2022 New Orleans Artist-in-Residence
Open Call Guidelines

Program Overview

As a programmatic site of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans hosts artist residencies, providing working spaces on the Center’s two-acre campus for both local and national artists. Located in the 7th Ward, the residency is a retreat for artists in a city rich with creative energy and cultural histories. Since opening in 2015, it has hosted nearly 260 local and national artists.

From June 21 to August 16, 2021, the Center will accept applications from New Orleans artists for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in 2022. Six selected visual artists will receive private studio space at the Center for five months in either the Spring or Fall 2022 residency session. They will be in residence with a group of national artists and New Orleans artists who were previously selected for 2020 residencies that were deferred due to COVID-19. Artists-in-Residence also receive a $600 monthly stipend, meals, and opportunities to participate in professional development and community events.

Residency dates will be confirmed with selected artists based on their stated session preference and studio availability.

Spring/Summer session: March 14 - July 29, 2022
Fall/Winter session: September 6, 2022 - February 3, 2023

Applicant Eligibility

In order to meet program eligibility for the New Orleans Artist-in-Residence Program Open Call, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as a visual artist and showcase a portfolio of work with a serious commitment to an artistic practice.
  • Live in New Orleans as your primary residence for at least 5 years or be a New Orleans native. Residents from both Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish will be considered in this open call.
  • Complete and submit an application
  • Not be a past artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center

Program Participation and Residency Benefits

Artists-in-residence (AIRs) will receive:

  • 24/7 access to their studios
  • Weekly stipend of $150
  • Support from the Center’s studio assistants
  • Prepared meals on-site and available Monday through Friday (except holidays)
  • Regularly scheduled professional development and networking programming

Studio access is a primary component of the residency program. Additionally, artists are expected to be engaged community members within their residency cohort and regularly participate in the roster of professional development programs and networking activities offered. The Center’s approach to programming will provide artists-in-residence with opportunities to engage with other artists and arts consultants locally and from across the United States. Depending on the status of the pandemic, the Center will determine whether these programs will be offered in-person or virtually closer to the start of the residency.

The Center offers five types of programming:

  • AIR Exchange consists of peer-oriented monthly gatherings for artists-in-residence and invited Center alumni artists to connect with one another to discuss work, creative process, ask for feedback, and anything else that can benefit from communal participation or input.
  • Open Studios occur twice during each session and are professional networking gatherings where artists-in-residence present works-in-progress or finished pieces developed during their residency to a group of guests that can include artists, administrators, curators, collectors, gallerists, alumni, cultural practitioners, and community members.
  • Professional Consultations are monthly one-on-one consultations and group workshops for artists-in-residence to connect with arts specialists to discuss a variety of topics that can include professional branding and marketing, legal and financial planning, estate planning and career documentation, and other areas that can support career development.
  • Studio Visits are monthly opportunities for artists-in-residence to connect with invited local and national curators, museum directors, gallerists, and other art professionals in one-on-one conversations to pose questions, exchange insight, and receive feedback, guidance, and support.
  • Artist Profiles are short video interviews with each artist-in-residence that features insights into their process, relevant information about works produced (or underway) while in residence, and footage of selected works and studio space. Videos are posted on the Center’s social media channels and website (Instagram, Facebook + on our Journal), and hosted on the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Vimeo page.

How to Apply

In summary, artists are asked to provide a headshot, biography, resume, describe your artistic practice and your intention for your residency, three (3) professional references, eight (8) work samples (including work sample descriptions).

The Joan Mitchell Center will hold a virtual information session on June 28, 2021, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (CST). A recording of the session will be on our website and the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Vimeo page after July 9.

Please review the detailed application instructions below before beginning the application process. If you need clarification or have specific questions that pertain to your application not addressed below, please email program@joanmitchellcenter.org.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 16 at noon (CST). We are unable to accept late submissions. Only complete applications will be submitted for jury consideration.

Review Process and Timeline

The Joan Mitchell Center staff works to thoughtfully assemble a diverse group of jurors with a breadth of knowledge, perspectives, and experience in various areas of the art world. Primarily, the jury assessment will take into consideration the overall body of work and its representation of the artist’s vision, commitment, dedication to a studio practice, and how the residency will advance an artist’s career.

The jury will meet in October and we anticipate informing artists of their residency award by December 2021.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following in order to complete an application:

  1. Biography: Please provide a brief written account of your professional experience. (150 words maximum)
  2. Resume/C.V.: Please provide a summary of your educational, vocational, and professional qualifications and experience.
  3. Process + Practice: Please answer a series of questions regarding your creative practice, past residencies, the relevance or impact of the residency from your perspective, as well as future goals.
  4. Professional References: Please provide the name, email, phone number, title, and the nature of your relationship for three (3) separate references. They should serve as references on your behalf who can speak to your readiness for the program, dedication to your career as an artist, and ability to work in communities like residencies. Please DO NOT submit letters of recommendation.
  5. Proof of Residence: In order to meet eligibility for the New Orleans Artist-In-Residence Program, you must currently reside in Orleans or Jefferson Parish. Selected artists will be asked to provide a copy of their driver's license, utility bill, proof of local employment, or a rental agreement to prove residence prior to confirming their participation. Note: Lodging is not provided as part of the residency for Orleans and Jefferson Parish participants.
  6. Work Samples: Please submit eight (8) examples of current work that best showcase your artistic vision. We suggest providing the highest resolution images you have to ensure that jurors can zoom in for detail.  Work samples will be viewed on computer screens. We recognize that still imagery does not best reflect the artistic work of many installation artists; therefore, we encourage video submissions from those artists. Of the eight work samples, up to two short videos, each under one minute in length, can be accommodated. All files must be labeled with the artist's last name, followed by a first initial and number 1-8 (example: LastName_FirstInitial_Image1). After you upload each work sample, there will be space to add the title, date, materials, dimensions, and a short description in the metadata field. Image submissions can include detailed shots and various angles of a single piece but should not be composite images of multiple works.
  7. Photo: Please upload a high-resolution headshot (to be used for promotion of selected artists).

All necessary materials have to be submitted by the application deadline, otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be eligible for jury review.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does the pandemic potentially impact the residency?

Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some aspects of the program may shift to support health and safety considerations, including how programming is presented (virtual vs. in-person) and requirements for working on campus. The Center will work to give reasonable advance notice of any such modifications to program participants.

Do I qualify if I have received a previous Artist-in-Residence award?

Unfortunately, if you have been a previous Joan Mitchell Center artist-in-residence, you are not eligible to apply for the 2022 application cycle, since we are prioritizing opportunities for artists who have not yet participated. Past artists-in-residence are encouraged to join us at events, which we hope to resume in 2022.

I work with a collaborator.  Can we apply as a team?

Yes, up to two collaborating artists can apply jointly, provided that both artists are currently eligible (see criteria above). If applying as a team, please contact the Center before submitting your application.

When will I find out if I have been awarded a 2022 residency at the Joan Mitchell Center?

We anticipate informing artists of their residency award by December 2021. If awarded a 2022 residency, we ask that you keep your residency award confidential between yourself, your partner(s), and/or your collaborator(s) until we publicly announce the entire group of 2022 Artists-in-Residence.

Does the Foundation have recommendations for image presentation in the application?

We find that a cohesive group of images makes for a strong work sample presentation. Also take note that your images should be clear, sharply focused, and well-lit. We suggest providing the highest resolution images you have to ensure that jurors can zoom in for detail. Total file upload submissions, including resume, work samples, and other uploads, may not exceed 800 MB. If submitted, each video clip should be no longer than 1 minute.

Who do I contact, if I experience challenges with the application?

If you are experiencing issues with setting up or accessing your submittable account as well as technical issues with the application form, please contact Submittable directly at the following: www.submittable.com/help/organization. If you have questions about the instructions or other aspects of the application, please contact us via email at program@joanmitchellcenter.org. Center staff will respond to emails within 72 hours when time permits. Due to the volume of applications, calls are discouraged.

What can I anticipate during the residency?

The residency is structured to provide time and space to artists working on their studio practice as well as provide regular opportunities to further develop professional skills and networks that will be beneficial long after the residency has concluded. Artists are expected to make regular use of their studio and participate in program activities, including workshops, gatherings, and presentations. While each artist will experience ample time for uninterrupted work and research, they are also encouraged to be active members of the intentional Center community formed by artists, arts professionals, staff, and others who share resources, information, and provide feedback and support for one another.

Can I pick the studio I want?

No. Studio spaces are assigned based on each artists’ specific needs, including the scale and type of work being made, in relation to the final group of artists selected for each cycle.

Can I play music or videos in my studio?

Yes, at the same time it is important that all artists are aware of the community being formed on campus and are respectful of and communicative with your fellow artists. The studios are not soundproof and noise should be kept to a reasonable level.

What items should I bring? What can I expect to find in my studio?

You will need to bring all art materials and specialized equipment (if relevant) that are part of your studio practice. Each artist will be provided a private studio space equipped with a worktable, stool, shelves, ample natural and artificial lighting, and a comfortable chair. Our facilities are also equipped with shared digital media resources and tool inventory. If specific equipment is needed to facilitate a project, Joan Mitchell Center staff will assist you with coordinating resources and/or partnering with local organizations, when possible. Please make a note on your application of anything you anticipate needing while in residence.

How will Joan Mitchell Center staff know the details of my specific needs?

The Joan Mitchell Center conducts a two-step intake process, a questionnaire, and conversation, with each artist prior to their residency. Our intake process is extensive and detailed so that we can do our best to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment for every artist. We attempt to meet the needs that everyone shares to the best of our ability, within our capacity.

Does the Center offer an ADA-compliant environment?

Yes, the Center strives to be an inclusive and welcoming gathering place for artists and guests. With that in mind, we are working to increase accessibility at the Center. All buildings on campus have ADA-accessible entry and exit points as well as bathrooms. The staff is ready to work with each artist to ensure accessibility on our campus and in our program. Once an artist has been accepted into the program, there will be an opportunity to discuss accessibility considerations in detail during the intake process.

The Center welcomes ADA-trained service animals, but we would appreciate advance notice to determine if allergies exist within the cohort and how best to accommodate all, including any needs of the animal. While ADA-trained service animals are welcome on campus, pets are not permitted. Service animals must be up to date with flea/tick/heartworm medication and vaccinations (rabies, etc.)

You are encouraged to reach out to us with any further questions: program@joanmitchellcenter.org.

Is there an information session to learn more about the application process?

On Monday, June 28, we hosted a virtual information session about the residency program which included an overview of the residency program, best practices for your application, and questions from attendees. The recording of that session is now available with closed captions: watch it on Vimeo or our website.

If you have questions, email program@joanmitchellcenter.org. Staff will send response emails to questions within 72 hours when time permits. Due to the volume of applications, calls are discouraged.

Joan Mitchell Foundation