We need artists now more than ever.

They help us imagine that another world is possible, and show us that it is already here. Residencies directly invest in artists and their work, and trust them to take the lead. The dedicated time and space can be transformational to their practice and career.

Call for Proposals: Curbside Artist Residencies

Curbside Artist Residencies will transform Engine’s Main Street storefront gallery and retail space into a platform for artists of any discipline interested in creating work centered around public interaction and engagement. Artists are invited to take advantage of a new process oriented platform for experimentation and exploration in a supportive environment. In addition to their process being visible to the public with the gallery functioning as a process studio, we will support artists in sharing new and existing work as desired. We encourage proposals from artists excited to co-create opportunities for public responses, activity and engagement as part of their practice.

The goal of Curbside Artist Residencies is to provide a dedicated safe outlet for artists to create and share their work live for the public. In turn, this platform will provide the public with live access to the arts. The public benefits from having access to artists and the creative process, opportunities to experience live art, and an invitation to learn about art disciplines being presented and respond creatively. Any events open to the public will be free and documented for access to our broader community not able to travel or participate in the curbside experience.

Residency awards include Engine membership, workspace, opportunity to exhibit in Engine’s downtown gallery space, marketing and technical support from Engine staff, access to a thriving creative community and stipends to artists to support engagement with the public during their time at Engine.

Thank you to the Onion Foundation for their support of this new program.

Submit a proposal

Email the following to

  • Artist information: bios, artist statements, CV/resumes, social media and web links
  • Past work samples as links or attachments
  • A brief narrative, no more than 1-2 pages, describing what you hope to accomplish with this residency, including details on plans to engage with the public
  • Suggested residency duration and schedule.

Featured image: Blaze installation and performance by Scott McPheeters.

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