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HBCU Artist Residency Program

July 10 - August 4

The HBCU Artist Residency at Artspace, inspired by the successful North Carolina Emerging Artist in Residence program, is a year-long initiative aimed at recent graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Addressing the loss of resources, mentorship, and professional networks post-graduation, this program offers a comprehensive support system to help emerging artists build their careers.

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 4, 2024

Key Features:

Studio Access: 24-hour access to a rent-free studio for a year. Shared 580 sq. ft. space with natural light and a sink.

Monthly Stipend: $200.

Networking: At least one formal event plus public interaction opportunities through monthly First Friday art walks and tours.

Professional Development: Collaboration and conversations with over 30 professional artists, including talks, studio visits, and critiques.

Community Engagement: Speaking and paid teaching opportunities.

Continued Support: Consultations with staff, social media promotions, and monthly e-news with artist opportunities.

Exhibition: A professionally installed solo exhibition at Artspace or a partnering HBCU campus within 12 months post-residency.

Public Presentation: Required artist talk or demonstration.


Recent HBCU graduates (last five years) residing in North Carolina.

Artists in various media (excluding hazardous materials).

Not enrolled in any institutional artistic program during the residency.

Comfortable with an open studio setting.

Minimum of 25 hours/week in the studio with additional event participation.

Studio as the primary workspace during the residency.

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible. Applicants with specific needs should indicate them in their applications. For questions, contact Oami Powers at 919.821.2787 or [email protected].

Application Requirements:

Artist Statement: Max 250 words & Resume: Max 2 pages.

Statement of Interest: Max 350 words on residency goals, plans, tools needed, and schedule.

Portfolio: 10 digital images (JPEG/PNG, max 5MB each), 3 videos (MPEG-4/AVI/MOV, max 5 minutes), file list including title, media, dimensions, and year, two Recommendation Letters: Sent directly to Oami Powers.

This residency helps emerging HBCU artists transition smoothly into their professional careers by providing essential resources and opportunities within a supportive community. Questions? Contact Annah Lee, Creative Director, [email protected] or (919) 821-2787.


July 10
August 4


(919) 821-2787
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