About the Resident Artist Program

AAC’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 AAC’s operations, and engage with the community by periodically opening their studios to the public.

AAC 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 AAC. Each resident artist has a rotating opportunity to participate in a solo exhibition in AAC’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 AAC’s residency program. Selection criteria include artistic merit, potential for collaborative outreach to the community, and diversity of artist representation.

AAC 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 AAC’s programming schedule.

All studio vacancies are announced on our website. For more information, sign up for our artists mailing list, or email us at information@arlingtonartscenter.org.

Negar Ahkami: Le Caftan, Le Turban

Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery Le Caftan, Le Turban features new work by AAC resident artist Negar Ahkami. In her recent paintings, Ahkami depicts European film and fashion icons clad in …

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