Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Appalachian South

A.I.R. Studio Paducah

A.I.R. Studio Paducahc/o Blue Door Studio, 4410 Oglethorpe Street, Hyattsville, MD 20712. (301) 454-0433.  Located in the LowerTown Arts District in Paducah, Kentucky, six blocks from the Ohio River.  Residencies of 2 weeks to 3 months.  Studio and efficiency apartment for one artist at a time, or for two collaborating artists or a couple who want to share space.  Fees charged. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Appalachian Center for Craft

Appalachian Center for Craft, 1560 Craft Center Dr., Smithville, TN 37166. (615) 597-6801. 1 yr. residency for up to 5 artists at a time (renewable for a second year); artists expected to work 20/hrs. a week. Open to craft artists working in glass, ceramics, fiber, wood, and metal. Aims “to provide a creative, residential environment for emerging professional artists and to broaden student and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques.” (visual arts)

Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

ARGS Residency, 512 W. Washington St., Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 722-0200, ext. 303. Residencies of one to weeks for a single writer at a time. The Alumni House, built in 1906, is handicapped accessible, with 4 bedrooms, kitchen and laundry, and wifi. Resident must offer a workshop to students, cover their own food and transportation. (literary arts)

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, PO Box 568, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-5860. 11-month program for 3-5 artists. Located 1 mile from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in eastern TN. Modest stipend paid. Shared house with private bedroom and studio. (visual arts)

Artcroft Center

Artcroft Center for Arts & Humanities, 2075 Johnson Rd., Carlisle, KY 40311 (859) 473-0552. Year-round residencies of 2-8 weeks for up to 3 artists at a time on a 400-acre working cattle farm in the Bluegrass region of central Kentucky. Private rooms, shared baths, meals provided. Fees charged; work-study scholarships and some reduced fees available. (visual, literary arts)


Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 821-2787. Regional emerging artist residency open to emerging artists from NC. Rent-free studio with 24-hr. access. (visual arts)

Aurora Project

The Aurora Project, RR1 Box 224, Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-6344. Housing in 2 19th c. restored cottages and weekday meals provided. Fees charged; no one turned down due to inability to pay. Optional community outreach opportunities; artists help with chores. (visual, literary, media arts)


Azule, PO Box 163, Hot Springs, NC 28743. (828) 622-3533.  Located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, 7 miles from Hot Springs and 50 miles from Asheville.  Can accommodate 3 artists at a time.  Fees charged by the week or the month. In addition to the types of artists usually supported in residency programs, Azule is open to architects, environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Bernheim Arboretum

Isaac W. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Isaac W. Bernheim Foundation, Hwy. 245, Claremont, KY 40110 (502) 543-2451. South of Louisville. Residencies for up to 6 weeks, stipend paid, 1 recipient per year. Artist expected to donate examples of a body of work during the residency and to be available on occasion to meet the Trustees and donors, and to conduct public presentations or workshops. Writing residency administered through Sarabande Books.  (visual, literary, environmental artists)

Chowan University Art Department

Chowan University, Visual Artist Residency Program, Dept. of Visual Art, 200 Jones Dr., Murfreesboro, NC 27855. Open to working artists holding MA or MFA degree in art; working in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, mixed media. Housing and meals, private studio, shared office, solo exhibition. (visual arts)

Elsewhere Artist Collaborative

Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, 606 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27406 (336) 549-5555. A “living installation, museum of process, and art production space” in a former thrift store (housing a 58-year inventory of American surplus and antiques) in downtown Greensboro hosts artists-in-residence who create site-specific, conceptual, or technology-based projects. Residencies of one month. Residents live in converted boarding house rooms, and are invited to participate in the food co-op and share cooking. Fees charged. (visual, literary, and media arts)

Green River Writers Retreat

Green River Writers Retreat, AIR Program, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (615) 296-4420. Offers workshops, monthly critique sessions, as well as retreats. Fees charged. (literary arts)

Hill House Farms

Hill House Farms, 8161 Highway 100 #177, Nashville, TN 37221 (615) 662-8258. Bed and breakfast writers retreat on 34 acres of trails and springs nestled in fox hunting country. You may bring your horse with you. Weekend or weeklong residencies include 3 meals daily; special diets can be accomodated. Non-smoking environment. Fees charged; some full grants available on a competitive basis for aspiring and professional writers. (visual, literary arts)

Hopscotch House

Hopscotch House/Kentucky Foundation for Women, 8221 Wolf Pen Branch Rd., Prospect, KY 40059 (502) 228-4875. Open only to KY women artists whose art focuses on positive social change. Located on a 10-acre farmstead 13 miles east of Louisville. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Hub-Bub Arts Residencies

Hub-Bub Arts Residencies, PO Box 8421, Spartanburg, SC 29305 (864) 582.0056. Open to emerging visual artists and writers aged 20 to 30. Accommodations for 4 artists at a time for 11-month periods in a 1920s-era Cadillac store in downtown Spartanburg. Artists in residence must work 15-20 hours a week in the arts center, which may include open studio events, community outreach, working in the box office or gallery, as well as general upkeep and maintenance of the facilities. Modest stipend provided. (visual, literary, and media arts)

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg College in Virginia, Richard H. Thornton Endowment, English Dept., 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501-3199 804/522-8267. Fiction writers, playwrights, or poets who have published at least one book are eligible; one semester long (8 weeks); housing, meals, $8,000 stipend; resident must teach a weekly seminar for undergraduates, visit classes as guest speaker, give one public reading. (literary arts)

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park, AIR Program, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 (270) 785-2254. Residencies of 2-4 weeks year-round; open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, video/filmmakers. (visual and media arts)

McColl Center for Visual Art

McColl Center for Visual Art, Artists-in-Residence Program, 721 Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202. (704) 332-5535. 3 month residencies in the Fall and Winter. Private studios, materials budget, daily stipend, access to metal and wood studio equipment, media lab, print shop, darkroom, sculpture studio, and ceramic facility. Travel allowance and apartments to out-of-state artists. 6 artists per session join 8 area affiliate artists. Residents participate in open houses, artist forums, outreaches, workshops. (visual arts)

Paducah Arts Alliance

Paducah Artist in Residence Program, Paducah Arts Alliance, 627 Madison St., Paducah, KY 42001 (270) 519-2341. Residencies from 2 weeks to 2 months in length. Located in western Kentucky at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Provides accommodations and studio space for individual artists or collaborating teams of 2 or 3. Artists must engage with the public (exhibit, workshop, lecture, or work with local artists). Monthly stipend paid. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Penland School

Penland School, Penland Rd., Penland, NC 28765 (704) 765-2359. AIR Program. Open to artists working in sculpture, textiles, photography, jewelry, mixed media, books, paper, drawing, metals, printmaking, wood, glass, or clay who are creating nontraditional studio crafts. Residencies of 2-3 years for up to 7 artists at a time. Housing and studio provided. Modest fees charged. (visual arts)

Poinsett State Park

Poinsett State Park, Artist-in-Residence Program, 6660 Poinsett Park Rd., Wedgefield, SC 29168. (803) 494-8179. Open to all visual artists who want to interpret the park and surrounding area in their work. One-week stay. Housing in a rustic Civilian Conservation Corps cabin, fully furnished with bed and bath linens, heating, AC, and a full kitchen. Each artist selected will be asked to contribute a piece of work representative of their stay at the park, to be displayed in the cabins and throughout the park. Must be willing to reside in a secluded environment. (visual arts)

Porches Writing Retreat

The Porches Writing Retreat, 56 Pine Hill Lane, Norwood, VA 24581 (434) 263-4135. Historic 1854 farmhouse overlooking the James River Valley. Can accomodate 3 writers at a time in private rooms. Canoeing, hiking, and vineyards nearby. Fees charged. Open on first-come, first-served basis. (literary arts)

Rensing Center

Rensing Center, 1165 Mile Creek Road, Pickens, SC 29671. (917) 690-2031.  Located on 28 acres in the rolling rural hills of beautiful southern Appalachia, in Pickens County.  Residencies of 3 weeks to 3 months for 3 to 5 artists at a time.  Fees charged per week, residents expected to work for the Center 8 hours a week (or pay a higher weekly rate).  Open year-round.  (visual, literary, performing arts)

Rockvale Writers’ Colony

Rockvale Writers’ Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Rd., College Grove, TN 37046 (615) 368-2289. Located on 317 acres of rolling farmland; facilities include swimming pool, whirlpool spa, tennis court, hiking trails. Residencies of one to four weeks, open to writers of any genre aged 21 and up. Shared weekly dinner; all other food must be provided and prepared by residents. Fees charged. (literary arts)

Sundress Academy for the Arts

Sundress Academy for the Arts, 195 Tobby Hollow Ln., Knoxville, TN 37931. (865) 560-6106.  Located on a working farm less than 1/2 hour from downtown Knoxville.  2 artists in residence at a time; shared kitchen, bath, living room.  Library, letterpress, woodworking tools available for use.  Length: one week to two months.  Fees charged per week; residents must also work on the farm 5-10 hours a week.  (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mt. San Angelo, Box VCCA, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 (804) 946-7236. Approximately 60 miles south of Charlottesville, situated on a 450-acre estate at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Open year-round, accommodates up to 25 artists at a time. Residencies range from two weeks to two months and include private studios, private bedrooms and three prepared meals a day. Residents may use the facilities of nearby Sweet Briar College. VCCA asks residents to contribute to the cost of their residency if able, but financial ability does not figure into the selection process. Special fellowships available for artists of limited means and artists of ethnically diverse backgrounds. (visual, literary and performing arts)

Webb School

Webb School, 9800 Webb School Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 693-0011. Independent day school for grades K-12. Artist in residence creates their own work on campus for a 4-6 week period. Residency includes exhibition, public lecture, stipend, studio, materials allowance. Must be enthusiastic, willing to provide students access to your artistic thoughts and processes. (visual arts)

Weymouth Center

Weymouth Center, 145 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387 or PO Box 939, Southern Pines, NC 28388 (910) 692-6261. 22-room Georgian Manor house located on 20 acres, no fees, North Carolina writers and translators only, purchase and prepare own food, short residencies of 1 to 2 weeks (literary arts)

Wildacres Retreat

Wildacres Retreat, PO Box 280, Little Switzerland, NC 28749 (828) 756-4573. Located on 1,600 acres atop Pompey Ridge approx. one hour from Asheville, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Individual cabins for each resident; 1 artist at a time; residencies of 1 week. Housing and meals provided. (visual, literary, performing arts)