Artist Residency

Artist Residency

July 27-September 21, 2018

Entry Deadline: April 13, 11:59pm

Entry Fee: $35

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The Brookline Arts Center is seeking proposals for an eight-week artist residency in our historic firehouse turned art center in Brookline, MA. One dynamic solo artist or small collaborative group will have the opportunity to experiment and grow their body of work with the support of the BAC. Artist(s) selected will design, create and exhibit an installation or series of work in our unique gallery space. The residency will provide five weeks of artistic development and culminate with a three-week public exhibition.



All artists residing in United States are eligible to apply. All applications must be entered online through the BAC's submission form.


Residency Details

Selected artist(s) will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the residency. Benefits of the program include:

  • Studio space.
  • 24-hour access to 2D, ceramics, small metals studio (when classes are not in session) and gallery space to be used for art-making.
  • A formal critique at the mid-point and end of the residency.
  • Use of equipment, machines and tools (with proper instruction).
  • Opportunities to take classes with our faculty.
  • Administrative staff support.



Artist(s) are expected to create a site-specific, original installation or series of work for our gallery while in residence at the BAC. A site visit prior to submission is strongly encouraged. Artist(s) are encouraged to intereact with the environment of the BAC and the greater community of Brookline throughout the eight-week program. Exploration of and interaction with the community includes an open studio experience and a culminating reception showcasing the work. Two or three public talks and/or workshops will also be developed and presented, led by the artist(s) in residence with the goal of enriching the community through artistic engagement. Artist(s) are responsible for procurement of materials, furniture and supplies. Projects should be self -directed.



Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the artist(s). No alterations to the gallery space should be made without prior written permission from the Executive Director including, but not limited to ceiling screws and painting the walls. No aerosols or hazardous materials requiring specialized ventilation systems are allowed. The artist(s) should supply any A/V equipment necessary for the exhibit. The BAC will supply several sizes of hooks, screws and nails for hanging. Select pedestal and shelf sizes are available as well for presentation. Artist(s) will be required to return space to its original condition upon the completion of the exhibition.


Gallery Specifications

Work size is limited to the space available within the gallery itself, with limited options to expand on the second floor. The main gallery is approximately 127 square feet and includes a hanging wall that is 12' tall x 18' long. A second floor hallway that is 121 square feet is also available.


How to Submit

Please compile one PDF document made up of the submission materials listed below.  Then, submit your application by following the link at the bottom of this page.


Please title your document: LastName_FirstName_BACResidency2018.pdf


Proposal Narrative and Sketches


Artist Statement

Please include 5-10 images of recent work in your PDF document. Directly underneath each image, please provide the following information: title, media, dimensions and year completed.



Artists will be notified of their status via e-mail by 5:00pm on Friday, April 27, 2018. If your work is selected, BAC staff will schedule a meeting with you for a tour and logistics discussion.




This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.