Joan Mitchell Center 


2020 New Orleans Open Call Guidelines

Program Overview

The Joan Mitchell Center is a dynamic artist residency facility in New Orleans, providing working and living spaces on the Center’s two-acre campus near the historic and culturally diverse Faubourg Tremé neighborhood. Launched as a pilot program in 2013 by the Joan Mitchell Foundation and established as a fully operating residency facility in 2015, the Center has since hosted nearly 200 local and national artists.

Open to the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s grant recipients and to local New Orleans artists who apply for studio space, the vision for the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program at the Center is to provide that crucial element—time and space for artistic contemplation and experimentation—while offering artists opportunities to engage with partner arts organizations, arts professionals, and others in the community. 

In 2014, the Joan Mitchell Center launched the Artists-in-Residence Program for New Orleans based-artists to create a deep and sustainable impact with artists in the area. In 2020, up to eight studio slots are dedicated to New Orleans-based participants. Residency sessions are five months in length during the spring and fall of 2020. While participating in the program, local artists will work alongside up to fifteen visiting practitioners living and working on-site at the Center.

Residency start and end dates will be determined in Fall 2019 and confirmed with selected artists based on their stated session preference and studio availability.

Spring/summer session: 4 artists, March-July

Fall/Winter session: 4 artists, September-January 

Applicant Eligibility

In order to meet program eligibility for the New Orleans Open Call, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Must identify as a visual artist and showcase a portfolio of work with a serious commitment to an artistic practice.
  • Must have lived in New Orleans as the primary residence for at least 5 years or be a New Orleans native. The Joan Mitchell Center recognizes Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish to be included in the Greater New Orleans area. 

Program Participation and Residency Benefits

The residency program is complemented by a roster of events, including open studios, artist talks, and networking events, which foster creative exchange and encourage relationship-building among artists and other members of the New Orleans community. Artists have access to professional training and advisement, including studio visits with curators, and consultations and workshops with arts, business, and legal professionals. During a residency session at the Joan Mitchell Center, artist are expected to participate in regular dinners and our Center’s public programs. For examples of this programming, see our FAQ’s.

All resident artists are provided with a private studio space with 24/7 access at the Center. They receive a six hundred dollar ($600) monthly stipend. Additionally, weekday communal dinners and an open shared food pantry are available to reduce the artists’ overall food expenses.

How to Apply

The residency application is available online via Submittable. In summary, artists are asked to provide a photo, biography, resume, artist statement, three (3) professional references, eight (8) work samples and metadata.

The Joan Mitchell Center provides one information session immediately following the May 22nd Community Coffee at 10:45 am, 2275 Bayou Road in New Orleans. This is the best time to meet staff and ask questions about the residency and application process. 

Please review 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

The application deadline is June 18th at 4:59pm CDT. 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 jury panel with a breadth of knowledge, perspectives, and experience in various art worlds. Primarily, the jury assessment will take into consideration the overall body of work and its representation of the artists’ vision, and that show a commitment and dedication to a studio practice, and how this residency will advance an artist’s career.

The jury will meet in August and we anticipate informing artists of their residency award by early September. 

Application Instructions

Please submit the following in order to complete an online application:

  1. Biography:  Please provide a brief written account of professional experience. (150 words maximum)
  2. Resume/C.V.:  Please provide a brief summary of educational, vocational and professional qualifications and experience.
  3. Artist Statement:  Please provide a written description that summarizes your artistic practice, body of work, and creative endeavors. What is the context of your work? What are your intentions for your work and practice?  (350 words maximum)
  4. Professional References:  Please provide the name, email, phone number, title and the nature of your relationship for three (3) separate references -- Please DO NOT submit letters of recommendation. These should serve as recommendations on your behalf who can speak to your readiness for our program and dedication to your career as an artist and ability to work in communities like residencies. 
  5. Proof of Residence OR Proof of Birth:  In order to meet eligibility for the New Orleans Artist-In- Residence Program, an artist must have resided in New Orleans for at least the past five years. Selected artists will be asked to provide a birth certificate, driver’s license, utility bill, proof of local employment, school transcripts and/or a rental agreement to prove residence prior to confirming their participation. Note: If you are applying as a New Orleans artist, lodging will not be provided as part of residency. 
  6. Work Samples:  Please submit up to eight (8) examples of current work that best reflect what you might undertake while in residence. All digital images should be the highest quality images you have. Work samples will be viewed both on laptop screens and projected on a larger screen. Of the eight work samples, up to two samples of short videos under one minute in length can be accommodated. Total file upload submissions, including resume, headshot, work samples, and other uploads, may not exceed 800 MB. All files must be labeled with artist's last name, followed by a first initial and number 1-8 (example: LastName_FirstInitial_Image1). Metadata fields are provided for applicants to share as much information. Image submissions can include detail shot and various angles of a single piece. We recognize that still imagery does not best reflect the artistic work of many installation artists and we encourage video submissions from those artists.
  7. Photo:  Please upload a high-resolution headshot (to be used for promotion of selected artists).

If all necessary materials are not submitted by the application deadline, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be eligible for jury review.