CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Penn Center Artist Residency


Culture and Community at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District invites submissions for an artist residency program to take place in Spring 2023.

Applications are invited from individual artists on the theme of “Land and Justice.” Proposals must be in media that relates to the artistic, cultural, and historical legacies of Penn Center, and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor more broadly.

For the purposes of this grant, residency means a significant, in-person engagement with Penn Center, the exact details of which must be laid out in the application. Examples of this must include a willingness to stay at, or have access to, the Penn Center for a period of at least two weeks during the term of the residency and while researching, conceptualizing, or exhibiting the art, and a commitment to be involved in-person during the Culture & Community program’s 2023 research residencies, which bring students from across the southeast to study at Penn Center. These residencies take place May 18-20 and May 23-26, 2023.

Applicants are encouraged to engage with the collections of the Penn Center museum to learn about the significant artistic heritage connected to it, and about material or archival holdings in Penn Center that may be relevant to their proposal. Questions can be addressed to

The selection committee will be chaired by Deloris Pringle, the Chair of the Penn Center Board of Trustees, and will include members of cultural and artistic organizations connected to Penn Center.

These materials should be submitted to by Monday, January 23, 2023.

The artist residency offers:

  • An honorarium of up to $10,000
  • Materials and exhibition support of up to $15,000
  • Travel, accommodation, and subsistence support of up to $5,000

These funds may be shared among a group of artists if a collective application is chosen. Applicants may request to move unneeded or excess funds from one budget category, such as travel and subsistence, into another, such as materials and exhibition. However, the total budget for the artist residency may not exceed $30,000.

Your application should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Project Title
  • Project description, including media
  • Artist statement, including digital portfolio and/ or website
  • The project description must include definite commitments to spend significant time at Penn Center. The definition of significant time will depend on your proximity to Penn Center. Please address this in your project description. Please confirm you agree to spend significant time at Penn Center. (Yes/ No)
  • Project schedule (within the window February-June 2023)
  • Project budget
  • Do you commit to taking part in one or both of the Penn Center research residencies in person?