Photo by Brad Wakoff | The Davis Sisters, Junk Drawer

Run of the Mills Residency

Please note: Applications for the 2021-2022 Run of the Mills Residency will open in spring 2021.

The  Run of the Mills Residency supports art that defies categorization. This series provides resources to produce multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects for site-responsive, short duration exhibitions, performances, and events of all stripes at the Mills Gallery at BCA.

Artists take over the Mills Gallery for one week between exhibitions to experiment and create a new work. Generally, selected projects receive access to the empty gallery from Wednesday through Sunday. As a loose framework, each program should contemplate one or two public access points, of which one could be a performance and the other an additional performance, workshop, artist talk, gallery hours, other happening, or additional format that best serves the proposed project. This mini-lab offers artists the opportunity to experiment and share their work with the public in a unique setting. Run of the Mills series features artist-driven projects exploring elements as varied as written word, dance, video, cooking, fashion, and interactive sound elements.

The series is co-curated by the  artistic programming team.


  • Projects that blur the lines between the worlds of performance, interaction, sound, movement, and visual arts
  • Projects that weave together multiple art forms and engage new audiences will be given priority
  • Proposals that significantly vary from performance format are welcome


Current Resident:

Spring 2021 – Live Nude Girls, Julie Ann Otis 


Past Residents:

Spring 2020 – The Davis Sisters are Absolutely in Love All the Time, Always and Forever, The Davis Sisters

Fall 2019 – El despojo: ¿Alguien ha/Has Anyone?, Yara Liceaga-Rojas

Summer 2019 – Lavender, Audrey Harrer

Spring 2019 – Adobo-Fish-Sauce, Anthony Febo and Ricky Orng

Fall 2018 – The Weight of Inheritance, Lisa Crossman

Summer 2018 – Interstellar Sanctuary, Anna Wexler and Jesseca Ferguson

Spring 2018 – Rainbow Collapse, Anya Smolnikova and Jared Williams

Fall 2017 – Laboratory of Longings, Ani Liu

Spring 2017 – Sliver Foxes, Liz Roncka and Jason Sanford

Fall 2016 – Searching for a Phase Change, LaneCoArts

Spring 2016 – The Plastic Practitioner, Boring Angel

Fall 2015 – OFF GRID, Nate Tucker

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