About the Studio Residency

The Studio Residency is a short-term project space offered to an individual visual artist for a four-month session as a temporary space for focused creative work in a new setting. The program will offer three sessions during 2016, one artist per session.

The Studio Residency program includes access to a private 750-square-foot studio offered at no cost to the resident artist. The studio is located in the back of 424 N. Cleveland, adjacent to existing artist studios and Crosstown Arts’ galleries and offices, with ample wall space, natural light, and 24-hour access through a private entrance. The studio is intended as a workspace only. Room and board are not provided.

There are no specific work requirements for the selected artists, who are free to use the space however it best complements their ongoing studio practice. The resident artists are encouraged to experiment and explore new ideas in the space, work on new or short-term projects, or further develop current work already in process.

Resident artists will be asked to do the following: show work and join in a group discussion during an Open Crit event at Crosstown Arts, participate in a short artist-profile video, and give an informal artist talk during an open studio night to share their creative practice with the community. Additionally, the artists will have the option of hosting a one-night exhibition at Crosstown Arts’ 430 N. Cleveland space at the close of their session.

Plans for the Future Artist Residency Program

Crosstown Arts plans to begin a full-scale, multi-disciplinary artist residency program at Crosstown Concourse in 2017. This future program will provide studio space and shared meals to a total of 16 artists at a time during multiple residency sessions throughout each year. Housing will be provided for non-local artists during their stay in Memphis. Longer-term sessions will be available for local artists. This program will be open to a wide-range of visual artists, musicians, writers, composers, dancers, & performers working in most any discipline or genre. The Studio Residency program is the first incarnation of what is planned for the Concourse building, currently under renovation.


Applicants must be visual artists, 21+ years of age, and live in Memphis, TN or within a 25-mile radius. Applicants enrolled in an academic program during the residency session are not eligible to apply.

Crosstown Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability.

 Photo by Jamie Harmon

Crosstown Arts