Residency FAQs

What is an artist residency?
Artist residencies are intended to provide individuals or artist collectives the time and space to focus on their work.

How is Crosstown Arts’ residency program different from some other residencies?
There are many types of residencies offered throughout the world. The Crosstown Arts residency is a decidedly urban. We encourage interaction between the artist residents, as well as interaction between the residents and the local community.

What types of artists can apply for a residency?
Crosstown Arts offers multidisciplinary residencies to visiting and Memphis-based artists and curators, working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, music, film and writing in all genres.

How long are the residencies?
There are two 3-month residencies in spring and fall and two 20-day residencies each summer (artists can request to stay for one or both). There is also one 10-month studio-only residency option per year.

What do artists receive when they are chosen for a residency?
Artists are offered living space in Crosstown Concourse (if needed), a private studio space, plant-based meals five days a week, and free access to our shared art-making space during their residency period.

How can artists apply?
Applications are always  open from May 15 through July 15 for all residencies for the following year.

What do applicants need to apply?
Applicants submit 10 work samples, an artist statement, a residency goals statement, a resume/CV, and references.

How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee is $10, but applicants may request a hardship waiver.

What is the selection process?
Applications are scored by an annually rotating selection panel of creative professionals from Memphis and around the world, with varying backgrounds and expertise in the visual/performing arts, music, film, and writing fields. Residencies are offered based on the panel’s scores with an emphasis on inclusivity and supporting a diverse range of creative practices, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and personal histories. We will announce our panel of judges in the near future.

Does Crosstown Arts rent studios?
No. All studio spaces are reserved for resident artists.

How many studios does Crosstown Arts have?
There are  16 studios available for resident artists.

Where are the studios located?
Most studios are located on the second floor of Crosstown Concourse. A few studios are on the first floor, and a few on the upper levels of the building. One studio is located across the street from Crosstown Concourse.

Where are the residency apartments?
The apartments are on the eighth and ninth floors of Crosstown Concourse.

How many apartments does the residency program have?
There are  13 furnished apartments. Twelve are small apartments attached to a common living room/dining room/laundry, and there is one two-bedroom apartment that is prioritized for families.

Where do residents come from?
Residents can be local, national, or  international. In 2019, Crosstown Arts received applications from more than 30 different states, as well as from the U.K., China, Japan, Zambia, Iceland, and the Ukraine, among many other countries.

Can Memphis artists apply?
Local artists are highly encouraged to apply and are an essential part of the residency program.

What is the age requirement?
Anyone who will be 21 years of age or older at the time of their residency is welcome to apply.

Are there project requirements for residents?
There are no specific project requirements for accepted residents. They are encouraged to experiment and explore new ideas or further develop current work already in process.

However, everyone is asked  to give an informal artist talk or presentation. Artists who in the residency for  three months or longer also participate in an open studio night and guide a public engagement project.

How I get more information?
Learn more in the About section of our website, or email us at

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