Artists-in-Residence Programs in Florida

December 23, 2016 | By Kimberley Gaultier

Although the advent of Art Basel Miami Beach over the last years has made Florida the home to the world’s most important contemporary art fair, many art residency programs have thrived for over twenty years in the state welcoming established and emerging artists from around the world. 

Florida is home to a multitude of artist-in-residence programs open to a vast array of domains from literature to contemporary art. Such programs allow artists, but also curators, authors and performers from around the globe to temporarily join a host artistic institution. These residency programs offer a unique opportunity to develop an artistic career while becoming a part of the host community. 

Selection process and welcomed artists

While certain residency programs are open to the public for submissions (Art Center/South Florida, AIRIE), others select candidates by invitation only (Rauschenberg, Kennedy Family). And while some programs are designed for emerging artists, others host more established artists. As an example, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to work directly with world-renowned established artists-in-residence such as Robert Morris, Nick Cave, Merce Cunningham, Willy Cardona, David Salle, or Peter Matthiessen or French artist Bernar Venet (1996). Most Floridian programs are open to foreign artists. No residency program resembles another as each has its own specialty and/or preferred discipline.

Promoting residencies for French artists of the Caribbean

Beyond the selection process of each residency, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Institut français, and FACE Foundation launched a new residency program: Etant donnés Residencies. This program will support French visual artists (or those living in France and French territories for more than 5 years) seeking to spend 2 to 4 months in the United States, in order to develop specific research or projects in collaboration with an American organization (art centers, museums, galleries, cultural centers and universities). The program offers a grant for Residencies taking place between April and December 2017. Deadline for applications: January, 27, 2016. Considering Florida’s geographic and cultural ties with the Caribbean region, particular attention will be given locally to research/projects linked to the Caribbean region, as well as the quality of the application, the artist’s career and skills, and the relationship with the partner organization in Florida.

Downtown with Art Center/South Florida and Fountainhead

Art Center/South Florida and Fountainhead are programs and residencies offered to contemporary artists in an urban setting, at the heart of the city of Miami. Art Center/South Florida develops innovative programs supporting today's artists. They are also very involved in educational programs, such as panel discussions, artist talks and workshops, and roundtable debates. As for Fountainhead, the Residency provides artists with an environment conducive to the finding of new inspirations, the creation of new work, and an opportunity to meet the people that make Miami’s art community one-of-a-kind.

Environmental conservation and artistic disciplines 

On a whole different level, some of Florida’s residency programs focus on environmental conservation. At the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, it is expected that the artists’ work connects with and is inspired by the environment. They are encouraged to live on the Preserve and interact with its visitors. The AIRIE program in the Everglades National Park, where French artists Stéphanie Cardon and Alice Raymond were in-residence, respectively in 2007 and 2013, worked on similar principles. These nature-oriented residency programs are exclusive opportunities to fully seize what the state of Florida has to offer in terms of natural treasures.

Below you will find a (non-exhaustive) list of residencies in Florida:

AIRIE

Art Center/South Florida

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Fountainhead Residency

Kennedy Family

Rauschenberg Residency

Studios of Key West

The Hermitage Artist Retreat

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