Gallery Residency Program


About the Gallery Residency

Through the Gallery Residency Program, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop seeks to expand its engagement with artists working in the DMV.

The CHAW gallery will, for eight weeks each year, become an incubator space for the selected Resident Artist. During that time, the Artist will transform the gallery while interacting with visitors and students.

The Residency provides a well-lit and clean gallery central to the DC area with substantial foot traffic and visibility. CHAW will offer promotion for the Resident Artist, their work and the show.

During the Residency, an Artist can create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. The Residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the CHAW artist community and city-wide. The right fit is someone who is looking for a blank slate, offering freedom, challenge, and openness to the artistic process, as well as a collaborative community element.

Applications will be judged on the quality of work and professional promise. Artists who qualify for the Residency are working at the professional level in their fields. Applicants should be over the age of 18; the program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.

The Resident Artist must be available to work in the CHAW gallery during the eight weeks of the residency. CHAW will not provide housing for Resident Artist.

After reviewing all the applications, three artists will be interviewed at CHAW by the gallery staff and CHAW Director.

Past Residencies 

Pink Cycle- Life of a Fly by Carolina Mayorga

Botanica Magnifica by Pam Rogers

Shadow and Light by Kate Fleming

Circle Story by Lenora Yerkes

Fever Dream by MK Bailey

Inversion/Submersion by Billy Friebele


Application and Selection Process


Application Materials:

Images: Submit 10 images of work produced during the last three years.

Image Requirements: Images must be in .jpg file format. Longest side must be 1280 pixels or greater. Maximum file size 2MB per image. Files must be labeled in the following way: last name_title of artwork_1.jpg, last name_title of artwork_2.jpg, etc. The file number corresponds with the number on the list of works. (Ex. Jones_Untitled_1.jpg)

List of Works Form- Numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, medium, dimensions.

One document containing the following information, in the following order:

Artist Biography and Resume

Artist Statement

List of Works Form: Numbered list of artworks, corresponding to the file names of supplied images, and including medium, dimensions.

Residency proposal: Describe your project, goals for the residency, and how you might engage with the community or use community resources. You may include a drawing or representative images to help describe your specific proposal.

$10 application fee

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals.

To submit your residency application – link coming soon!

August 1, 2022 Call for 2022 Gallery Residency opens

September 30, 2022 Applications due

October 21, 2022 Top candidates meet the panelists on a zoom session

October 26, 2022 Revised proposals are due to the panel

October 31, 2022 Gallery Resident artist awardee announced

January 2, 2023 Gallery Resident artist begins installation

February 24, 2023 Residency concludes

February 25, 2023 Gallery Resident artist deinstalls

Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but CHAW cannot support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements. The gallery may be used only for art-making activities and educational/public programming associated with them.

The Resident Artist is responsible for maintaining the gallery in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and will not make alterations to the space without permission. The artist must leave the gallery in the state in which it was found and remove all belongings at the end of the residency. The Resident Artist is responsible for acquisition, insurance, and care of his/her/their materials and equipment. Artists who wish to use equipment that creates additional electrical use must obtain permission for each piece of equipment that they wish to use.


Work in the studio at CHAW for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Welcome the public during exhibition opening receptions.

Present an artist talk, workshop, screening, and/or other mutually agreed upon public event.

Create documentation of the artist’s creative process during the course of the residency. This might take the form of blogging, video, journal, or social media, to be confirmed in conversation with the artist.

Donate one piece of art to the show sponsor.

Donate one piece to the CHAW permanent collection.

CHAW will provide:

A $1600 stipend

Print and social media promotion

Opening reception for the public

Support and promotion for workshop or other public event

About CHAW

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transformative power of creativity. CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans. CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW is a featured charity in the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy, mentioned as Best Venue to See on the Cheap in DCist’s 2014 Best Theater Venues in DC, the 2015 & 2016 winner for Best Arts Class in the Washington City Paper Readers’ Poll, 2014 & 2015 Hilly Award winner for Best Arts Organization/Venue, and the winner of the 2017 Irene Pollin Community Engagement Award through the NSO.