about aac's resident artist program

About AAC's Residency Program


Emerging, professional artists in the Washington DC area are eligible to apply for a two-year residency in one of our subsidized studios. Artists can only renew twice, limiting the total residency to six years. We do this so that as many local artists as possible can benefit from this program.

Studio vacancies are announced when they occur - check back here for announcements, or sign up for our newsletter. AAC offers subsidized studio space for 12 artists and one visiting artist on a rotating basis.

Studios range from 300 square feet for a solo studio, to 600 square feet for a shared, 4-artist space. All have excellent sunlight, work sinks, and high ceilings with 365/24-hour access. The community space features a lounge area, kitchen, and a shower.

Artists are not required to keep studio doors open; instead, they open their studios to the public 5 times each year, in conjunction with opening receptions and special events.

Every artist has a solo or two-person exhibition every other year in AAC’s Wyatt Resident Artist Gallery.


call for artists: short-term studio residencies

Arlington Arts Center’s short-term residency program gives artists access to a sun-filled 600 square foot studio space on a short-term basis. This flexible program creates an opportunity for artists to focus on specific projects and/or realize large-scale works. The duration of residency is flexible to fit the needs of each artist and range from two to four months.

Residents gain access to the community of artists that are long-term residents at AAC and become a part of the creative and critical dialog that takes place in our studios. Artists are strongly encouraged to devise a public outreach component to their residencies and such activities can include an artist talk, workshop, or open studio event.

In addition, artists are asked to open up their studios during AAC’s opening receptions and public events during which other studios are open and participate in the quarterly crits held with resident artists. Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more info, just email us: exhibitions@arlingtonartscenter.org

Click here to apply online for a short-term studio spot today!

Short-Term Studio Application Form


All professional visual artists living in the Washington DC metropolitan area are eligible to apply.

The program is not designed for commercial artists. Studio vacancies are announced on our website and others and in our e-newsletter. To keep current on these and other events at AAC, please sign up for the newsletter.

In addition to the advantages of the space, a studio residency gives emerging artists terrific exposure.

Resident artists rotate exhibitions in our Wyatt Gallery, so that every artist has a solo or two-person exhibition every other year. We understand that privacy is often vital to the creative process, so we don’t require artists to keep studio doors open or post regular “public” hours. In exchange, we request that artists open their studios to the public at least 5 times each year, most often in conjunction with opening receptions.

Perhaps the most significant advantage to being a resident artist here is that emerging artists can work in a creative community.

Bouncing ideas off one another, engaging in conversation, and learning about diverse techniques and approaches—it is an experience very rare outside of art school, and can be truly inspiring.

We value diversity

Some have graduated from college only recently, others have embarked on the visual arts as a new career after years in other fields. Some were born and raised here in the Washington DC area, others hail from across the globe. Still, once in the AAC studio residency program, they all become something of a family. Spend some time looking at their pages, and please come visit during an Open Studio event.