Center for Faith & the Arts

Artist-in-Residence Program--(The Application period closed on 12/1/23)
Thank you for your interest in Center for Faith and the Art’'s Artist-in-Residence program.
The application period for the 2024 Artist-in-Residence Program is open until December 1, 2023.
To Apply:
1) Read all information provided in this document.
2) Become familiar with CFA’'s interpretive themes and existing programs via our website at  Follow us on facebook at
3) Follow and carefully complete the application process and submit. 
What you need to apply: 
*Fill out the application below. (Artist must be a resident of Rowan County)
*Curriculum vitae or résumé (must include education background) 
*5-10 images (if a visual artist) of your work submitted via email (MUST BE JPEG FORMAT). Musicians, poets, dancers submit examples or detailed descriptions of your work. 
*List of three professional references with contact information
*Artist Statement (500 words or less, WORD DOC FORMAT ONLY)
Please send these 5 Items as attachments to with “Artist in Residence” as the subject for the email. 
Program Description:
The Artist in Residence program at Center for Faith and the Arts was founded in 2018 and is open to students and professional artists who are over the age of 18 and US citizens.  The Artist-in-Residence program is typified by active immersion in public-facing aspects of CFA, rather than a “retreat from” traditional studio practice. The CFA Artist’s Residency provides a platform for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, and arts-led programs and events. The program provides time and space for artists to focus on their surroundings and their medium. Artists applying for the program should have a demonstrated history of rooting their practice in community engagement. Center for Faith and the Art’s Artist-in-Residence program is a year long. Program dates will generally run January through December and are worked out with the center and selected artist.  
To invite artists to explore their ideas and practice within the context of CFA.  
To create a dynamic interplay between art and community as an organic part of everyday living. 
To develop the connection between arts and education.  
To provide a stimulating, supportive environment that promotes artistic exploration and the time for the artist to take the creative process to the next level
To encourage artists to become part of a vibrant creative community dedicated to enriching the quality of life through art. 
To enhance CFA’s reputation for being a cultural-tourism destination of artistically spiritual thinkers.
Residency Requirements:
The artist must be a resident of Rowan County. Artists applying for the program have a demonstrated history of rooting their practice in community engagement. The Artist-in-Residence program is typified by active immersion in public-facing aspects of our mission, rather than a “retreat from” traditional studio practice. The resident is expected to volunteer 10 hours of work per week related to arts programming and marketing.
Public Presentation:
Artists will be encouraged to interact with visitors on site at different functions and exhibits. Artists will also be encouraged to host a presentation/art showcase for the public or board of executives. This interaction can be tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, classes, or performances. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. Artists can offer classes at the facility and set their own fees, with 10% of the proceeds going to CFA. 
Amenities/Benefits Provided:
Center for Faith and the Arts offers studio, office, and classroom space at no cost to the artist. The artist will also be given the opportunity to exhibit their work in our gallery pending a review by program coordinator and executive director.  (The center retains 25% of sales per gallery policy). Other benefits include opportunities to teach and develop at the center with compensation based on classroom income.  The artist in residence will be given first offer for stipend opportunities for community programs which are offered by CFA and other community partners. Residency housing is unavailable and will not be provided. Artists need to bring their own art supplies. Some storage and shelves are provided. All transportation is the responsibility of the artist. 
Selection Process:
Submissions will be reviewed in December of each year with artist notification on or before December 20th. Selections will be based upon artistic integrity, ability to help with the responsibilities at CFA, ability to connect and relate their artwork to visitors, and the willingness to help with classes, exhibits, and marketing. All art forms are considered however no machine operated tools or fire hazard materials are permitted.  Artists are expected to move into studio space in January of the following year.

Artist in Residence Application (Copy and paste into a Google Doc or Micro-soft word doc) 
Email address:
Telephone number:
Website (optional): 
Please answer the following questions with 250 words or less:
1) Why would this residency be beneficial to you and your art? What is your primary art medium?
2) Which groups within the community are you primarily interested in working with? Cultural/economical demographic? Are you interested in working with Adults or Children or Both?  
3) What skills can you bring to this position? (teaching, curating, marketing/advertising, etc)