MoCA Arlington’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. Residents become part of a creative community that enables them to exchange ideas, engage in meaningful conversation, and expand their practice. Residents contribute four hours each month to assist with MoCA Arlington’s operations, and engage with the community by periodically opening their studios to the public.
MoCA Arlington currently offers subsidized studio space for 12 artists. Studios range from 300 square feet for a solo space, to 600 square feet for a shared, two-artist space. All studios have excellent windows, work sinks, and vaulted ceilings with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. The studios are private, except when they are open to the public 4-5 times each year in conjunction with exhibition opening receptions. Artists may also open their studios upon request for other special events and public programs at MoCA Arlington. Each resident artist has a rotating opportunity to participate in a solo exhibition in MoCA Arlington’s Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery.
Every professional artist in the Washington, DC area is eligible to apply for a two-year residency in one of our subsidized studios. Artists can renew twice, limiting the total residency to six years. This is done to allow as many local artists as possible to benefit from MoCA Arlington’s residency program. Selection criteria include artistic merit, potential for collaborative outreach to the community, and diversity of artist representation.
MoCA Arlington reserves one studio for a short-term residency program, creating an opportunity for artists to focus on specific projects or realize large-scale works. Short-term residents have access to a light-filled 600-square foot studio space for a duration of between two and nine months, depending upon the needs of the artist and MoCA Arlington’s programming schedule.