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Residency Application Information 

Applications for the Spring/Summer 2024 Residency are open!


801 Piedras
El Paso 79901

The Border Art Residency, a non-profit organization affiliated with the El Paso Community Foundation, offers a selected artist a period of retreat for creative work in a living/studio space in the heart of El Paso, Texas. Resident artists are provided with a fully furnished living/working space, a monthly stipend of $600, and all utilities paid (except phone and Internet). The living space is a fully furnished 11 x 16’(Approximately) studio apartment.


The next open residency period is from  March 1, 2024 to August 24, 2024. Applications will be accepted until January 1, 2024. The selected artist will be notified by February 1, 2024.

Resident artists are expected to move into the Border Art Residency between March 1st and March 3rd, 2024. Resident artists are expected to attend one event during the residency in order to support efforts by the Board of Directors to raise funds and promote the Border Art Residency. The specific dates for these events will be provided ahead of time. While resident artists are not required to produce work during the residency, the BAR encourages any opportunity to showcase their work through an event or exhibition. The BAR will support the resident by assisting in event coordination and planning.


No pets are allowed in the space and we request that artists and guests refrain from smoking indoors.

Through a newly formed partnership with Philosophic Systems Institute (PSI), which provides empowering transformational learning for a more just society, visiting border artists will be able to share their art and thinking process, and stimulate dialogue with learners in the El Paso area. PSI process centers around philosophy and the arts, and is defined by effective collaborations and responsive design within programs that lead to sustained, systemic change in our communities. PSI collaborates with artists and participating schools or cultural organizations. It will help the residency artist connect to the El Paso community by sharing how they see, hear, and feel our experiences with empathy, criticality, and nuance. PSI has many programs to choose from based off your interest and has worked with the El Paso Museum of Art, UTEP’s Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, elementary schools, and well as the federal prison system. Their programs include: Shadows to Light, a federal re-entry and diversion programs; Lightstream, a full-support program for teens who have been involved with the juvenile justice system; Artstream, a transformative learning program in partnership with public elementary school classrooms; and TLCs, community-centered youth development opportunities for juveniles and younger children within El Paso's public housing communities.

Selection of artist is made by a panel of nationally recognized artists and arts professionals. Because the selection committee members are far-removed from each other, we request that the application be submitted digitally via email. Photos of artwork should be 300 DPI JPEGS and sent with the email application. The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check in compliance with the Landlord’s criteria. The BAR will cover any associated costs.

We request application materials be sent via email to with the subject line "BAR Application".


There is a $40 application fee.

The application fee can be paid online by clicking the “Donate” button on the Border Art

Residency web page. This will take you to the El Paso Community Foundation website. Fill out the form with your credit card information and check the box that states, “This transaction is related to the $40.00 BAR artist application fee.”, then click the “Submit” button.


Please note that by submitting an application, you agree to comply with all terms stated above, including dates by which you will arrive at the Border Art Residency.


You can also mail a check to El Paso Community Foundation P.O. Box 272, El Paso, TX 79943-0272. Memo line: Border Art Residency Application Fee.


Questions? Call 915.533.4020.


Please note that by submitting an application, you agree to comply with all terms stated above, including dates by when you will arrive to the Border Art Residency.


Questions? Call 915.533.4020.

Application and fee must be submitted by January 1, 2024.

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