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Past Artist Residents: (l.) Stacy Scibelli, "Made with Love," 2012 (r.) Siobhan Rigg, "After Now," 2012

Boston Center For the Arts

The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a not-for-profit performing and visual arts campus that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects the arts to community. Located in Boston’s South End, the largest landmark district in the United States covering more than 500 acres, the BCA, is dedicated to incubating and showcasing the performing and visual arts of our time. Occupying an historic city block on a four-acre parcel of land bordered by Tremont Street, Clarendon Street, Warren Avenue and Berkeley Street, the BCA is a resource to Greater Boston providing a creative “home” for artists, a welcoming arts destination for audiences, and an art connection for city youth and communities.

The BCA presents contemporary works by established and emerging local, regional, national and international visual artists. During each exhibition, the BCA provides multiple opportunities to engage with the artwork and artists through artist talks, curator talks and other related events.

The Public Art Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) will be selected through a juried, open call process. This twelve-week, process-oriented residency provides an environment for artists to experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas while simultaneously engaging in active public dialogue. The residency is awarded to one artist (or artist team) per year to create a temporary public artwork for the BCA’s historic plaza that highlights the BCA as an artistic hub. The program encourages artists to connect to the public not only by way of the completed, temporary artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing their residency project. It is an ideal opportunity for emerging or experienced artists who would like to further develop a piece that engages a variety of audiences and adds to the arts experience of the BCA campus.


Boston, Massachusetts: United States


  • Residency Length: Two, 15-week residencies
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 2
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 50


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Two fifteen-week residencies: Artist Residency #1: Monday, September 9, 2013 – Friday, December 20, 2013 Artist Residency #2: Monday, February 3, 2014 – Friday, May 16, 2014

    National and international artists are invited to apply; however, all artists are responsible for their own visa, travel, living and housing expenses. With the BCA’s commitment to local artists, at least one resident will be an individual based in Massachusetts.

    A review panel will select two artists. Only artists who apply through this call will be considered for the program. Artists who have been awarded a BCA Artist Residency must wait three years before applying again.

  • Application deadline: February 21

Past Residents & Quotes

"This has been a great opportunity for me to engage with the public (a public that was largely unaware of my work) and has allowed me explore certain projects I would not been able to execute without access to a new community."
— Stacy Scibelli

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

No residency fees

Stipends / other support

Financial Support: Artists receive a $2,700 honorarium. $2,000 will be issued at the beginning of the residency. The last $700 will be released contingent upon the program’s completion unless an alternate agreement is made between the artist and the BCA. Studio Space: Artists are provided with a private studio in the BCA Artist Studios Building, which houses a community of nearly 50 artists including painters, printmakers, sculptors, filmmakers, craftspeople, writers, performing artists and others. -24-hour access to studio -Studio assistant (8-12 hours a week) -Curatorial visits and professional development opportunities organized by the BCA -Windows and independently controlled heating unit -Sinks and running water are available on the floor (not in the studio) -Fourth-floor, 239 square foot space -Artist will be responsible for transporting supplies to fourth floor studio (with assistance from BCA interns and visual arts staff, if needed) NOTE: no internet access in studio and no elevator in building

Additional expectations / opportunities

 Public Programs: Artists will be expected to present their work to the public, through open studios, workshops and talks. To review past Artist Residency projects and public programming visit: Media and Press: A vital part of the Artist Residency Program at the BCA is public awareness. The artist is expected to participate in press interviews, media tours and other such requests.

Contact Information

539 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
United States