Residencies in New Orleans

Residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans have provided more than 200 artists the time and space for artistic contemplation and experimentation.

Artist Louise Mouton Johnson working at a sewing machine in her studio at the Joan Mitchell Center
Louise Mouton Johnson in her studio at the Joan Mitchell Center, 2018. © Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

At the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, we offer artists dedicated time and space for the creative process through one- to five-month residencies. Artists have opportunities to engage with arts professionals, partner arts organizations, and others in the community.

While residencies have historically been available to the Foundation’s grant recipients and to New Orleans-based artists, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have redesigned the residency program for Fall 2020 and 2021 to focus on studio space and virtual programming for New Orleans-based artists.

Artists participating in the 2020–2021 Joan Mitchell Center Studio Residency Program currently receive:

  • A private studio
  • One boxed meal per day
  • A weekly stipend
  • Virtual professional development consultations and studio visits

Eligibility & Selection Process


The Joan Mitchell Center Studio Residency Program for 2021 is open to artists based in New Orleans. The application period ended on December 1, 2020 and is now closed. Applications were accepted from artists who met the following eligibility and requirements:

  • You must identify as a visual artist and showcase a portfolio of work with a serious commitment to an artistic practice.
  • You must currently live in New Orleans (inclusive of Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish) as your primary residence.
  • You must not be enrolled as a student in any degree-granting art program during the residency period.
  • You must need a professional workspace to support your studio practice.
  • You must be committed to be present and active for the duration of the residency cycle and participate in our virtual professional development and studio visit consultations.

Selection Process

Artists must submit an online application to apply. Applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and arts consultants, who select the final group of residents.

Why is the Foundation's residency program located in New Orleans?

The Foundation’s decision to locate the residency program in New Orleans was, in part, a continuation of our commitment to the city’s creative community following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center complement our grant programs, offering artists time and space for intensive studio work in a city rich with creative energy and cultural histories.