Open Call

Artist Residencies in Key West, FL

The Studios of Key West

No Funding
Key West, United States


Applications are evaluated by selection committees comprised of working artists and professionals in the applicants’ respective fields of discipline under the five categories: Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Musical Arts, and Performing Arts. Acceptance to The Studios’ residency program is based on the merit of past work and the potential for creative, intellectual and personal growth. Year-to-year, the acceptance rate averages at 12-13%. We expect this to remain the same this year. The Studios asks that applying artists submit supplementary materials to provide more information on their residency proposal (a guide to submissions is available at, as well as propose a special project as a component of the residency. This could be in the form of a workshop, artist talk, public reading, etc. and would be offered at The Studios of Key West in exchange for the residency, if awarded one.

Number of Participants

The Studios offers a residency program for emerging and established artists and writers designed to encourage creative, intellectual and personal growth. The program grants nearly 35 artists each year the time and space to imagine new artistic work, engage in valuable dialogue and explore island connections. Collaborative groups are accepted, up to 3-4 members. If the collaborative team is within the same discipline and will require only one live/work space, that they share to do their work, then they may apply with one application. Make this distinction clear on the application, and it would be helpful to the jury if the team mentions how and what of each individual input becomes a collaborative work. While collaborative groups are accepted, overnight visitors/guests at the residences are not allowed.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 16, 2020 - August 14, 2021


  • $40.00 application fee


Co-Working, Desk Space, Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Piano, Shared Studio, Stage


Guest House, Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Bathroom, Private Housing, Private Room


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Discussion, Exhibition, Mentors, Open Studios, Performances, Professional Development, Readings, Self-Directed, Seminars, Teaching Exchange, Work Exchange, Workshops


Acting, Animation, Architecture, Arts Administrator, Ballet, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Jewelry, Journalism, Literature, Makers, Mime, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Puppeteers, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Video Art, Video Games, Visual Arts



Program Description

Residencies are almost a month, and run from the 16th of the month through the 14th of the next. You’ll find that the Key West community is very welcoming to new people (especially creative ones!) – and there is never a shortage of things to do. Your time is yours to do with as you choose, of course, and we respect that you’ll need plenty of time to dream, reflect and create. How our residency program is responding to COVID 19: We have extended our residency deadline to give artists a little more time to complete their applications. While we will be postponing some of this year’s residencies until next season, we will also be selecting and placing new artists from our batch of current applications. Because we expect a drop in applications this year, we anticipate that the process will be no more competitive than in prior years. If an artist is awarded a residency but conditions prohibit them from joining us next season, their residency will rollover and be rescheduled when possible.

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