Atlantic Center for the Arts: Master Artists-in-Residence


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.

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 (poetry, prose, playwright, graphic novel, and non-fiction), 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. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the cross-fertilization of disciplines. The programs can include formal classes, discussions, individual meetings, individual and group critiques, collaboration, and studio time. The award-winning Leeper Studio Complex provides residents with resources such as a painting studio, sculpture studio, media lounge, dance studio, writers studio, amphitheatre, black box theatre and library.

Residency Programme since: 1982
Description of Organisation:

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

Organisation founded in: 1977
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Private company
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Bicycle
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Musical Instruments
  • Puppet making and craft workshop
  • Fabric and textiles
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Sound recording studio
  • Musical-instruments
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $900
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Up to $900 US Dollars may be awarded depending on availability and based on adjusted gross income (AGI)..
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: Other
    If other, please specify: Each featured Master Artist-in-residency curates 8 participants .
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Daytona International Airport (DAB) 35 minutes away
    Nearest Train Station: Deland, one hour away
    How to reach by plane: ACA does not provide shuttle service or other transportation to or from airports. Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) is approximately 35 minutes from ACA. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is approximately 90 minutes from ACA. Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is about 60 minutes away.
    Street & Number: 1414 Art Center Avenue
    Postal Code: 32168
    City: New Smyrna Beach
    Country long: United-States
    1414 Art Center Avenue
    New Smyrna Beach 32168 FL USA
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