Artist in Residence 2021

The Cultural Arts Center celebrates the launch of its ARTIST-in-RESIDENCE [AiR] program with an OPEN CALL for both ARTISTS & PANELISTS! The AiR program focuses on three main pillars: NATURE, WELLNESS, and CREATIVITY. Proposed projects by applicants who focus on one or more of these three pillars will be considered for funding. Diversity and Inclusion is a core focus of the City of Columbus and the Cultural Arts Center.



CALL FOR ARTISTS - Applications open Feb. 15 - Mar. 6, 2021

CALL FOR ARTISTS of visual, performing, literary and new media genres to apply to be a 2021 ARTIST-in-RESIDENCE at the Cultural Arts Center. AiR onsite + online.


RESIDENCY 1. |SPRING/SUMMER 2021| : May 11, 2021 – August 31, 2021
exhibition /performance run in Loft gallery : August 27 – October 2, 2021

RESIDENCY 2. |FALL/WINTER 2021| : Sept 14 – Jan 4, 2022
exhibition /performance run in Loft gallery : January 7 –February 12, 2022


* due to COVID or health and safety protocols, possible changes in schedule and/or availability of onsite use for safety reasons, etc.



+ (non-live-in, non-sound-proof) 760 square foot, lockable, studio space located on the second floor at Cultural Arts Center. There is a sink in the studio and restrooms are accessible by stairs or elevator on the 3rd floor.
+ scheduled exhibition / performance opportunities at the conclusion of AiR
+ community engagement sessions, both virtual and/or live such as “Conversations & Coffee”
+ access to multidisciplinary experts and creative network for critical discourse
+ stipend $1400


Artist must have a considered practice in their form. Artist must commit to use the AiR space during hours of operation only and in compliance with safety measures for Covid_19 and/OR community safety. Artist shall have “open studio hours” during CAC class times and engage with visitors and students. Artist agrees to comply with all guidelines established by the Cultural Arts Center management regarding studio space usage. No supplies are provided for the artist. Artist must agree to share their work and engage with community in ways that align with Artist’s health and values. Artist may be emerging or established in any genre of the visual, performing, literary or new media arts. Only individuals are eligible for consideration. Artists must reside in Franklin County and be at least 18 years old. Applicants for AiR may not be students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or degree-seeking program. AiR must commit to availability during the entire residency period. All applicants, panel and artists will help inform the AiR program and its ethic in Columbus, OH. Applicants will remain in the residency network as the program emerges from their engagement and feedback. You may apply to be on the panel OR to be a resident artist, you may not apply for both.

CALL FOR PANELISTS - Applications open Feb. 15 - Mar. 6, 2021

CALL FOR PANELISTS of artists and/or thinkers to apply to be on the panel that will choose the 2021 RESIDENT ARTISTS.



+ receive AiR application materials and work samples by 5pm, March 15, 2021
+ complete a review of materials and score proposed projects, using provided rubric, by April 5, 2021
+ assemble virtually with the other selected panelists to review, discuss and submit final scores for both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter Residencies during the week of April 6 -11, 2021.
+ an aggregate score from all panelists will determine awarded artists.
+ time commitment will be determined by number of applicants.
+panelists will receive an honorarium of $200 for their time and service.
+panelists must be 18 years of age and a Franklin County resident.
+ you may apply to be on the panel OR to be a resident artist, you may not apply for both.

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