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Photography resident Arleen Thaler in the Photography & Digital Arts office
Ceramics resident Kelly Justice giving a lecture to ceramics students at Rochester Institute of Technology
Ceramics residents Ryan Snow and Ryan Schultz's final exhibit, Walk a Mile in Our Shoes
From Photography resident Stephanie Mercede's exhibit Luz del Dia
Printmaking & Book Arts resident Susan Doran with her Victorian hair wreath on exhibit after her residency

Flower City Arts Center

Flower City Arts Center is proud to offer Artist Residencies to between 5 and 10 local and national artists every year. Artists are accepted while in all stages of their careers. Each Artist in Residence (AIR) focuses on work made in our three different program areas: Printmaking & Book Arts, Ceramics, and Photography & Digital Arts. Multidisciplinary artists are encouraged to apply; the primary medium should be in one of the three program areas.

All AIRs will receive unlimited access to the program area of their main medium (including the use of studio space and classes), as well as access to the resources and classes of the other program areas.

AIRs are a dynamic part of the community at Flower City Arts Center, and are expected to engage with our studio community for a minimum of 10 hours a week. This engagement can include holding open studio time, teaching classes, and production assistance, based on the abilities of the artist and the needs of the department. Please see the Residency Descriptions below for more details.

All residencies will culminate in a public presentation of the work created while at Flower City Arts Center. This presentation can include but is not limited to, an exhibition, an artist talk, or an online exhibition.

There is no fee for the application. There are no studio fees. Stipends are offered to AIRs when funding is available.

The application period for Residencies is open until April 15. Our application can be viewed online here:


Rochester, New York: United States

We are a community-based not-for-profit that educates, encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the arts. Established in 1970, The Flower City Arts Center is located in a historic firehouse, built in 1895-1905. The third largest city in New York State, Rochester is situated at the mouth of the Genesee River and was the first Erie Canal “boomtown.” It is the cultural capital of Upstate New York and one of the most arts-vibrant cities in the country. Affordable and accessible, Rochester is a six-hour drive from New York City, three hours from Toronto and 90 minutes from Niagara Falls.


  • Residency Length: 6 weeks - 12 months (photography); 12 months (ceramics, printmaking & book arts)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5-10
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 5


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

    BFA or MFA degree is preferred though not required. Desire to teach required.

  • Application deadline: April 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
  • Accessibility: no
    The Flower City Arts Center is ADA compliant.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking

Residency Fees

There is no fee for the application. There are no studio fees.

Stipends / other support

Stipends are offered to AIRs when funding is available. Basic studio supplies are provided, including glaze and firing for ceramics residents.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents participate in various ways in the studio and contribute through support of studio operations, teaching classes, and participation in special events. 10 hours a week of studio or teaching responsibilities are required, depending on the needs of each department.

Contact Information

713 Monroe Ave
Rochester, New York 14607
United States