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Arlington Arts Center – Residency Application

  • Looking for new studio space to take your practice to the next level? Arlington Arts Center has two new opportunities available for artists with both short and long-term studio needs.


    1) AAC is looking for one new long-term resident artist to participate in our community of artists. We have one private, light-filled studio available. Get access to 280 square feet of space to create; exhibit in our Wyatt Gallery; and take part in a vibrant group of artists. More info and application below. Artists must commit to a two-year contract and can renew in order to keep the studio for up to six years. $368 per month (including utilities).


    2) AAC will also be creating a new opportunity for artists with short-term studio needs. We will be leasing our 600 square foot studio for terms ranging from two weeks to three months. This space is flooded with natural light and complete with cathedral ceilings. Great for artists that are producing large works or have short-term needs for upcoming projects and exhibitions. Rates start at $600/month. For more info, just email us (do not apply below): [email protected]

  • Long-term (up to 6 years) & Private Studio Space:

    Available: April 1, 2015

    Deadline to submit: February 27, 2015

    Notification Date: March 16, 2013

    Goals and Objectives:

    The primary goal of the Artist Residency Program is to provide a space in which artists can work and grow, and to bring them together with the community in an environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. Selection criteria will include artistic merit, potential for collaborative outreach approach to art and to the community, and diversity of artist representation.

    Every emerging, professional artist in the Washington DC area is eligible to apply for a two-year residency in one of our subsidized studios. Artists can only renew twice, limiting the total residency to six years. We do this so that as many local artists as possible can benefit from this program.

    All studios have excellent sunlight, work sinks, and high ceilings with 365 day, 24-hour access. There is a lounge area, kitchen, and a shower.

    Artists are not required to keep studio doors open; instead, they open their studios to the public 5 times each year, in conjunction with opening receptions. Every artist has a solo or two-person exhibition every other year in AAC’s Wyatt Resident Artist Gallery.

    Private Studio

    • Approximately 280 square feet.
    • Available for two-year lease, with second and third two-year period renewal upon approval.
    • Studio rent is currently $368 per month (including utilities).
    • Artists must pay security deposit of one month’s rent. No interest accrues on the deposit.

    Program Parameters

    All qualified professional artists are eligible to apply. The program is not designed for commercial artists.

    Each resident artist will meet the following conditions:

    • Artists must be AAC members in good standing.
    • Artists must use the studio a minimum average of 60 hours per month. The studio may only be used for art-making activities.
    • Artists are responsible for maintaining the studio in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and will not make alterations to the space without permission. Artists must leave the studio in the state in which the studio was found and remove all belongings at the end of the residency.
    • Artists are responsible for acquisition and care of their materials and equipment, and for any insurance on their work or equipment.
    • Artists must observe all AAC rules, including security regulations, use of studio, cooperation with staff and other artists, and timely payment of rent. Note: a late fee of $25 will be assessed for late payment of rent beyond a 5-day grace period.
    • Each artist must be available to the public at specified periods throughout the residency in order to fulfill AAC required community outreach participation. This will include: up to four open studio days annually, participation in Studio Artists’ programs and exhibitions, and two mutually agreed upon outreach services.
    • Artists are required to supervise the gallery for four hours each month.
    • Artists will submit a report detailing evidence of artistic growth and participation in professional and community service activities at the completion of each two year lease period. Lease renewals will be determined from this report.

    Selection Process

    Applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and art professionals. Each application will remain on file for one calendar year and may be used for future studio openings within that timeframe. Incomplete applications or those with unpaid application fees will not be considered, and will be automatically disqualified. Completed applications with all required attachments must be submitted online. No mailed or emailed applications will be accepted. If you applied to the studio residency program within the past year and want to be considered for this opportunity, email [email protected] with “Include My Residency Application in Winter 2015 Review” in the subject line.


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