Research and Practice Residency


The Residency Project @ 880 is now accepting proposals for our Summer 2019 Research and Practice Residency Program.


WHO SHOULD APPLY: Mid-career and established professional artists seeking the help of a dedicated research/studio assistant.

Please note: This program does not accept applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program (unless at the PhD level). Degree-seeking students are encouraged to check out our Retreat Residency or Fellowship Programs.

RESIDENCY PERIOD: Two weeks between early-June and late-September




The Research and Practice Residency Program is a two-week residency that offers time and space for you to live and work with the help of a dedicated fellow. Although we don’t expect our artist-in-residence to produce a “final product,” applicants should have a specific project in mind that they plan to work on with some concrete ideas about how they will conduct research and/or make documentable progress.

Included in your program fee is full room and partial board (some meals provided) for you and your fellow. Days 1 and 14 are arrival and departure days. Also included is up to 72 hours of assistance by a dedicated fellow.

We pair you with a student fellow whose skill sets and research interests align with your project. The fellow will be prepared to assist you with your artistic research and professional practice throughout your two-week residency. Staff will work with you in advance of your residency to establish a schedule "scaffold" which gives some structure but allows for enough flexibility that you and your fellow can experiment, explore, and evolve your project as needed.

This is a developmental opportunity for the fellow as much as the fellow is there to provide substantial assistance to your work. You should be willing to talk openly with the fellow about the trajectory of your work and your process, and provide substantive assignments and clear task instructions for them. At the end of the residency period, you will be asked to complete a brief performance evaluation for your fellow, which is for the sole purpose of their professional development.

A fellow will be selected once we know more about the goals and requirements of your project. Student applications are vetted by Residency Staff with your needs and input in mind. The fellow will be selected to directly assist you in your research and practice and should demonstrate the skill set needed to adequately drive forward the progress on your project. At the same time, the student fellow should receive your mentorship and clear directives about how they can assist your project. The residency application will ask you to identify what qualifications the fellow should have. The application will also ask you to define the student learning opportunities inherent in your project and their partnership with you.

The fellow will be expected to work approximately 6-8 hours a day for 10-12 days for a total of 72 hours, which can include prep work, assigned tasks, research, and clean-up.

See Facilities for more details about the live/work space and available resources.


Applicants are judged by the merits of their project proposal and the strength of their submitted work samples.

Accepted artists will be asked to complete a packet for information regarding their project needs so the residency program can be designed accordingly.