A twelve week after-school program for high-school aged teens in which participants meet local professional artists, learn about their careers and specialized techniques, and produce work for exhibition to the public. This program is free to apply, participate in, and supplies are provided for those whose applications are accepted. The program meets on weekly from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  The application process is highly competitive and teens are required to submit their own applications.

Applications for the Fall 2018 Residency will become available in early August.

Financial assistance for the 2018 teen residency program has been provided by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs.



The Emerging Artist Residency program is a three month residency in which emerging artists undergo one-on-one career consulting, can participate in up to five professional development workshops free of charge ($199 value), have access to studio space (24/7) and documentation services, and are expected to research and produce one large-scale work or series of smaller works for presentation to the public. Resident Arts staff acts as support for professional guidance and marketing of the project through the course of the residency. There is a modest stipend and materials budget available.

Applicants are expected to submit a detailed summary of their project idea and a clear explanation for their interest in participating in the program. Emerging artists working in any visual medium are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Artists must submit by September 1, 2018 for the Fall residency.

Residency Proposal Guidelines


Spring 2018 Emerging Artist Residenct, Brandi Ynocencio >

Fall 2017 Emerging Artist Resident, Patrick Tapp >

Spring 2017 Emerging Artist Resident, Carina Jimenez >

Spring 2016 Emerging Artist Resident, Maddie Olmsted  >

Spring 2015 Emerging Artist Resident, Sarah Goodnow Riley-Land  >


For both applications, you will receive an automated response from Google Forms and should receive a response from a person within a few days. If you do not receive an email from a person, let us know:


Financial assistance for this program was provided in part by The City of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs.