Residency Application Information 

Applications for the Summer Residency have closed. Please check back for Fall dates. 


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 June 1 to August 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until April 23, 2021. The selected artist will be notified by May 7.

Resident artists are expected to be at the Border Art Residency no later than June 1st. 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.


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

Through a newly formed partnership with Artstream, a transformative learning program supported by the El Paso Community Foundation, visiting border artists will be able to share their art and thinking process, and stimulate dialogue with learners in the El Paso area. Artstream 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. Artstream 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

Selection 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


The $40 application fee has been waived for 2021 summer resident applicants.


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 April 23, 2021.