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HUB-BUB is an artist-in-residence program hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC designed to provide time and space for emerging artists to live free and create. Two residencies will be offered to studio artists for 11-months, from September 2018 – July 2019, during which the artists will receive a monthly stipend, studio space, and housing with utilities paid. During their residency, we expect our resident artists to hold regularly scheduled open studio hours for 15 hours each week during which they will be available to discuss their work and their process with the public. To be eligible, applicants must have received a BFA or MFA in studio art within the last 5 years or be scheduled to complete their degree in the spring 2018.


Housing and Stipend: Artists-in-Residence will be provided with an unfurnished apartment in downtown Spartanburg. All utilities, including internet, will be provided, although the artists-in-residence must provide their own wireless router. A monthly stipend of $850 will be paid on the 5th of each month for the 11-month period, but no additional benefits will be provided. Exact housing location will be finalized by early

Studio Space: The Artists-in-Residence will be provided with studio space at the Chapman Cultural Center. The studio is approximately 300 sq. feet of shared space and attached to the HUB-BUB offices. Due to the limitations of the space and the public nature of the program, the use of specialty equipment or hazardous materials is prohibited. The studio will only be accessible to the artists from 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, and from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Community Engagement: In addition to providing time and space for our resident artists to work, the purpose of this program is to continue to build a vibrant and healthy community through opportunities for cultural enrichment. Because of this, we will expect that our resident artists will hold regularly scheduled open studio hours during which visitors to the Chapman Cultural Center will be able to come and observe the resident artist as they work and engage with them in conversation about their process. Additionally, we will ask our resident artists to attend regular meetings with staff, participate in Chapman Cultural Center and community events (monthly art walk, festivals, board meetings, etc.), and occasionally contribute to offsite events, conduct workshops, or give talks about their work to partnering institutions. While we aim to create a space where the primary focus of our resident artists is the time and space to work, they should expect to commit 15 – 25 hours each week on community engagement and other organizational activities.

Eligibility and Restrictions: To be eligible to participate in the program, applicants must have received, or be scheduled to receive, a BFA or MFA in studio art within the last 5 years. Aside from the limitations of the studio space, we have no preferences in terms of medium or process, so long as the artists are excited to include the Spartanburg community in their work. Due to the nature of the program, our housing will not be able to accommodate partners, pets, or children.


Spartanburg, South Carolina: United States

The Chapman Cultural Center’s mission is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. We provide major funding and education for many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. Its educational programs serve more than 40,000 public and private school students throughout Spartanburg County, with residencies by professional artists in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, literature, media, theatre, and crafts. Our campus is home to several partner organizations where we collectively host around 390 events annually that attract over 350,000 visitors. More information about the Chapman Cultural Center and our partner organization can be found on our website.


  • Residency Length: 11 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 2
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 75 - 100


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Application deadline: May 01

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Anna Abhau Elliott, Desiree Moore, Jennifer Bonner, Robin Schwartzman, Lauren Ferebee, Amber Hansen, Jonathan Ade, Eli Blasko, Leah Brown, Justin Plakas, Brian Hitselberger, Emily Smith, Arielle Angel, Nicholas Dowgwillo, Derya Hanife Altan, Rachel Harkaii, Sara Witt, Jonas Criscoe, Patrick Whitfill, Ellie Pearson, Esteban del Valle, Jameelah Lang, Claudia Dishon, Gregory Bae, Mark Rice, Steve Snell
After my year as an AIR, I knew that I had plenty of new writing projects started, some finished, even. But what surprised me the most were the opportunities I couldn't have foreseen: professional development, future collaborative projects, and, arguable the most significant, a much clearer vision of how to get involved with a community of people to bring the arts into the lives of the public.
— Patrick Whitfill, Writer-in-Residence 2008-09

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Residents will be housed in a downtown Spartanburg apartment.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents must provide their own meals. The living space has its own kitchen.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Public areas are accessible.
  • Additional studio information: 
    2 artists will share 1 studio space (approx. 300 sq feet)

Residency Fees

$45 application fee

Stipends / other support

$850 a month Free housing and studio space

Additional expectations / opportunities

While the primary focus of this program is to create time and space for emerging artists to develop their craft, we believe that our community is enriched by opportunities to engage with the arts and are committed to ensuring our cultural resources are available to our entire community. Because of this, we ask that our resident artists to commit 15 hours each week to making their studio open to the public. We will work with the artists to find times that work with their schedule, so as not to be disruptive to their practice, but that also provides sufficient time for members of the community to visit the studio and engage in conversation about their work. In addition to open studio hours, we ask that our resident artists periodically offers supplemental outreach opportunities in the form of workshops, art talks, classroom visits, exhibitions, or participation in the Chapman Cultural Center’s events or festivals. Lastly, to ensure the program successfully balances the time of our resident artists with time spent on community engagement, we ask that they attend weekly meetings with both the program director and Chapman Cultural Center staff and to participate in a 3-week orientation process to help introduce our artist to the Spartanburg community. The program will begin with a welcoming reception and conclude with a closing reception during which we hope our resident will share the work they’ve developed with the public. While our downtown is very walkable and provides access to almost everything one might need, we highly recommend bringing a car so you can take full advantage of the area’s resources. Having your own transportation is certainly not a requirement, but it will make life easier. The selected artist may not maintain any outside or supplemental employment during their residency so as not to interfere with their program or time to work. Also, because access to studio space is limited to the Chapman Cultural Center’s normal hours of operation, artists who prefer to work late at night might find our program difficult. Artists-in-Residence are required to live in Spartanburg for the duration of their residency (September 1st, 2018 – July 31st, 2019). Traveling and “time off” will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information

200 E St John St
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306
United States