Think Tank


Artist Residency in the U.S.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Mission Founded in in 1977 by Doris Leeper, an internationally known sculptor and painter, as well as a visionary environmentalist, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency facility located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is an innovative nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world.

Overview The three week Residency Program brings together three “Master Artists” from different disciplines, such as the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, and multimedia), architecture, music (composition and performance), literature, choreography, dance, performance art, and theater . Each Master Artist determines the requirements and basic structure of their residency, and through an online application process, they each select eight “Associate Artists” to participate in the three-week program. The essence of the program is to provide a collegial environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects.

1) Residency Length: 3 weeks
2) Number of residencies per year: 4
3) Average number of Associate Artists in residence at a time: 24
4) Average number of applicants per year: 350

1) Open to all artists (US and International)
2) Language Requirement: a basic command of the English language is necessary.
3) Applicants must be at least 21 years old at the time of the residency
4) Overnight guests, spouses, children, and pets are not permitted to stay in housing during the residency.  

Application Requirements 
1) Visit the current Residency Schedule to review the application requirements and deadline for the Master Artist you want to apply to. Completed applications must be submitted by Midnight EST on the deadline date.
2) Prepare the application files for your application submission.
3) Visit our submissions site,, and click on the Submit button for the Master Artist you would like to apply to.

You should be notified within 6 weeks of the application deadline a to whether or not you have been accepted. If you have any questions, please email Ivan Riascos, Program Assistant,

Facilities and Grants 
ACA provides:
1) Comfortable furnishings
2) Weekday meals
3) Domestic supplies: dishwashing soaps, toilet paper, paper towels, soft tissue
4) Weekly ride into New Smyrna Beach for grocery shopping and personal items
5) Regular mail delivery and pick up
6) WI-FI
7) Coin operated laundry facilities housing

Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.