Travel. Make Art. Experience the Scenic City.


ARC connects artists abroad with Chattanooga to develop their professional practice while educating and diversifying the arts culture, providing dedicated time and space in the Scenic City for artists to work, research & develop ideas.


ARC offers THREE types of residency programs:

  • Our featured residency supports a single artist or artist duo. Residents are selected from a public, open call and reviewed by a jury. Artists provide a workshop, lecture, and exhibition, as well as donating an artwork to ARC. ARC provides lodging, studio, exhibition, and documentation including a mini documentary. The artist is responsible for travel, materials & supplies, special tools, and other living expenses. $25 application fee. More Information →

  • Our short term residency program (2 - 4 weeks) is in development. This is a support program for artists who are not able to commit or who are not interested in providing all the requirements of our full-length featured residency. ARC provides lodging and potential opportunities for lecture/workshop/exhibition depending on available local resources and the applicant's interest. There is no fee to apply, however residency fees apply and change depending on the length of the residency. Artists will be responsible for travel, food, materials & supplies, special tools, and most meals. Join our mailing list below for news and updates!

  • Our mini mural residency hosts an artist at En Root House while furnishing a mural on one of their fence panels. Lodging is free, while the artist is responsible for all other travel, materials, and living expenses. Application is free! More Information →

We offer comfortable living and studio space, access to Chattanooga's downtown including the beautiful Signal and Lookout Mountains, as well as the resources and special & technical skills of the artists and craftspeople of Chattanooga. We are happy to provide assistance with research and documentation, as well as small group critiques & studio visits. During their time in residence, we hope residents will:

  • experiment & make meaningful steps in their practice that they may not otherwise make
  • engage in critical conversation with Chattanoogans and local community
  • allow new ideas and inspiration from Chattanooga to influence the work
  • challenge, educate, and push the boundaries of the current art climate of Chattanooga
Dallas based artist Ryder Richards, ARC's 2016 Fall Resident Artist, gives his testimonial about the program and his experience with Chattanooga's art community. This is the first in a series that will follow after each participating resident.

ARC is focused on professional development and community education. Ready to take the next step as a professional artist?