Joan Mitchell Center Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program

Artist-in-Residence Program 2017-2018

The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the Foundation supports visual artists through a range of programs.

The Joan Mitchell Center supports artists first and foremost through the Artist-in-Residence Program. This residency program will offer space and time for artists to create work in a contemplative environment, focusing on the transformative possibilities of a residency experience. In an expansive space, artists can explore new mediums and ideas over a period of one to five months. While staying in the Center’s lodging in the historic Faubourg Tremé neighborhood, artists are ideally situated to access the myriad and unique stimuli of a historically dense city.

In the 2017-2018 cycle, the Center is hosting artists-in-residence during spring, summer, and fall sessions. Most past Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients were eligible to apply, including Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients, MFA Grant Recipients, CALL Artists, New Orleans-based Career Opportunity Grant Recipients, and Emergency Grant Program Recipients, as well as Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist-Teachers. (Unfortunately, Career Opportunity Grant group project recipients were not eligible to apply for this cycle.) In 2013, the Center ran a pilot of the Artist-in-Residence Program: to learn more about the artists that participated, click here.

In addition to this core residency, our 2017-2018 phase of programming offers additional tracks to provide options for project-based studio practices, emerging local artists, and a pilot program for young artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program provides these areas of focus to address the needs of specific career points and practices.

The Community Engaged Artist-in-Residence program assists artists in developing relationships with a variety of communities and fosters direct, reciprocal relationships between resident artists and local community members and organizations. Based on a specific project proposal, artists will have a dedicated studio while staying at the Center for a period of one or three months. 

The 2017-2018 phase of the Emerging Artist-in-Residence program provides New Orleans-based artists dedicated studios for five months in concert with robust professional development support, through one-on-one studio visits with local and national curators, critics and arts professionals. Intended as a transformative opportunity for New Orleans artists without adequate studio space, this residency fosters long-lasting relationships and advocacy for emerging artists. This program was piloted as the New Orleans Local Artist (NOLA) Studio Program: to learn more about the artists that participated, click here. This residency has an open call application, the next opportunity to apply will be in Spring 2019 for residencies in 2020.

The Young Artist Residency Pilot offers young aspiring artists between the ages of 21-26 from New York and New Orleans a two-week long artist residency experience. The program will include a substantial amount of independent studio time for participants to delve into their practice, as well as a combination of professional development opportunities, studio visits and tours to get a sense of the artistic and cultural of community at the Joan Mitchell Center and the city of New Orleans.

Applying for a Residency

Joan Mitchell Center residencies are open by invitation to past Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients, former Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist-Teachers, and New Orleans-based artists. Eligible artists are invited via email to apply during open application periods, which take place in the spring and summer of each year.

For a focused look at the artists currently in residence at the Center today, visit our microsite:

Artists-in-Residence: Spring 2018
Laylah Ali
Nicole Awai
Rema Ghuloum
Louise Mouton Johnson
Gary Kachadourian
Jessica Lagunas
David Lozano
James Luna
Gina Phillips
Tracy Snelling
Travis Somerville
John W. Taylor
Ashley Teamer
John Isiah Walton

Artists-in-Residence: Summer 2018
Emery Gluck
Henry Lipkis
Ron Morrison
Valerie Piraino
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence

Artists-in-Residence: Fall 2018
Jo Cattell
Hannah Chalew
Adriana Corral
Cecelia Fernandes
Heidi Lau
David Leggett
Natalie McLaurin
Ralph Pugay
Paul Rucker
Bob Snead
Vincent Valdez
Cullen Washington Jr.


Artists-in-Residence: Spring 2017
James Adam Bateman
Tyanna Buie
Denise Burge
Vanessa Centeno
Elena del Rivero
James G. Denomie
Clifton J. Faust
Lilian Garcia-Roig
Ghost of a Dream: Lauren Was & Adam Eckstrom
Rashawn Griffin
Tom Holmes
Horton Humble
Janelle Iglesias
Beth Krebs
Anne Nelson
Sean Riley
Carlos Rolón/Dzine
Jacqueline Noel Tileston
Amanda Valdez
Monica Ann Zeringue 

Artists-in-Residence: Summer 2017
Cecile Chong
Scherezade Garcia-Vazquez
Crystal Henry
Heather Holden
Alison Owen 
Devin Reynolds
Amy Sherald 
Antonia A. Perez
Alex Taylor
Caleb Taylor
Alexandra Unthank
Audreamia Wardlow

Artists-in-Residence: Fall 2017
Terrence Campagna
Gregory W. Coates 
Lee Deigaard 
Vanessa Diaz 
Maren Hassinger
Roberto Jamora 
Lina Puerta 
Stacy Lynn Waddell
Lorna Williams 
Paula Wilson 
Jessica Vogel Brown 


Artists-in-Residence: Spring 2016
Firelei Báez
Aron Belka, Emerging Artist-in-Residence
Kajahl Benes
Susan Berger 
Blake Boyd
Nyame Brown
william cordova 
Esperanza Cortés 
Paul Deo 
Blane De St. Croix 
Jane Dickson 
Adriana Farmiga 
Jesus Gonzalez Flores 
Asuka Goto 
Mei-ling Hom 
Shawne Major
Gabriel Martinez 
Alison Owen 
Bruce Pearson 
Ryan Pierce 
Sean Riley 
Vitus Shell 
Duane Slick 
Chloe St. Etienne, Emerging Artist-in-Residence 
Whiting Tennis 
Amanda Valdez 
Jina Valentine 
Samantha Wall 
Peter Williams 

Artists-in-Residence: Summer 2016
Juan Chavez
Andrea Chung
Michael Hall
Maren Hassinger
Liz Miller
Carrie Moyer & Sheila Pepe
Mary Ting
Georgia Wall
Jason Yi

Artists-in-Residence: Fall 2016
Jonathan Bauch
Ana Hernandez, Emerging Artist-in-Residence
Jane Irish
Henrietta Mantooth
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Laini Nemett
Brandan Odums
Robert Pruitt
Lee Renninger
Matthew Rosenbeck, Emerging Artist-in-Residence
Kevin Sampson 
Joshua Short 
Donald Varnell
Dyani White Hawk


Artists-in-Residence: Fall 2015
Lauren Adams 
Xenobia Bailey 
James Biederman
Pamela Cardwell 
Cecilia Givens, Emerging Artist-in-Residence
Julie Green 
Heather Hart, Community Engaged Artist-in-Residence
Robert Hodge
Miro Hoffmann, Emerging Artist-in-Residence
Lehna Huie
Vandana Jain
Lavar Munroe
Glexis Novoa
Helen O'Leary
Maia Cruz Palileo
Lisa Sigal
Roy Staab
Shoshanna Weinberger
Philemona Williamson
Paul Wright, Emerging Artist-in-Residence

New Orleans Local Artist (NOLA) Studio Program: 2013-2014 Pilot
In 2013, Joan Mitchell Center piloted a year-long program for ten New Orleans-based visual artists, developed to support the artistic careers of emerging painters and sculptors whose work exhibited exceptional potential and who demonstrated a need for a dedicated professional workspace. Artists selected received free use of a studio, a materials stipend for five months, and professional development support over the full length of the pilot. Additionally, during the Prospect.3 biennial, the work of the participants was seen in the exhibition “Convergence: JMC @ Prospect.3”, at the Center’s Rampart Street studios, curated by artist, scholar and MacArthur Fellow Deborah Willis (Ph.D., New York University). The catalog is available for free download here, and available for on-demand printing here. To learn more about the exhibition, please read the full press release here.

NOLA Studio Program 2013-2014 Artists
Katrina Andry
Aaron Collier
Jer’Lisa Devezin
Dave Greber
Norah Lovell
Mario Padilla
Brooke Pickett
Rontherin Ratliff
Ayo Scott
Carl Joe Williams


Artist-in-Residence Program: 2013 Pilot

To establish best practices for the Artist-in-Residence Program, the Joan Mitchell Center ran a pilot session from January to June of 2013. The Center welcomed twenty-four nationally recognized visual artists to participate, selected from applications submitted by previous recipients of the of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors and MFA Grant Programs. During this test phase, artists were provided lodging at the Center and the use of nearby studios, located on historic Rampart Street in the French Quarter. The use of the off-site studios allowed the development of the Artist-in-Residence Program during the interim period of construction of the Center’s on-site artist studio building.

Artists-in-Residence: 2013 Pilot

John Ahearn
Rollin Beamish
Rosalyn Bodycomb
Terrence Campagna
Kaili Chun
Bruce Davenport, Jr.
Keith Duncan
Dahlia Elsayed
Gwen Fabricant
Rema Ghuloum
Ed Giordano, Jr.
Mei-ling Hom
Sarah McEneaney
Kayla Mohammadi
Ryan Pierce
John Powers
Raymond Saa
Alison Saar
Vitus Shell
Arthur Simms
Whiting Tennis
Thomas Tucker
Samantha Wall
Mel Ziegler