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Atlantic Center for the Arts Master-in-Residence

Since 1982, Atlantic Center's residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Each residency includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates - emerging and midcareer artists - through a competitive application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, interact/collaborate, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere, unstructured program and lush, unspoiled environment provide considerable time for artistic experimentation, exploration and creation.


New Smyrna Beach, Florida: United States

Located just five miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios for painting, sculpture, music/recording, writing, and dance, a black box theater, digital computer lab, and resource library. Modern studios on 69 acres of lush palmetto and pine forest in the midst of 2,200 acres of ecological preserve, on the richest tidal estuary in North America.


  • Residency Length: 3 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 25
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 115
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 600


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Master Artists set criteria and select 6-9 Associate Artists with whom to work.

  • Application deadline: February 16, May 18, June 22, November 01

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Edward Albee, Nan Goldin, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Rauschenberg, Sharon Olds, Brice Marden, George Lewis, Paula Vogel, Sekou Sundiata, Thomas Struth, Sonia Sanchez, Ralph Lemon, Allen Ginsberg, Eiko & Koma, Merce Cunningham, Gillian Wearing, John Corigliano, Cecil Taylor, Reynolds Price
I cannot praise the architecture and game plan for ACA highly enough. For professional creative artists this program is a godsend.
— Eric Bogosian, playwright

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Housing has air conditioning/heating, work desk, small refrigerator; no wireless internet access.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Almost all meals are provided. Vegetarian and nonvegetarian options at all meals; local/fresh/organic ingredients emphasized; special dietary needs addressed on individual basis; weekend meals not provided; twice-weekly trips to grocery store arranged.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Four housing units are dedicated to individuals with limited accessibility.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Fiber arts, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Music recording studio, Painting, Photography (digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    Communal studio space with 24-hour access.
  • Other facilities and services: Laundry facilities, local pay phone, fax/copier service, bicycles/locks available. Twice-weekly trips to local stores provided. Recreational outings arranged as desired.

Residency Fees

$850/3-week residency, includes meals and housing; does not include artist materials or transportation

Stipends / other support

Full and partial scholarships provided.

Additional expectations / opportunities

No expectations, unlimited opportunities!

Contact Information

1414 Art Center Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
United States