The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program awards West Philadelphia artists 1 year of free studio space at 40th & Chestnut Sts. In exchange, residents share their talents within West Philadelphia by leading workshops, teaching classes, exhibiting, etc. Founded by artist Edward M. Epstein in 2003 and managed by Gina Renzi since 2008, we address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia, assist artists with career development, and make the 40th Street area a nexus for visual arts.
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm
We'll alert ALL applicants by Friday June 26, 2015.
Thanks for your interest in the 40th Street
Artist-in-Residence Program. This letter describes the program and provides
information on the application process.
The mission of the
40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program is:
address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia by offering studios
rent-free, on a rotating basis, to visual artists who reside in/are strongly
affiliated with Philadelphia neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill River.
•To assist in the career growth of new
and emerging artists and those whose work has not been recognized in mainstream
•To enrich the 40th
Street area by placing artists here and allowing them to share their talents with
members of our community.
What you get and
what you give:
If accepted, you will be given a studio space at either 4007
Chestnut Street or 4013 Chestnut Street beginning September 1, 2015 and ending
August 15, 2016. You will be encouraged to use that time to develop your own
creative work. In exchange, you will be asked to share your talents with West
Philadelphia through a minimum of 40
hours of outreach service over the courseof
the residency. Examples of outreach projects include a public installation, a workshop,
or a class. You may work at a school, prison, hospital, nursing home, etc. Administrative
and modest financial support will be provided. In addition, all residents will
have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions.Monthly resident meetings (or
fewer/more when necessary) will facilitate this while creating opportunities to
foster community within the program. In addition to collaborating with your
fellow residents, a student intern and a part-time facilitator will help to
coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity,
• You must be a new or emerging artist. This does not
necessarily mean that you are a recent college graduate (though it’s fine if
you are!). You can be any age, at any stage of life.
• You must be affiliated with West Philadelphia, meaning you
live, work, volunteer, or create art here.
• Full time students may not apply.
• Former 40th Street artists-in-residence may not apply.
• Groups may not
apply, though collaborative duos may apply. Our studios cannot accommodate more
than two artists at a time.
• Artists who have applied in the past and were not accepted
Our sites are not live-in facilities. The studios are
available at all times, but the buildings are shared; you must be considerate
of other tenants. The spaces can accommodate a variety of creative activities,
including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, photography,
puppetry, and fiber art. The studios are too small for dance. Ceilings in most
studios are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); rooms range from 150-300
square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others do not. The
studios are not furnished. The buildings have small back yards that may be used
for assembling larger works, or as a place to exhibit sculpture. The spaces
have ventilation, running water, and 120- volt AC outlets. However, the
facilities will not accommodate highly toxic chemicals, welding, or very
high-powered electrical equipment. Note also that within the spaces, there is
open access to different work areas; we count on residents to show respect for
others’ property and privacy.