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.


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 Summer residency is for the month of August.

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. This may change from season to season depending upon availability. We also provide documentation of the exhibition and a mini-documentary about your experience at ARC. 

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. Art Creations is an art supply store downtown and across the river, about a 10 minute bike ride away from the studio; there is also Townsend Atelier near MLK boulevard inside of ArtsBuild, also within biking distance.
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.  (The PayPal will show Chattanooga Film Festival as the Merchant; this is our Fiscal Sponsor and is indeed the correct merchant; by clicking on the $25 dropdown you can confirm the payment is for ARC) Pay Now →


Are there project restrictions?

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 July 1st.

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, materials, or residence at this time unless otherwise noted. We provide discounted rates on residence, in-kind services, and some free meals from sponsorships with local businesses and restaurants. 

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