Guest Curators

Associated Residency Program

Stove Works and a panel of outside Jurors select two Guest Curators to curate shows in the main gallery space for their 2025 season. The Guest Curators will be provided a Curator’s Fee, an exhibition budget, and support from Stove Works staff.

Additionally, Guest Curators are invited to participate in the Stove Works Residency program for 1-3 months leading up to and during the exhibition. If they choose to participate in the residency, their stay must occur in the month of the exhibition opening at the very least.

Each Resident/Guest Curator will have a private studio/bedroom and bathroom; a shared kitchen, living space, and laundry; 24-hour access to facilities, which include a metal shop, woodshop, print shop, and common shop space. 

Stove Works offers three core programs: Residency, Exhibitions, and Education. Stove Works seeks to use Art to encourage conversations, inspire reflection, and to provide opportunities to learn from the experiences of others.

All of our programs are designed with fluidity in mind, allowing us to not only guide but to respond. As winds shift and new challenges are introduced into our lives, we maintain programmatic flexibility that allows us to adapt to and embrace those shifts. Our goal is to cultivate a climate and culture in Chattanooga that stimulates curiosity amongst its communities, enthusiasm for exchange, and openness to new ideas and contrasting perspectives. 

Open Call closes Oct 15 at 11:50 PM EST

Pay close attention to our tiered application fee:

$10 - Sept 15 - Sept 30, 11:59 PM EST (First two weeks)
$20 - Oct 1 - Oct 7th, 11:59 PM EST (Third week)
$30 - Oct 8 - Oct 15, 11:59 PM (Last week)

Residency Length
1 month - 3 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Art Education
Art History
Interdisciplinary Arts
Social Practice
Visual Arts
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Plasma Cutter
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Soldering Workspace
Gas/Oxy Torches
Acetylene/Air Torches
Bench Grinder
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Printmaking Workspaces
Silkscreen Studio
Washout Room
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

Applications will be open to the public from May 15 until June 15 at 11:59 PM EST. Once available, a link to our application will be posted on our Guest Curators page.

Pay close attention to our tiered application fee:

$10 - May 15 - May 31, 11:59 PM EST (First two weeks)
$20 - June 1 - June 7th, 11:59 PM EST (Third week)
$30 - June 8 - June 15, 11:59 PM (Last week)


Guest Curators must be able to:

  • Follow all schedules provided by Stove Works within the Exhibition Timeline.   
  • Provide Stove Works with a fully developed curatorial statement/Exhibition narrative. 
  • Follow W.A.G.E Floor fees
  • Available to attend opening reception events, speak with the press, and participate in regular Exhibition planning meetings—by phone, Zoom, or in person.
  • Select no more than (15) Artists for the Exhibition unless otherwise agreed upon with Stove Works.   
  • Make every attempt to ensure equitable representation of Artists across demographics and geographies, specifically the inclusion of one artist within the Thrive Regional Partnership’s covered counties.  
  • Available to work with Stove Works staff to design exhibition layout, limited to an additional 40 feet of wall space, as required and indicated in the Exhibition Timeline.  
  • Provide content for any Stove Works-approved artwork labels and the exhibition booklet.  
  • Agree to participate in at least one public program, such as an Exhibition walk-through or Artist panel, in coordination with Stove Works’ Programs Director.
  • Initiate conversation between participating Artists and Stove Works staff about shipping/transportation of artwork with each Artist.
  • The above list is not comprehensive and is subject to change. 
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application