National Artist in Residency Programs

The United States is a geographically enormous place that is rich with a diversity of culture.  Here we present a small but growing list of notable AIR Programs to consider.  Please note that all quotations below are taken directly from the websites being featured.  For more information on any of the programs listed please click on the attached website URL’s.


“From its earliest days, the Exploratorium has attracted a variety of artists who are interested in collaborating with us. In the early 1970s, Bob Miller was one of them. Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer was delighted by Bob’s experiments with light and shadow, one of which eventually became Sun Painting, the first artwork commissioned by the Exploratorium. Sun Painting breaks sunlight into its component colors and uses mirrors to mix them, accomplishing the difficult task of being both a model science exhibit and a consummate work of art. Bob became the Exploratorium’s first artist-in-residence (and eventually served a stint as the museum’s associate director).”  See website for more details.


“18th Street Arts Center is an artists’ residency program that provokes public dialogue through contemporary art-making. We value art-making as an essential part of a vibrant, just and healthy society. Through our artist residencies we are a contemporary art hub that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue. 18th Street’s residencies, exhibitions, public events, talks, and publications encourage, showcase and support the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art and foster collaboration and interaction between artists locally, nationally and internationally.” See website for more details.


“The Lab is an interdisciplinary arts organization supporting the development and presentation of new visual, performing, media, sonic and literary art. We assist artists in the creation of new work and showcase work of the highest quality by emerging and underrepresented experimental artists. Of particular interest is work which crosses boundaries, encourages evolving artistic and social dialogue between artists and audiences, and develops the culture and community of the San Francisco Bay Area.” See website for more details.


“Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.” See website for more details.


“Because Exceptional Talent Deserves to be Supported…

Few programs exist either on the national or international level where the sole mission is to support the creativity of artists. From the beginning, the art-making process has been the highest priority at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where both the atmosphere and environment offer ideal situations for creative growth and experimentation. Artists from around the world come to the Bemis Center to work in this supportive community and confront new challenges.

The Bemis Center provides Artists-in-Residence with the gift of time, space and support.
TIME 3 months of uninterrupted, self-directed work time.
SPACE The Bemis Center is housed in two urban warehouses totaling 110,000 square feet. Each artist is provided with a generously sized live/work studio with a private bathroom and 24 hour access to facilities including a wood shop, installation spaces, and a large sculpture fabrication facility.

SUPPORT $750 monthly stipend.”
See website for more details.

New York 

“WOODSTOCK A-I-R  is a workspace residency program designed to support artists of color working in the photographic arts who reside in the United States with access to time, facilities, financial, critical, and technical support. This activity is created with an emphasis on supporting artists working in the photographic arts who are at the brink of their careers and promising talent. All of us lead very busy lives – the drive for this program is to free the artist – from the busy routines and demands of everyday – and to provide a sanctuary for creativity.

WOODSTOCK A-I-R was listed amongst the top 20 residency programs in the U.S.” See website for more details.


MILDRED’S LANE is a rustic, 96-acre site deep in the woods of rural northeastern Pennsylvania, in the upper Delaware River Valley, which borders New York state. It is an ongoing collaboration between J. Morgan Puett, Mark Dion, their son Grey Rabbit Puett, and their friends and colleagues. It is a home and an experiment in living. Mildred’s Lane attempts to  coevolve a rigorous pedagogical strategy, where a working-living-researching environment has been developed to foster engagement with every aspect of life.