Residency Programs
+Paul Artspace charges no residency fee for either program. Food, supplies, and travel expenses are the responsibility of the resident.+

Artist/Writer Residency Program:

The Paul Artspace Artist/Writer Residency Program offers 3 application periods (spring, summer, fall) throughout the year. Selected applicants are provided housing and studio space for a period of 1 to 3 months. The facilities at Paul Artspace permit for up to 3 individuals to work and live on the property and this scheduling occurs on a rolling basis. In addition to the focused studio and research time, residents will have various professional development opportunities such as arranged studio visits with local arts professionals, invitations to lecture on their practice, and various networking events.

In exchange for these resources, residents are asked to support the community of Paul Artspace by performing 2 of the following actions during their residency period:

1) engage the community that surrounds Paul Artspace by hosting a workshop or on-site educational program*;

2) volunteer service to various organizations throughout the St. Louis community;

3) provide Paul Artspace with a document to commemorate their time in residence. This document could be an object or an entry into the Paul Artspace digital library.

* Paul Artspace will help facilitate the logistics and specifics of actions selected by residents.

Curatorial Residency Program:

Annually, Paul Artspace will award two independently selected curators or curatorial teams the Curatorial Residency Program. This award gives each recipient the opportunity to curate a show within an exhibition space affiliated with Paul Artspace. In addition to the exhibition, the awardee will be provided with living and workspace at the residency for 1 to 3 months. The premise of the exhibition is open to the curator and will be addressed within the application packet.

As a participant of the program, each curator is required to:

1) visit the studios of regional artists;

2) include at least one regional artist in the awarded exhibition; and

3) prepare a document at the end of their time at Paul Artspace. This document is open to interpretation and may take the form of an exhibition statement, a collection of writings, audio or video recordings, etc.

Interested parties are asked to follow the standard application procedures and provide evidence of their curatorial practice via links to websites, videos, and writings. Please specify in the cover letter that you are applying for the Curatorial Residency Program. A proposed exhibition budget should be discussed within the proposal. However, full exhibition cost is not guaranteed by Paul Artspace or affiliated exhibition spaces.

Application Guidelines

Items listed below are to be assembled in a PDF (no larger than 10MB) and included in the TYPEFORM (launches once “Apply to a program” button is clicked) application, along with a $30 nonrefundable application fee.

  • Letter of Intention – This is a one page document that outlines your research/ creative goals while staying at the residency. Specify your preferred month(s) of your residency. Please see session dates and deadlines below.

  • CV (include contact information)

  • Artist statement (one page)

  • 15 images documenting creative visual work

  • For writers, 8-10 pages of a writing sample or writing samples

  • Provide links for video and sound work (if applicable)

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age to participate in our programs

Dates and Deadlines

  • December 31st is the application deadline for residency sessions in March, April, or May (spring) residency.

  • February 28th is the application deadline for residency sessions in June, July, or August (summer) residency.

  • May 31st is the application deadline for residency sessions in September, October, or November (fall) residency.

Please see the about page for info about our other programs.