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Artist Residency


past residencies:

Pink Cycle- Life of a Fly by Carolina Mayorga

Botanica Magnifica by Pam Rogers

Shadow and Light by Kate Flemming

Circle Story by Lenora Yerkes

Fever Dream by MK Bailey

Chaw Gallery Artist Residency

Schedule  -  Application and Selection - About CHAW - About the Residency

Lenora Yerkes, CHAW Gallery Resident 2019  Circle Story, CHAW Gallery Resident 2019 with Lenora Yerkes

This residency provides an opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the CHAW artist community and city-wide. The residency offers five weeks of time and space to an artist or team of artists each year to experiment and realize new work.  The right fit is someone who is interested in transforming the gallery space--and who is looking for a blank slate that is theirs, offering freedom, challenge, and openness to the artistic process, as well as a collaborative community element.

Qualified applicants are professional individual artists or collaborative artist teams over the age of 18; the program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.

Artists must be available to work in the CHAW gallery during the five weeks of the residency. CHAW will not provide housing for Gallery Resident artists.

After reviewing all the applications, three artists or artist teams will be interviewed at CHAW by the Resident Gallery Manager and the CHAW co-directors.

"Pink Cycle" CHAW Gallery Resident Carolina Mayorga, 2016  Pink Cycle, CHAW Gallery Resident Show 2016 with Carolina Mayorga


Applications are closed at this time. More to come in 2021! 

  • Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but CHAW cannot support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements.
  • The gallery may be used only for art-making activities and educational/public programming associated with them.
  • The Resident Artist is responsible for maintaining the gallery in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and will not make alterations to the space without permission.  The artist must leave the gallery in the state in which it was found and remove all belongings at the end of the residency.
  • The Resident Artist is responsible for acquisition, insurance, and care of his/her materials and equipment. Artists who wish to use equipment that creates additional electrical use must obtain permission for each piece of equipment that they wish to use in their studios.  
The Resident Artist will participate in the following during his/her residencies:
  • Work in the studio at CHAW for a minimum of 10 hours/week.
  • Welcome the public during exhibition opening receptions.
  • Present an artist talk, workshop, screening, and/or other mutually agreed upon public event.
  • Create documentation of the artist’s creative process during the course of the residency. This might take the form of blogging, video, journal, or social media, to be confirmed in conversation with the artist.
  • Donate one piece of art to the show sponsor.
  • Donate one piece to the CHAW permanent collection.

CHAW will provide:

  • A $1000 stipend
  • Print and social media promotion
  • Opening reception for the public with refreshments
  • Refreshments, if appropriate, for workshop or other public event


”Shadow and Light” CHAW Gallery Resident Kate Fleming, 2018  Shadow and Light, CHAW Gallery Resident Show 2018 with Kate Fleming

Application and Selection Process

Required materials include:
  • Application Materials:

    • Images:  Submit 10 images of work produced during the last three years. Work samples can be a combination of high resolution jpgs and time-based media (*up to 10 minutes total).
    • For collaborative teams, 10 images of collaborative work are required as well as a statement of the collaborative nature of the work.
    • Two minutes of video, film, sound or performance documentation = one work. 
    • Image Requirements: 10 images of work are required. They must be in .jpg file format. Longest side must be 1280 pixels or greater.. Maximum file size 2MB per image. Files must be labeled in the following way: last name_title of artwork_1.jpg, last name_title of artwork_2.jpg, etc. The file number corresponds with the number on the list of works. (Ex. Jones_Untitled_1.jpg) 
    • List of Works Form- Numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, medium, dimensions.
  • One document containing the following information, in the following order (max 1000 words in total) :
    • Resume/CV

    • Brief Artist Bio (100 words max.) 

    • Artist Statement (100 words max.)

    • List of Works Form: Numbered list of artworks, corresponding to the file names of supplied images, and including medium, dimensions.
  • Residency proposal: 
    • Describe your project, goals for the residency, and how you might engage with the community or use community resources. You may include a drawing or representative images to help describe your specific proposal. (750 words max.)
  • $35 application fee

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals. 

To submit your residency application click here.


About CHAW

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transformative power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans. CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW is a featured charity in the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy, mentioned as Best Venue to See on the Cheap in DCist’s 2014 Best Theater Venues in DC, the 2015 & 2016 winner for Best Arts Class in the Washington City Paper Readers’ Poll, 2014 & 2015 Hilly Award winner for Best Arts Organization/Venue, and the winner of the 2017 Irene Pollin Community Engagement Award through the NSO.


Botanica Magnifica by Gallery Resident Artist, Pam Rogers

About the Gallery Residency Program

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop seeks to expand its engagement with professional artists working in the DMV. Our intention is to provide the community with an opportunity to interact with and observe the creative process of innovative and cutting edge artists. Artists who qualify for the residency are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at CHAW is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist's work and professional promise.

Our gallery space will, for six weeks each year, become an incubator space for the selected Gallery Resident Artist. During that time, the artist will be transforming the space while interacting with our visitors and students.

For the artist this will be an opportunity to exhibit in a well-lit and clean gallery central to the DC area with substantial foot traffic and visibility. CHAW will provide substantial promotion for the resident artist, his or her work and the show.