Residency Unlimited


Open Calls |
Oct, 2017

2018 RU Residency Open Call for US based artists

Residency Unlimited (RU) is pleased to announce an open call for six, three-month long residencies for US based artists during the period February 1 to July 31, 2018.

Each artist will receive a stipend of $1000. This program is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) “Art Works” Grant Program.

If chosen, artists who are not based in New York City will be responsible for paying their own travel and accommodation expenses. RU can assist in identifying appropriate housing if needed. Participating artists should not be engaged in another residency or academic program during their RU residency.

What does this residency provide?

  • A fully funded, carefully tailored three-month residency designed to support the creation of new work between February 1 - April 30, 2018 or May 1 - July 31, 2018.
  • Weekly studio visits with curators, gallerists and other arts professionals designed to match the residents' artistic and curatorial interests.
  • Exposure to RU's roster of international artists and curators.
  • A stipend of $1000.
  • Production and curatorial support.
  • The public presentation of new work through exhibitions, talks and other events.
  • Field trips and other residency community building activities.

What are the criteria for selection?

  • All selected residents must be visual artists, with an active professional practice of at least two years.
  • All selected residents must have been legally based in the US for at least 3 years (US citizenship is not required as long as the USA is your primary residence).
  • The artistic quality of the artist's past work and relevance of their proposed project.
  • The likely benefits to the artists of RU’s tailored residency.
  • The artist’s interest in engaging with the RU community and embracing the overall residency experience.

Selection procedure:

The applicants will be selected by a jury consisting of RU staff and art professionals. Short-listed artists will be interviewed by panel members and six finalists selected.

Application Deadline: November 5, 2017 - Midnight EST.

Finalist Interviews: November 25, 2017

Results: November 30, 2017

To apply, please have the following ready:

  • A short statement detailing what you intend to work on during the residency. (3000 Characters Max)
  • An up-to-date CV (PDF format)
  • PDF Portfolio that includes your works over the past 2 years. (max 8mb)
  • If you have a time-based practice, you can include URLS in the provided fields.

Learn more about the RU Residency Program here.

This program is made possible with the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


TO APPLY fill out the following form.

Please review the residency open call guidelines above.

If you are having any technical trouble with this form, please let us know.

  • Contact Information

  • Per the application guidelines, applicants must be US residents for at least 3 years. Please include your address below.
  • Proposal

  • A short statement detailing what you intend to work on during the residency. (3000 Characters Max)
  • Upload your most up-to-date CV / Resume. Maximum File Size 1mb
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • PDF Portfolio that includes your works of the past 2 years (PDF, letter size, max 8mb file size).
    If you work with new media /video you can send us URLS in the input field below.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Add links for time based works in audio, film, or video (Max 3 URL links).
  • Not required, but highly recommended!
  • Schedule Preferences

  • Choose one or more residency periods that you are available to participate in. (choose all that apply)
  • Once you submit, do not close this window or refresh your browser until you receive a confirmation message.


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