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All You Need to Know About Artist Residencies

All You Need to Know About Artist Residencies

Banff Centre Ceramic Studio's Kilns.

Valerie Atkisson / ArtBistro

5. Given that the review committees change form year to year, as does the pool of applicants, it is wise to reapply if you are not accepted and are truly interested in the residency program. The determination of what’s “quality” is based on the combined aesthetic of the review committee members, and is precisely the reason we work with committees as opposed to simply individuals. Additionally, your work may stand out amongst a certain pool of applicants, and not as much with others.

There are hundreds of residencies all over the world. No two are exactly alike. Internet searches for residencies will reveal many options to choose from. Some of the best known are listed below:

  • The MacDowell Colony

  • The Santa Fe Art Institute

  • The Vermont Studio Center

  • National Park Service

  • The Edward F. Albee Foundation

  • Wexner Center for the Arts

  • The Banff Centre


  • Artist and ArtBistro user Von Allen has this to say about her experience as a resident artist at Banff: "Banff is a residency experience like no other. Heavily subsidized by the Canadian Government, your experience there will include about 300 other innovators working in every field imaginable, from new media, mathematical research, writers, sound workshops, ballet and opera and aboriginal topics. You can go to Banff for a 10-week residency in the summer, or go for a fall or winter term, or for as long as two years.

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