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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the residency program for Fall 2020 and 2021 is focused on studio space and virtual programming for New Orleans-based artists. For 2022, the Center will resume its residency model of hosting both national and local artists.

Artists-in-Residence receive:

  • A private studio in either the Spring or Fall residency session
  • Weekday meals
  • A $600 monthly stipend
  • A range of professional development and public engagement opportunities

My residency at the Joan Mitchell Center was an experience that exceeded my expectations on many levels. The connections and reconnections that I formed during my residency were numerous.”

Louise Mouton Johnson, New Orleans

Eligibility & Selection Process


Residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center are open to artists based in New Orleans and past Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients.

In summer 2021, New Orleans-based artists were invited to apply for five-month residencies in 2022; the deadline has now passed. Former Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients who were selected for 2020 residencies (deferred due to COVID) will also be scheduled for one- to three-month residencies in 2022.

To be eligible to apply, New Orleans artists must meet the following requirements:

  • You must identify as a visual artist and showcase a portfolio of work with a serious commitment to an artistic practice.
  • You must have lived in New Orleans as your primary residence for at least 5 years or be a New Orleans native. Residents from both Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish are eligible.

Selection Process

Artists must submit an application to apply. Applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and arts consultants, who select the final group of residents. New Orleans artists selected for 2022 residencies will be notified before January 2022.

About the Joan Mitchell Center

To complement its grant programs and deepen its relationships with artists, in 2015 the Foundation opened the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans to host both national and local artists in residencies. The Foundation’s decision to locate the residency program in New Orleans was, in part, a continuation of its commitment to the city’s creative community following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The Center is a retreat for artists in a city rich with creative energy and cultural histories.