Atlantic Center for the Arts Mentoring Artist-in-Residency Program

Atlantic Center for the Arts Mentoring Artist-in-Residency Program

New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States

ACA is offering FULL scholarships to all accepted artists. All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

The three-week Residency Program brings together three “Mentoring Artists” from different disciplines, such as the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, and multimedia), architecture, music (composition and performance), literature, choreography, dance, performance art, and theater. Each Mentoring Artist determines the requirements and basic structure of their residency, and through an online application process, they each may select up to eight “Associate Artists” to participate in the three-week program. The essence of the program is to provide a collegial environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the cross-fertilization of disciplines. The programs can include formal classes, discussions, individual meetings, individual and group critiques, collaboration, and studio time. The award-winning Leeper Studio Complex provides residents with resources such as a painting studio, sculpture studio, digital media studio, dance studio, music/recording studio, writers’ studio, black box theatre and library.


1414 Art Center Ave.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
0 s - 3 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Digital Media
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Environmental Arts
Social Practice
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Additional Eligibility Information

Applicants must be over the age of 21 and must speak English. 

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

ACA is waving the residency fee of $900. All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Full description of accessibility on campus
Captions for videos
Accessible seating
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Of the 28 rooms, four are designed to be handicap accessible suites with required accessibility features as well as an extra bed for a caretaker. Please notify an ACA staff member if you require the use of one of these units during a program, or if you have further questions about housing.

Housing available on campus
Accessibility Contact Name
Ivan Riascos
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Much of our studio complex, restrooms, and housing is accessible with limited mobility, including handicap parking. We don't have handicap-operated door openers thought our complex.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

Going into remote areas of our property is not accessible.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
All meals
Additional Meals Information
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Ethernet provided in common area
Studios/Facilities Details

The Doris Leeper Studio Complex include the following: 

Joan James Harris Theater: The 2,500 square feet black box theater acts as a functional work and performance space for artists-in-residence. The design concept is to provide a space that can be manipulated to fit the changing needs of each residency. Events and performances are held in the round, as well as in a traditional theater-style seating arrangement. The theater is equipped with a professional lighting grid that can also be customized for each residency and performance. 

Charlotte Battle Everbach Painting Studio: The 1,885-square foot Painting Studio is fitted with large northern exposure windows and light monitors that can be opened to provide natural ventilation and light. Replaceable homosote panels let artists attach or mount many materials to the walls. Work tables and portable walls make the space extremely versatile and accommodating. Typically the painting studio is organized into a collegiate style arrangement of 6-8 cubicles with multiple clamp lights for each space.

Jim and Alexis Pugh Sculpture Studio: The 1,233 square foot Sculpture Studio gives artists-in-residence the space and equipment required to undertake ambitious projects. The space is the only concrete studio in the complex, which is symbolic of the enduring materials used by sculptors. The roof is designed with a long overhang that shelters an outdoor work patio. With its three roll-up doors opened, the space flows easily from interior to exterior. Large glass windows and louvers maximize working light, while wind scoops provide ventilation for an active studio. There are many tools in this studio for working with wood, metal, and many other materials. Other specialized tools can also be requested during ACA Residencies.

Helene B. Roberson Dance Studio: The 2,609 square foot dance studio is outfitted with a sprung wood floor and an expansive, wall-length mirror. The space also features magnificent sliding glass doors, which offer a great view to the lush landscape, access to a semi-private deck, and options for controlling the climate of the studio. The sides of the studio adjacent to more public areas are built with sand-blasted windows to provide privacy and diffuse lighting for dancers and choreographers.

Ruth Scorgie Hubbard Music Studio: The 1,000 square-foot Music Studio was designed to be both insular and uplifting. The tall, vertical space is outfitted with a large skylight that connects the musician to the Florida sky. Permanent and mobile sound panels are installed to reduce reverberation and to allow musicians to control the aural qualities of the room. Another smaller, isolated recording room allows multiple musicians to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

The Music Studio is equipped with a Steinway Model B Grand Piano and a wide range of recording equipment for musicians and multimedia artists. For a complete list of audio equipment, please contact Residency Coordinator Ivan Riascos

Jean and Fredrick Raffa Writing Studio: The Jean and Fredrick Raffa Writing Studio was named in honor of longtime ACA friends, members, and supporters Jeanie and Fredrick Raffa in 2013. The studio was remodeled and includes all the amenities needed for writers of all disciplines. The 540 sq ft room features a 12 foot tall window overlooking the nature of ACA, a coffee bar, reading loft, conference table with seating for 10 and equipment for research and printing materials.

Wilkinson Resource Library: Overlooking Turnbull Bay, the 876-square foot library, provides a large reading room surrounded by shelves of books, periodicals, scores, CD’s, and videos. A spiral staircase leads to a loft that provides comfortable seating and a view of the tranquil bay. The library also contains a computer and wireless internet for online research, as well as a video viewing station. The library’s collection is continually growing through generous donations from artists in residence and members of the ACA community.

Thompson Field House Media Lounge: The Field House is one of the original working and living spaces of artists in residence. After the construction of the Leeper Studio Complex, the Field House has evolved into a media lounge that offers a 50” HDTV connected to popular streaming services allowing artists to share their multimedia projects and favorite films in a comfortable setting.


Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio With Sprung Floor
Printers + Scanner
Music/Media/Recording Facilities
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff