BCA Studio Residency FAQ

What is the BCA Studio Residency? 

Boston Center for the Arts is a non-profit Visual and Performing Arts Center. We support working artists to create, perform, and exhibit new works; develop new audiences; and connect the arts to community.

BCA is launching a new cross- and multidisciplinary studio residency program to foster and support access, equity and experimentation in the arts and in new art being created in Boston.  Our new BCA Studio Residency program will provide selected artists with work-only studio space in BCA’s Artist Studios Building located at 551 Tremont Street in Boston’sSouth End, along with access to a roster of programs and professional support geared towards nurturing a vibrant and diverse community of artists in Boston.   The program will begin with a pilot cohort of approximately 12-15 artists; this first group of artists will have access to studio space and other program benefits starting July 1, 2021.

Is there a cost associated with the program? 

The BCA Studio Residency includes a studio fee that ranges from $240 – $900 per month based on studio size.   Studio fees are calculated at a rate of $20 sq ft/year, or 60% off market rate.  We are working to be able to offer opportunities for need-based and merit-based financial aid as the program grows.

What are the program’s benefits to artists?

Each BCA Studio Resident artist will be provided with 24/7 access to an individual, work-only studio space in BCA’s Artist Studios Building at 551 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End for a term of 2-years, with the opportunity to renew for a third year.  Studios range from 140-540 square feet.  Studio space includes free Wi-Fi and heat, and reduced rate access to available rehearsal space at BCA, as well as access to a vibrant professional community, opportunities for public visibility for their work, and support for artistic development through participation in a range of programmatic events and activities.


In addition to 24/7 access to individual studio space and reduced rate access to rehearsal space at BCA,, BCA Studio Residents will be expected to participate in:

  • Fall, Winter or Spring “Virtual Group Show”: BCA Studio residents will each participate in at least one of a series of three online programs, presented by BCA to create public dialogue and share thoughts and work being created at BCA;
  • Ongoing Virtual studio visits: BCA will arrange for BCA Studio residents to have the opportunity to engage in at least two virtual visits with curators or other relevant arts professional for feedback and network development; and
  • Annual Spring “BCA Open House”: the new annual, campus-wide BCA produced event will launch in Spring 2022 as an opportunity for artists at BCA to welcome the public into their studios, as well as to present performances and installations across campus.

What is the philosophy of the selection process? 

BCA has adopted an artistic ethos that we apply to all of our residency programs. Our goal is to gather a diverse and inclusive community of artists for the purpose of supporting innovative work across disciplines, connecting artists with peers and resources, and providing a vibrant platform for new art in Boston.

Each application will be evaluated based on artist’s demonstration of:

Experimentation. Does the artist’s practice display innovation, openness to new ideas, perspectives and techniques?

Responsiveness. Is the artist’s work relevant, topical, in dialogue with issues of contemporary interest?

Balance. Does the artist think holistically about the relationships between art and life?

Community engagement. Does the artist demonstrate a willingness and aptitude for significant give and take exchange among colleagues and audiences? and

Potential impact. How does the artist articulate the impact of this residency on their practice?

Who can apply?

BCA Studio Residency welcomes applicants working in all media, including artists with community-based public art practices, artists interested in further developing curatorial skills and projects, and artists with movement- or performance-based practices. 

How does the selection process work? 

An invited panel of artists and arts professionals will review applications and select artists for the residency cohort launching in July 2021.   

Artists will be selected based on the strength of their application in light of the articulation of Boston Center for the Arts’ core Artistic Ethos, above.  Strong consideration will be given to creating a diverse cohort of applicants, with priority for BIPOC artists, taking into account each applicant’s potential contribution to building a community of artists, as well as potential transformative effect of the residency on their individual artistic practice.   This includes willingness to participate in public events, interact with the public and fellow artists, and be involved in BCA activities.

 We do not accept students currently enrolled in school, however a BA, MA, BFA or MFA is not required.

We do accept collectives, however we ask that you apply by way of a single application.

BCA Studio Residency  alumni must wait one year to reapply following their last residency.

How do I apply? 

Applications are submitted online via JotForm. If you are unable to complete an online application please contact us at visualarts@bostonarts.org

*Tip: We recommend compiling and saving your application materials on a separate word or google document as JotForm does not offer a “save” option.

I have a full-time job. Can I still be a part of this Residency? 

Yes. We get it. Most Boston artists often have full- or part-time jobs to support their artistic practice. The BCA Studio Residency will require participation in certain events, as noted above, however we will work with artists to ensure a healthy balance between life and art to the extent possible.   And do keep in mind that ultimately, you should make sure your schedule supports getting the most out of the residency.

What should we keep in mind regarding Covid-19 safety during the residency? 

Covid. Is. Real. And we want to be sure we are keeping all of our artists and staff safe and Covid-free. Residents will be required to agree to and follow BCA’s Covid-19 guidelines as well as any City and State regulations, including wearing masks when in the common areas of the studios building and following social distancing guidelines. BCA provides sanitizing materials and daily cleaning and/or sanitization of common space in the studios building. 


Have another question? Let us know. Email us at visualarts@bostonarts.com.