Arlington Arts Center Short-Term Residency

By Editorial Team on June 28, 2022

Deadline: Fri, 01 July 2022

Courtesy of Arlington Arts Center.

Studio Available: September 2022
Deadline to Submit: July 1 by 11:59 pm
Application Fee: FREE

Arlington Arts Center’s Resident Artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a community with other contemporary artists and alongside AAC’s critically acclaimed exhibitions and extensive educational programs. All studios have excellent sunlight, private work sinks, and high ceilings with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. Shared facilities include a lounge area, kitchen, and bathroom. All studios and shared facilities are wheelchair accessible.

At this time, AAC is seeking new residents for a short-term studio that will be available from September 2022 to May 2023. This 600 square foot studio is typically shared by two artists, with each paying $315 in rent. If an applicant is interested, AAC would consider leasing the space to a single artist who wishes to use the entire space and can cover the full monthly rent of $630. Please indicate your preference on the application form. Each resident also pays $30 per month for utilities. Please see the information about each opportunity below and reach out to with any questions.


  • Studio size: 600 square feet
  • Monthly Rent: $315/ month if shared between two artists, $630/ month if single artist
  • Utility fee: $30/ month
  • Studio amenities: Natural light, work sink, closet and cabinet storage, high ceilings
  • Building access: 24/7 access, 365 days a year
  • Building amenities: Shared kitchen and bathroom, elevator, and free parking lot
  • Public transit access: AAC is located across the street from the Virginia Square Metro Station, and is served by ART’s 41 & 42 bus lines.

*Studio rent will not be raised during the duration of the residency. A security deposit equal to one month’s rent is due when the lease is signed

Contemporary visual artists working in all media are welcome to apply. Artists may apply for a period of 3, 6 or 9 month and must commit to being in the area for the duration of their participation in the residency. Selection criteria will include artistic merit, potential for community engagement, and diversity of media and artistic representation within AAC’s residency program. Project proposals will be given special consideration. The program is not designed for commercial artists. International artists are welcome to apply, but please note that AAC cannot provide visas or housing nor can it sponsor international applicants. Artists who have participated in AAC’s long-term residency within the last five years may not apply

After an initial review by current resident artists and staff, AAC staff will conduct interviews with a final short list of candidates. AAC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community, including staff, resident artists, board members, instructors, students, and the general public. AAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by local and federal laws.

Each application will remain on file for one calendar year and may be used for future studio openings within that time frame. If you applied to the studio residency program within the past year and want to be considered for this opportunity, email with “Include My Residency Application in 2022 Review” in the subject line.

Each resident artist will meet the following conditions:

  • 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, timely payment of rent, and all health and safety regulations as recommended by the CDC related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents have been able to access their studios throughout the ongoing public health crisis, including during periods when AAC’s galleries have been closed to the public. As the pandemic is ongoing, artists in the residency are expected to remain flexible and comply with the masking policies that AAC adopts in accordance with CDC guidelines.


  1. CV/Resume (3 pages max; must be PDF or word document.)
  2.  References (3 professional or academic references with name, phone number, and email)
  3. Artist Statement (1 page max; must be PDF or word document)
  4. Work Sample Index (work must be made in the past 2 years)
    Please include Artist Name, Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions for each work. If submitting password-protected video or audio samples, please also include the relevant passwords in the Work Sample Index.
  5. Work Samples
    Artists may submit up to ten work samples. These work samples may be still images or video/ audio material. Artists are welcome to submit a combination of still images and recorded material if it makes sense for their practice but the maximum number of work samples that can be submitted is ten.
  6. Project Proposal (1 page max; must be PDF or word document)
    Please describe how you would use the short-term studio. Information about your materials and process are encouraged. If there is a particular exhibition or project that you would use the studio for, please describe in detail and include exhibition dates and venue information.

To submit still images:
Still images should be uploaded as .jpg files.

To submit recorded material (video or audio):
Recorded material can be submitted as links to this material online. Links should lead directly to the individual work on the artist’s website or on a video sharing platform (Vimeo, Youtube etc.) If recorded content is password protected, please include the password in the Work Sample Index.

Please email Amanda Jirón-Murphy at
Submit an application: