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Applications are now open for our Atlas Artist Residency, one of the only paid artist residency programs in the country for high school artists.

Calling all aspiring young artists! ART 180 is thrilled to announce its fourth annual Atlas Artist Residency Program, and we are looking for 10 talented teen artists.  This eight-week summer artist residency is designed to be a transformative experience, allowing young artists to hone their craft while collaborating with seasoned professional artists in an inspiring and collaborative studio environment. 

This year applications are open to high school students currently in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in Richmond and its surrounding counties, with priority given to RPS and BIPOC students. In honoring ART 180’s 5 Guiding Principles –holistic health, connection to self and others, creative development, social entrepreneurship, self-actualization– the program is designed to use art as a vehicle to foster mindfulness and health practices, social entrepreneurship and creative development through workshops, site visits to art, museums, galleries, and nature explorations. Youth artists selected for the program will be awarded personal art studio space, program stipend, and materials, along with opportunities to expand their portfolio of work and bolster their resume/CV for college applications.

In addition, we are excited to announce that the teen artists selected will undergo the mentorship of Resident Teaching Artists (RTA), Xolani Sivunda from Cape Town, Africa, and Nastassja Swift from Richmond, VA.

At the end of the residency, artists will collaborate on a community project and showcase their process and final artwork in a final exhibition for the larger community at  ART 180s on the first Friday in August. The residency will take place from June 11 through August 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, held in ART 180's Atlas Gallery, 114 W Marshall St.

An advisory committee will review all completed applications and conduct an interview process with program candidates to determine which artists will be selected for the residency program.


All applicants are required to submit examples of their artwork when completing the application.


& Responsibilities

  • Must be a current high school student in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.

  • Must attend high schools in Richmond or its surrounding counties. 

  • Must possess a high enthusiasm for creative arts and the ability to work in a team environment/collaborative space. 

  • Must have reliable transportation to and from scheduled programs

  • Must arrive on time for all scheduled classes

  • Be able to attend all scheduled orientation training and 90% (13 of 15) of the program’s scheduled dates, assignments, and site visits.

  • Be an active participant in group activities and discussions

  • Maintain a clean work environment

  • Complete and showcase artwork for the final exhibition/project

  • Participate in the installation of exhibitions and community project



  • $1,350 stipend 

  • Art materials

  • 90-day studio space ( June through August )

  • 100 hrs of Artist Development with professional artists

  • Field trips  to museums, galleries, and nature explorations

  • Certificate of Completion

  • ART 180 letter of recommendation


How to apply

To apply, you will need to:

  • Complete an ART 180 2024 Atlas Artist Residency Application

  • Write a small essay (find details in the application below)

  • Submit three original artwork samples

  • One letter of recommendation

  • Prospective candidates will be interviewed by an advisory committee

The Atlas Artist Residency is supported through partnerships with:


Check out VPM's coverage of our 2023 residency to hear from the participating artists.


Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied to our summer residency. Applicants will receive an update by mid-April.

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