WPA is pleased to announce the continuation of our Artist-Organizer Residency Program. During 2022–23, we are offering our space to two artist-organizers, one during the summer of 2022 and the other in the spring of 2023. Locally-based artist-organizers and artist-curators are encouraged to apply through this open call. We are accepting submissions until Sunday, April 24. 

The ten-week residency includes:
  • 800 sq. ft. street-level ADA compliant space with gallery lighting, slop sink, bathroom, kitchenette, Internet access, printer, video monitors, projectors, folding table, and chairs
  • 24/hr access (you will have private use of the space outside of our open hours)
  • Introduction to potential collaborators and resources including curators, scholars, archives, etc.
  • Curatorial and research support on a flexible schedule
  • Open studio event at the conclusion of the residency
  • $1,500 stipend and $500 material budget

We will prioritize applications from artists who are working on projects that emphasize collaboration and outreach, involving other artists and thinkers; and artists who are able to use the space for an average of 20 hours or more per week. Eligible kinds of projects include curatorial and editorial research, community organizing, or public programming. This residency is intended for self-directed exploration and experimentation—there is no requirement for specific outputs. 

The application portal is now closed. The deadline was on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Please contact Jordan Martin at jmartin@wpadc.org with any questions.

About this Residency Program

Early in the pandemic, we began using our gallery space as a residency to support and make visible artist-organized exchange and research. This is not WPA's first residence program—in the 1980s we had a designated apartment and studio space designed by the artist David Ireland. More recently, following our conversion to an artist-driven program model, we shared our space in 2018 with three artist mothers and their children for Artist Mother Studio, a project organized by the artist Amy Hughes Braden in 2018. Since the fall of 2020, we have hosted four Artist-Organizers-in-Residence: Brittney Washington, Bilphena Yahwon, Mikhail Ilyin, and currently Adele Kenworthy.


WPA is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Hickok Cole; National Endowment for the Arts; William S. Paley Foundation; Greater Washington Community Foundation; Goethe-Institut; Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF); Eaton Workshop; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation; JBG SMITH; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Squire Patton Boggs; Brookfield Properties; DAVIS Construction; and many other generous foundations, corporations, and individuals.


April 24, 2022