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The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program was instituted in 2012 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds and disciplines. Artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The competition is open to U.S. residents currently residing in the United States. Non-U.S. residents residing in the United States may be eligible to apply if they are currently in receipt of the necessary visas and documentation to continue residence. The residency is for a two- or three-month period in agreement with the chosen artist and Dr. Roncone.

The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from the USA to work in a unique natural environment. Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas, and artists should be prepared to spend a great portion of their time alone. A residency at Marfa Contemporary is perfect for those artists who seek a quiet environment that remains largely unfettered by industrialism. Due to the isolation of Marfa, it is a condition of acceptance that the artist have a valid driver's license that permits him or her to drive in the United States.

Marfa Contemporary provides a furnished apartment and artist studio. A stipend of $1,100 per month is provided to assist with living expenses and art materials, subject to a 30 percent federal withholding for nonresidents, during the term of the residency. Flights and travel costs to and from Marfa will be borne by Marfa Contemporary. Any car hire/rental cost or travel costs the artist incurs during the residency will be self-funded. It is expected that the artist, during his/her residency, will participate in school workshops, actively engage with the local community and present an exhibit of his or her work at the close of the residency period or a period later designated to suit both the artist and Marfa Contemporary.

The 2014 fall residency is now open. A $20 application fee is payable online using the link below. Applications that are not supported by the online fee will not be considered. The deadline for applying is June 30, 2014. The 2014 residency dates will be either Sept. 1-Dec. 1, 2014 or Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, 2014 in agreement with the artist. The winner will be notified in late July 2014.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2014.  They must include:

- Resume/CV

- Artist statement

- 20 slide images OR a CD with 20 PDF or JPEG digital files (2 MB maximum file size per image) OR a DVD of up to 30 minutes of video work.

Applications can be mailed to:
Dr. Natalie Maria Roncone
Artist in Residence Application
Marfa Contemporary
100 E. San Antonio Street,
P.O. Box 1233
Marfa, Texas 79843

For questions about the Artist in Residence program or the submission process, contact

The program is committed to the policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and disability. No one with the AIDS virus, ARC or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified.