Thanks for your interest in the 40th Street
This letter describes the program and provides
information on the application process for the 2017-2018 residency, which begins
on September 1, 2017 and ends on August 15, 2018.
Please note that this application is due on Monday May 29, 2017 at 11:59pm. The site will not accept submissions after that time.
We will alert all applicants by July 1, 2017.
You can always reach us at 40th.AIR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read carefully.
The mission of the 40th Street
Artist-in-Residence Program is:
address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia by offering studios
rent-free, on a rotating basis, to visual artists who reside in/are strongly
affiliated with Philadelphia neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill River.
• To assist in the career growth of new
and emerging artists and those whose work has not been recognized in mainstream
• To enrich the 40th
Street area by placing artists here and allowing them to share their talents with
members of our community.
What you get and what you give:
If accepted, you will be given a studio space at either 4007
Chestnut Street or 4013 Chestnut Street beginning September 1, 2017 and ending
August 15, 2018. You will be encouraged to use that time to develop your own
creative work. In exchange, you will be asked to share your talents with West
Philadelphia through around 40 hours
of outreach service over the course of the
residency. Examples of outreach projects include a public installation, a workshop,
or a class. You may work at a school, prison, hospital, nursing home, etc. Administrative
and modest financial support will be provided. In addition, all residents will
have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions. Monthly resident meetings (or
fewer/more when necessary) will facilitate this while creating opportunities to
foster community within the program. In addition to collaborating with your
fellow residents, a student intern and a part-time facilitator will help to
coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity,
• You must be a new or emerging artist. This does not
necessarily mean that you are a recent college graduate (though it’s fine if
you are!). You can be any age, at any education level or type, and at any stage of life. What we mean by emerging artist is someone who has not had a private studio before, or has had one but for under a year, and has not had a solo exhibition at a major gallery or museum.
• You must be affiliated with West Philadelphia, meaning you
live, work, volunteer, or create art here.
• Full time students may not apply.
• Former 40th Street artists-in-residence may not apply.
• Groups may not
apply, though collaborative duos may apply. Our studios cannot accommodate more
than two artists at a time and
applications submitting by groups of more than two will not be accepted.
• Artists who have applied in the past and were not accepted
Our sites are not live-in facilities. The studios are
available at all times, but the buildings are shared; you must be considerate
of other tenants. The spaces can accommodate a variety of creative activities,
including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, photography,
puppetry, and fiber art. The studios are too small for dance. Ceilings in most
studios are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); rooms range from 150-300
square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others do not. The
studios are not furnished. The buildings have small back yards that may be used
for assembling larger works, or as a place to exhibit sculpture. The spaces
have ventilation, running water, and 120- volt AC outlets. However, the
facilities will not accommodate highly toxic chemicals, welding, or very
high-powered electrical equipment. Note also that within the spaces, there is
open access to different work areas; we count on residents to show respect for
others’ property and privacy.