The ideal candidate for ARC is a self-motivated individual able to work well independently and within a larger organization. Residents are selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large. Selected artists will exemplify our diverse mission & goals with workshops, lectures, community partnerships and exhibitions. Spring 2018 Deadline is January 2nd.

Application Instructions:

Step one: Download, Fill out, and Email us your Application to by Midnight, January 2nd, 2018.

Step two: Email us your CV and 10 portfolio items for consideration, including title, year, medium and physical dimensions (Images should be no larger than 5mb each, and videos should be no longer than 10min). In addition to the portfolio of 10 images*, please include any sketches, models, drawings or any other materials to support your Project Statement and/or Statement of Intent.

Step three: Pay the non-refundable application fee of $25

* – If your work is time based or has video documentation, you may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Put this link in the list of title, year, etc.



ARC is open to creative permanent residents of the United States living outside the greater Chattanooga area working in any medium. Artists who are or will be enrolled in a college or university art degree-granting program during the time of the residency are not eligible to apply.

How do I Apply?

Download and fill out the Application form at the top of this page and email it, along with additional media, to All of the submission requirements, instruction, and guidelines are included in this download. 

When do I move in?

Residents move in at the beginning of the designated month, and the exhibition opens at the end of that month. The Spring residency is for the month of March with an exhibition in April. Lodging location varies depending on availability and preference by the selected artist.

what does ARC provide?

ARC provides dedicated time in a space to create an exhibition. We do our best to provide on-site assistance, access to tools, processes, & resources available in Chattanooga. There will be opportunities for interviews, published press & exposure, studio visits, workshops, and lectures. We are constantly working on securing grants, honorariums, and in-kind services & discounts from local foundations and businesses. We also provide documentation of the exhibition and a mini-documentary about your experience at ARC. For Spring 2018 we cover the costs of lodging, studio space, exhibition space, and documentation.

What should I bring?

Art supplies – depending on your proposal, you may want to bring any special materials or tools that are integral to your outline you have on hand. There are some art supply stores in the downtown area, as well as Ace. Lowe's and Home Depot are further away.
Special food – if you have special dietary needs, please bring these things with you as the grocery store may not have them.
Weather appropriate clothing and shoes – check the local weather before packing!

what should i not bring?

Pets, your TV, toxic materials, anything illegal…

Will i get a critical review of my exhibition?

While ARC does its best to push the residency and exhibition into the public eye of the Greater Chattanooga area, including Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta, Chattanooga proper lacks a dedicated arts publication. As such, we cannot guarantee a critical review will take place for publication. 


There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Your application is not complete nor will it be reviewed until payment is completed. Pay Now →


Are there project restrictions?

No: The program is designed for the artist’s needs: whether that’s the creation of a new body of work; experimentation with new materials or ideas; a sabbatical getaway to inspire new ideas or work; or the opportunity to visit a new place and meet new people to refresh and revitalize the studio practice. We do require an exhibition, lecture, and workshop from the resident artist.

when will i be notified?

Applicants will be notified within one week after the deadline as to whether they were accepted into the program for the current season. Deadline is January 2nd.

what does ARC NOT provide?

You will need to bring your own supplies, materials, and special tools. As of right now, ARC cannot cover any costs for travel, meals or materials. 

how many artists are in residence at one time?

We are just getting our program started; until we develop more resources to host multiple artists simultaneously, we can only accommodate one resident at a time. However, we make sure to plug you into the Chattanooga art community, including visits to museums, galleries, studio visits, and local resources to help your vision come to fruition. 

Will i sell work at this residency?

There is the possibility while the work is on display and is available for purchase, however we cannot guarantee that any work made during the residency will sell during the exhibition. 

How do i get my work back home?

The artist is responsible for packing, shipping, or otherwise transporting work from Chattanooga to home, work, another gallery, or other destination. This may affect the duration of the exhibition depending on the artist's needs.


Header Photo credit John Frala