This is the submissions page for Atlantic Center for the Arts. For a current residency schedule, please visit Master Artist-in-Residence Schedule. Master Artist that are currently accepting applications are listed below.

Carefully read all of the application requirements for each category you are applying to.

Please note: You cannot edit your submission after it has been completed.

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline (Extended): Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
My work interrogates the ruthless editing machine we call “history.” I seek to annotate the cultural record by turning a spotlight on figures swept (or forced) to the margins of public memory. Whatever trace these figures/stories leave is often too incomplete for traditional-form history. Theater may enter those gaps – it does not require a factually unbroken chain. 

So, I source real lives for live performance, but I am not a documentarian. I seek stories that have left enough trace to tantalize but been enough disappeared to offer me permission. I must be honest when accessing other people’s stories, I want to write what I want to write – the moral turf between honoring the fragmentary truth that spurred me and inventing the theatrical container that fulfills me as a “maker” is frighteningly hard to locate.

I am currently two-works along in a multi-play cycle rooted in 15 years: from 1967’s Summer of Love (not everyone’s love) to the first time the American mainstream press printed the word “AIDS” in 1982/3. 15 years in which change barreled forward then reared up in a sudden, panicked, mournful halt.

The first of these works was Radicals In Miniature, a series of textual/sonic odes to personal icons impacting “downtown” (alternative) culture in the late 1970’s/early 80’s. Many were felled by the disease that capped the era. Others couldn’t navigate the winnowing force of the latter 80’s “professionalizing” what were once creative margins. Still others never imagined translating their personal radicalism for public consumption - they disappeared when their “life-performance” ended. 

The second was 217 Boxes Of Dr. Henry Anonymous. In 1972 Dr. John Fryer donned an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous insisting homosexuality was not a mental disease but who was Dr. Fryer? Researching this work, I combed Fryer’s 217-box archive at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, unearthing three figures from his life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.

(Let me interject here to say I categorize Radicals In Miniature as a “piece” and 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous as a “play.” I am not hierarchical about these forms, they each have inherent demands and permissions that I enjoy or loathe. I work among them).

I am seeking textual theater artists (playwriting to performance or any self-designated territory in between) who utilize non-fiction history as source material. “History” I am defining as any event that has already transpired – this can include autobiography, oral history, interviews, correspondence, archival sources etc. 

- Where do you sit in a story that (supposedly) isn’t about you?

- What are the moral ramifications of including other people’s lives in your writing? 

- Where do you fit as a generative artist inventing theater amid the pre-existing parameters of a documented inspiration? 

- What is the relationship between the density of “real-life-time” VS what an audience can digest in “performance-time?”

- What do you owe to the specters that inspire you?

- How much of what you know/research/learn about your source material actually needs to be onstage in order to satisfy the need to make visible what has been obscured – and still make theater?

Our actual schedule will depend on who signs up.

I imagine daily individual sessions around material being developed and (perhaps a few times a week) group sessions reading work-in-process followed by moderated discussion.

If individual participants are up for showing work in more extensive formats (ie if we have solo artists who perform their own work) followed by moderated discussion – that will happen too.

I will also share documentation of some of my past works, NOT as ideals, purely as a launch for conversation around inherent challenge, promise and pitfalls. These may offer us the opportunity to all look at the same thing and note our differing perspectives without impacting the feelings of an artist still in process (the works are done so I am no longer vulnerable in that way).

Application Requirements:  

Prospective Associates should send:
1. A bio (one page maximum, PDF)

2. An Artist Statement: what do you write about and why? (one page, PDF)

3. A Residency Statement: goals or interests or aesthetic questions related to the residency and the use of non-fiction source material (one page maximum, PDF)

4. A work sample (20-page PDF or 10-minute video online via link - either be 10 min or provide cuing timing). Please note completion date and any production history.

5. A full-length script (PDF). Please note completion date and any production history.

Residency Fee: $900
 Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.
(Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify.)

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
 Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: No fee to  apply - FREE!
 If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline (Extended): Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

I am looking forward to working with musicians from all backgrounds to discuss the creative process and performing together in a casual workshop setting. We will primarily focus on strategies that help develop our own sound vocabulary and how to develop personal ways of composing and/or improvising. We will also work together using visual cues, graphic scores, musical game pieces and listening exercises. Various topics will range from listening, making sound, using silence, phraseology, rhythm, acoustics, timbre, ‘chemistry’, inherent character, impressions, performance art, to philosophical conversations.

Application Requirements

1. Letter of intent: What are your goals, interests, problems, questions, expectations, and other notes regarding this residency?

2. What instruments or former experience do you have?

3. A short biography

Residency Fee: $900
  Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.
(Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify.)  

 Scholarships / Financial Assistance
  Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: No fee to  apply - FREE!
  If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline (Extended): Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Dora García will select four Spanish (citizens) artists and four non-Spanish artists to participate in the residency program. ACA, in partnership with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy (https://www.spainculture.us/) will provide the four Spanish participants with $600 in transportation reimbursements and no charge to attend the residency. All non-Spanish artists may apply for financial assistance.

Residency Statement:
As an artist, I like to challenge received/ conventional ideas on art processes, art production, institutions, and authorship. I enjoy working on the crossovers, intersections, and contaminations of different disciplines, sometimes clearly interconnected, like literature, poetry, cinema and visual arts, sometimes not so easily related, like politics, ecology, history, psychoanalysis, and visual arts. So, I would very much to work with artists of every discipline - not only visual arts- who similarly enjoy Interdisciplinarity, indiscipline, and contamination. Other strong interests of mine more related to working processes are; contexts, site-specificity, popular culture, and audiences. So, the workshop will have an important component of group dynamics (What do we want, as a group?) site specificity (Where are we working?) and the notion of public (For whom are we working, who are we talking to?).

Application Requirements:  
1. Letter of intent - no longer than 500 words, describing your artistic background, current practice, and where you want to go (their future practice). (.pdf, .docx, .doc)  

2. Two images, that can be of your own work, or of something you think represents well your work (.jpeg or .pdf.  -  no more than 5 mb per file.)

Residency Fee:  $900  (Citizens of Spain will not be charged to attend this residency)

 Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.
(Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify.)  

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: No fee to apply - FREE!
  If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 21 to March 13, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Master Artist Residency Statement:
I am very excited to work with artists and architects in any media. With the studio format as a mode of collaboration and feedback, we’ll meet as a group but will also have lots of time for individual conversations about your work. We can also engage with the ACA campus (its landscape, ecologies, habitats) and even the coastal environment around New Smyrna Beach. 

I am interested in the process of making at the intersections of art and architecture. I’m also fascinated with margins and boundaries—whether they are found at the edges of practice, space, time, or place. They might occur between land and water, past and future, temporary and permanent, memory and matter, thinking and making, designing and building, climate change and resilience, one discipline and another, or any other frontiers that might intrigue and inspire you. 

The size and scope of your work can range from full-scale constructs to something the size of your hand, or even smaller. Outcomes can be two-dimensional, three-dimensional, text-based, or a combination. Goals are to complete a focused project, but also to refine ways of working. I hope that both results will serve as springboards to future projects.

Application Requirements:
(Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; .docx, .pdf, .jpg). 

To be considered, please include the following items…

1. Bio 

2. CV 

3. Letter of intent that outlines your goals and a proposed project (300 word maximum) 

4. Samples of previous work. This material can be submitted as a series of JPG’s (maximum of 15, limited to 5mb for each file) or as a single PDF (maximum of 15 pages). This dossier can include images of work, photographs, computer renderings, drawings, sketches, writing, and/or other media. Videos are also welcome (if longer than 10 minutes, please submit a link to the video in a PDF document).

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.
(Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify.)   
Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: No fee to  apply - FREE!
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 21 - March 13,  2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
I look forward to working with writers of unconventional fiction and creative nonfiction. By “unconventional” I do not mean experimental; I mean accessible work that does not concern itself with the conventions of genre, does not worry about including all the right tropes or genre expectations, but creates its own expectations, whether through structure, voice, hybridization of genres, or any other means--work that is distinctive and unique and not an imitation of any other writer’s work. I envision our group spending three weeks in a casual workshop format reading and reacting to Associates’ work, individually and as a group, so that every Associate returns home with a useful insight or two into how to craft work that rises above mere convention. I would like to spend each of the first ten sessions work-shopping one short piece (10 pages or so) from each of two different Associates; this should leave plenty of time for questions and conversation, and will allow each Associate to showcase two different pieces before the final week. That week will be reserved for catching up (if we have failed to get two critiques in per day) and individual meetings with me.

Application Requirements:

Up to ten pages of prose and a brief narrative summary of your publications and writing goals.

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals. (Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify.)  
 

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: No fee to  apply - FREE!
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 21 to March 13, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Master Artist Residency Statement

I am interested in building a community of artists and exploring how we create, why we create and how our environment drives us to make choices. Our time together will involve discussions about the importance of our dance making in this current climate, how we collaborate with other artists and the questions we deeply ask ourselves. I am looking for dance makers of every level who are interested in exploring new territory in their craft making. Together, both individually and collectively we will investigate new modes of creating on ourselves and others. Come with a project in mind or already in process.   

Application Requirements:
(Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; mp3, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please, no more than 5 mb per file. 

To be considered, please include the following items… 

1. A recent resume. 

2. A video of a work that you feel most represents your artistry. Preferably a link to a Vimeo page, but could also download via We Transfer.  

3. Share three statements describing your work and elaborate 

4. List one work of art (visual, film, novel, dance, theater, etc) that has inspired your dance making and why

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.
(Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering full scholarships to accepted artists who qualify.)   
Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: No fee to apply - FREE!
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 16 to June 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

I am looking to work with other writers of performance text who are exploring - or who deeply want to explore - intuitive working modes that uncover new narrative structures, through an emphasis on detail, texture, pattern, process, imagery, spatial awareness, and alternate ways of knowing. If your practice of live-performance-making is characterized by a marked disregard for the ‘right’ way of writing or making, then I would encourage you to please apply for this residency! We will be questioning the rules and our obedience to them. We will be multiplying the possibilities of meaning and our ways of making it. If you are given to combining text-writing with other procedures of expression – including visual/audio modalities, movement forms, ritual technologies, or activism, whether you are ‘good at’ them or not - even better! We will convene each day at tea-time (4pm), and by 4:30 we will enter into a group creative space that can include instruction, individual presentation, feedback, discussion, brainstorming, meditation, and definitely problem-making, until dinner hour. 

Application Requirements

(Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; .docx, .pdf, .jpg. and no more than 5mb per file please.) 

In your Letter of Intent, please tell me about your influences and interests. If you have a chip on your shoulder when it comes to any aspect of your practice or the landscape in which your practice lives, tell me about that also. Please include a twenty-page performance writing sample and a sample from one other aspect of your practice, at which you do not need to be skilled necessarily. If you have any video samples of live performances of your work, I would like to take a brief (5-10 minutes total) look at them.  

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 16 to  June 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
I look forward to working with a group of composers and sound artists of both acoustic and electroacoustic mediums who want to dig deep into our shared and individual practices by exploring working methods, aesthetics, craft, and modes of presentation.

I am particularly interested in exploring the relationships between other media and stimuli and working with sound. How do our external influences and collaborators influence our making? What are our roles in our community and ecosystem?  How do we choose to deliver our intentions? And most importantly, why are we making/composing sound now?

Artists of all styles/genres are encouraged to apply. The more diverse our community, the richer our mutual learning will be!

Application Requirements:

  • CV/Resumé
  • Letter of Intent describing who you are, why you are interested in this residency, and what you hope to explore (questions, concepts, projects, etc.) during our time together.
  • 2-3 work samples (PDFS, links to streamable audio/visual media, as appropriate to your practice).


Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

The primary goal of this residency will be to explore the concept of community in the imagining, realization, and diffusion of music through inclusive experimentation and intensive collaboration. Artists working with sound in any capacity are welcome to apply, as long as they have a desire to transform and combine their existing practices and experiences with those of others, including all Associate Artists and the Atlantic Center for the Arts community at large. 

Application Requirements

  • A one-page bio;
  • A letter of intent that addresses applicant’s past collaborative endeavors and community-oriented artistic aspirations;
  • Electronic links to 3 sharable (no download or login requirements) samples of recent works in whatever format(s) deemed pertinent to your practice.


Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

Carol Becker: The New Now

Today we are living in a society that has been turned in on itself. A New Yorker a writer called our time, “The New Different.”  I am calling it the New Now. And in this world, that must take seriously how we are already altered by this pandemic, we can ask what will be the role of artists? Will it be the same or different, if essential then how?  

I am interested in artists who think about such things and who make work about such things and are interested in where and how art and they fit into society––now and into the future. 

Because our present condition speaks to the imbalances of our physical world, we will need art that operates on many levels–– I am interested in it all: art that speaks to climate change and the fragility of humans and the planet, art that touches the unconscious, art that reminds us that nature and beauty can be healing, art that understands that we are complex beings who understand ourselves and our identities in very distinct ways. All such work, if done effectively has impact.

At present we have to consider what does it mean that while we humans are stopped or paused, the planet is regenerating. Our absence helps other species to live more healthfully. How can we, the collective, talk about the new life we should be considering, as we observe how a greater balance is achieved when we are no longer able to pollute the world to such an extent.

I would like to bring together a group of artists who take their role in society, seriously and who are interested in the complexity of our present condition and want to discuss it and approach it in original ways, in their work.

There is no one type of media or practice that does this more successfully than others; there is only intention–– what artists are trying to accomplish. 

For the Associates, it would be excellent to have a group of artists and writers who would like to discuss this range of thinking, across different practices, whether in painting, film, installation, essays, memoir and so forth. The most important thing is that the work tries to address its relationship to a larger world outside itself, and has succeeded or failed in interesting ways.

There will be readings and discussion that will range from excerpts from the classics––writings by philosopher Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace,  Buddhist teachings such as Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, the poetry of William Blake, and works by thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, and Fred Moten.

I would also hope to welcome a mix of writers, artists, and thinkers working in multiple forms, so that feedback about the work crosses disciplines and orientations. A global, and diverse group if possible, would be ideal, since societies and cultures differ in how they understand the importance of contemporary art.


Application Requirements

For the application: I would like to see samples of work, enough to witness a trajectory of thought and I would like each person to write a short statement of intention that addresses how the time of the residency will be used and useful, how working in a retreat situation while coming together as a group for conversation and critique, will help the artist’s/writer’s practice. And I’d like to know how the world is looking to the applicant artist/writer/thinker today in this Covid-19 (and eventually post-Covid), climate changed world. 

1) A short clear statement on intent. It should be no longer than 4 pages and should explain a bit about your own history––who you are, what your work is about, how you would use the time of the residency, and why you would be interested in thinking together with such a group.

2) No more than 20 carefully selected images with brief explanations of media and scale for each.

3) If a video is submitted, it should be no more than 7 minutes in duration. It should also include a link to a pdf format.

4) If a writer is applying, then a one page summary of intent and a sample of writing that is no more than 20 pages and one or two more links to writing if appropriate.


Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
This residency is an opportunity for cartoonists/graphic novelists* to focus on their work and interact with accomplished peers. You may be ready to start a new piece, or come with a project that’s already underway. If you plan to come with work-in-progress, please bring work that is not so close to completion that you can’t benefit from critique or suggestion.
We will spend the earlier part of the day working on our projects and join later in the afternoon or evening for group discussion and critique. I’ll also meet regularly with individual artists.
* particularly “auteur” creators; those who are the author of both the images and textual elements of their work.

Application Requirements:
Your materials may be submitted in any of the following common file formats; .pdf, .jpg, .mp4, .mov, .mp3. If your combined files exceed 25 mb, please organize them in one discrete folder shared on dropbox or google drive and send the link with permission to download your submissions.
 

  1. 3-5 complete comics stories (1-30 pages each) -or- a graphic novel/comic book plus one separate story, 1-15 pages in length). Please compile each story into a single .pdf (don’t submit loose pages).
  2. 2-5 examples of non-comics work, such as painting, sculpture, film, short stories, music, manifestos, performance, academic articles, photography, journalism, etc.
  3. a one-page CV
  4. a one-page description of who you are and how you hope this residency will help you.

Accepted artists should bring the drawing tools they prefer. Please also bring a blank 5” x 7” sketchbook, a laptop, and a camera or other device with which you can take photographs. Bring examples of previous work (printed or projectable).


Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 10 to 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Art has the power to make visible that which too often goes unseen and unacknowledged. As a multidisciplinary artist, I am committed to making artwork that has a profound impact on viewers’ understanding—both intellectual and emotional.
I’m looking to mentor and work with visual artists that combine disciplines within their practice.
The 3 week engagement will also include a workshop that will address strategies to advance your creative practice.  

Application Requirements:

Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; jpeg, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please, no more than 5 mb per file.
To be considered, please include the following items…

- CV (no more than 3-pages)
- A short (400-800 words) letter of intent. What you would like to do during the residency.
-What are you current goals as an artist? (400-600 words)
- List 2-5 Prior projects description and documentations (websites, etc.). Submit links in a  
separate document. State your role in the project.
- Send up to 10 images (.jpg)  and/or up to 10 minutes of online video - Please include separate
document with links to online work (YouTube, Vimeo, web site, etc.) (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
Please include image description sheet for slides.

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

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