Open Call for Artist-in-Residence Applications

BLCA is an engaged and vibrant artist community that focuses on the visual and literary arts.  Housed in a building built in 1847 on the Mississippi River, the art center offers a gallery, studio spaces, an art library, a gift shop, and meeting areas.  Located just 10 miles north of downtown Minneapolis in the suburb of Fridley, the space is accessible via car or bus. The BLCA Artist-in-Residence program is pleased to accept applications from emerging and mid-career artists.

Residency Dates

The Artist-in-Residence term will begin March 1, 2017 and will run to August 31, 2018 (18 months)

Application deadline: December 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Residency recipient will be announced by February 15, 2017.


The dedicated studio space on the second floor is 8’x18’ with 8’ ceilings, has 3 windows, and a closet.  Due to the small size of the studio, the space is most conducive to drawing, painting, collage, illustration, smaller scale sculptures, digital work, etc. There is no running water on the second floor of the facility.

Artist-in-Residence Benefits

$1000 stipend

24-hour access to BLCA facilities including a dedicated A-I-R studio with storage space

A solo or AIR curated exhibition in the galleries July 28 to August 25, 2018

Consignment opportunity through the gift shop at BLCA

Opportunity to teach workshops and classes for additional wages

Support from a community of working artists and BLCA staff


Artist-in-Residence Responsibilities

Actively create art in the building on a regular basis.

Plan and help implement the culminating exhibition in the galleries, providing quality work for public viewing.

Willingness to conduct demonstrations, workshops, and participate in BLCA programming such as tours, exhibition openings and workshops

Selection Process and Criteria

Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by BLCA staff and panelists from the visual arts community. A variety of factors will be used to assess residency candidates, but the proposal and visual images will be weighed heavily.  In person interviews may be called with selected finalists.

To apply, submit via email to with the following attachments:

  • A one page statement of how this residency would benefit the artist and why the Banfill environment is conducive to the work of the artist. Address how the residency will benefit the artist’s further development and a willingness by the artist to engage with BLCA’s community.
  • A CV or Resume detailing relevant art experiences or recognitions
  • 5-10 images of art work

Application deadline: December 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Note that this is an artistic residency and does not offer room and board.

For further information about the Artist-in-Residence opportunity at BLCA, contact us at