year.

7. During the course of the residency the studio must serve as the resident’s primary work space.

Accessibility

Studios, galleries and all public areas are wheelchair accessible. If you have an accessibility need, please let us know in the application. Questions? Contact Oami Powers, Programs + Accessibility Coordinator at 919.821.2787 or opowers@artspacenc.org.

Required Documentation

  • Resume
  • Artist statement
  • Statement of interest addressing the following questions:
    • How would this residency help you to achieve your professional goals?
    • How do you plan to use your time at Artspace?
    • What if any accommodations and or tools will you need for success?
  • 10 images
  • Image list
  • Two letters of recommendation

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We believe that access to the arts is a right; one which has the power to create positive change in communities. Through education and engagement for people of all ages and abilities, community outreach and engagement, accessible studio space, and art exhibitions, Artspace works to remove the barriers that prejudice and privilege have created so that everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture.

Questions? Contact Annah Lee, Creative Director, alee@artspacenc.org or (919) 821-2787.

Clarence Heyward, 2021 Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, The Emperor’s New Clothes, detail

NC Emerging Artist in Residence

We are not currently accepting applications at this time.

Since 2000, Artspace has provided emerging visual artists with time and space to explore their work in a supportive and thriving open studio environment in our historic building at the heart of downtown Raleigh. 

Every year, Artspace selects up to two artists in an emerging stage of their professional careers to participate in the year-long residency. Resident artists receive 24-hour access to a private rent-free studio and a one-month exhibition at Artspace to be held up to one year after the close of the residency. 

During their time at Artspace, artists benefit from opportunities for professional development and collaboration with peers including access to our community of 30+ professional artists and staff of arts administrators. Residents actively contribute to Artspace’s artistic and educational programming by participating in our city-wide monthly First Friday art walk, studio visits and tours, and paid teaching opportunities. Residents are also required to give a presentation, artist talk and/or demonstration to the public to coincide with their residency or exhibition.

Eligibility

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

2. Artists must be over 18 years of age and must currently reside in NC.

3. Artists working in most media 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.)

5. Artists must be ready to enjoy working in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with artists. 

6. Artists must work in the studio a minimum of 25 hours per week and plan to attend most if not all First Friday events during the year. 

7. During the course of the residency the studio must serve as the resident’s primary work space.

Accessibility

Studios, galleries and all public areas are wheelchair accessible. If you have an accessibility need, please let us know in the application. Questions? Contact Oami Powers, Programs + Accessibility Coordinator at 919.821.2787 or opowers@artspacenc.org.

Required Documentation

  • resume
  • artist statement
  • 10 images
  • image list
  • two letters of recommendation
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $25.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We believe that access to the arts is a right; one which has the power to create positive change in communities. Through education and engagement for people of all ages and abilities, community outreach and engagement, accessible studio space, and art exhibitions, Artspace works to remove the barriers that prejudice and privilege have created so that everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture.

Questions? Contact Annah Lee, Creative Director, alee@artspacenc.org or (919) 821-2787.

Nicole Simpkins, 2019 Summer Artist in Residence, detail of Giving What Takes exhibition at Artspace

Summer Artist in Residence

We are not currently accepting applications at this time.

The Summer Artist Residency at Artspace provides an artist with a month-long studio opportunity and $2,000 stipend (paid at the end of the residency) to work on a project of his/her choice and to interact with the public and the artist community. It is also an opportunity for an artist to exhibit the work s/he creates immediately following the residency. During the residency period, the artist teaches two classes or workshops in conjunction with the Artspace Summer Arts Program (ASAP), and presents a general lecture or demonstration about his/her own work or a related topic.

Questions? Contact Annah Lee, Creative Director, alee@artspacenc.org or (919) 821-2787.

Katie Shaw, 2019 Universal Access Artist in Residence, Cleft, detail 

Universal Access Artist in Residence

We are not currently accepting applications at this time.

Initiated in 2020, the Universal Access Artist Residency is for artists who identify as having a disability. During this 4-6 week residency, residents have 24-hour access to a private, rent-free studio. The residency includes a one-month exhibition at Artspace.

Residents can actively contribute to Artspace’s artistic and educational programming by participating in First Friday, 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.

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.

Questions? Contact Annah Lee, Creative Director, alee@artspacenc.org or (919) 821-2787.

Casey McGuire, 2019 Pop In Artist in Residence, detail of Dream Home exhibition at Artspace

Pop In Artist in Residence

We are not currently accepting applications at this time.

The Pop In residency program at Artspace provides an artist with a month-long studio opportunity to work on a project of their choice and to interact with the public and the artist community. It is also an opportunity for the artist to exhibit the work they create immediately following the residency. During the residency period, the artist must engage with the Raleigh community through a collaborative project. Teaching opportunities are also available.

Participating 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.

Questions? Contact Annah Lee, Creative Director, alee@artspacenc.org or (919) 821-2787.