MOCA Tucson is the pre-eminent, artist-centered contemporary art institution in the Southwest. We believe that art has the power to change the world. We cultivate critical dialogue between artists and audiences about today’s world; support artists through the production and presentation of new, experimental work; and educate artists and audiences of tomorrow. Through varied programs, MOCA is Tucson’s primary resource for contemporary art and maintains a full exhibition, education, and artist-in-residence program.

Artists working in all media and at any stage of their career are welcome to apply for residencies for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 3 months between October 15, 2019 and May 31, 2020. The selected artists will each receive a 400 sq. ft. studio and a 400 sq. ft. apartment to create new work at MOCA Tucson with a potential solo presentation of that work. Artists are required to spend a minimum of 25 hours/week working in their studio. Artists will have free WiFi, access to shared bathrooms/kitchens/library/living space, and access to a shared woodshop/production space. Artists are encouraged to give a public lecture and/or workshop at the museum, and during the course of the residency, we will arrange for curator visits to the artists’ studios. MOCA staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of our Artists-in-Residence. Spouses, children, and pups are all welcome to visit and live with selected artists during their residency.

MOCA offers live/work studio space, exhibition opportunity, marketing support, and a nominal $1,000 production stipend only. Travel to/from the residency is the responsibility of the artist. MOCA will also produce a short video documenting artists’ experiences/process during the residency that can be used on the artists’ websites.

Application Deadline is THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019, 5PM PST. The selected artists will be notified by September 1, 2019.


Artists working in all media and at all levels of their career are encouraged to apply. Applications will be judged based on the quality of work samples, statement of purpose, and potential to make the most of their time in the program. A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for fall 2018 and spring 2019.

All applicants will be notified by e-mail. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL MOCA FOR SELECTION RESULTS.


All applicants must be able to work in the United States, 18 years or older, not currently enrolled in any degree program, and able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the residency.


Organization/Company: MOCA Tucson
Location: Tucson, AZ
Deadline: August 15, 2019, 5PM PST
How to Apply: Apply at