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.

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
Christopher Saucedo, 2019 Artist-in-Residence, shares work on display during his residency.

Eligibility & Selection Process


The Joan Mitchell Center Studio Residency Program for Fall 2020 and 2021 is open to artists based in New Orleans.

Selection Process

In the fall, New Orleans-based artists will be invited to apply for residencies through an open call. 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.