The Free Studio Residency gives away a small private studio to a local artist/maker on a regular basis.

Applications for the Nov. 2019-Jan. 2020 residency are due Sunday, Oct. 6 at midnight.

Julia J. Wolfe is the March-Sept. 2019 Free Studio Resident

M. Ryan Noble // Bethany Laranda Wood // Jordan Adams //Vero Rose Smith // Bernadette Hornbeck //Corinne Teed // Della Nuno // Nick Kleese // Emily Jalinsky // Tom Buckholz // Christopher Willauer/Erika Narhi-Martinez // Carolyn Bergonzo // Zak Neumann // Tony Streeter // Curt Oren // Max Johnson // Dana Telsrow 




»to apply«

Submit a written statement describing how would like to use the time and space of the residency studio. Please include documentation of previous work or a website URL if available; however, the residency proposal will carry more weight than any supplementary materials which are not necessary for a successful application. [check out our application tips below!]

Preference will be given to non-students that will make use of the resources specific to PS1. Process and experimentation are valued in the selection process and completion of discrete projects or "product creation" need not be emphasized. However, proposals that focus on process and experimentation should clearly state the ideas that will be explored and some concrete steps of that process.

Residents will be selected by a rotating group composed of PS1 volunteer staff and community representatives. Selected finalists will be asked for an in-person (or video) interview.

Send your application to:
or Public Space One 229 N. Gilbert St. Iowa City, IA 52245



75 sq. ft. private studio with wifi · access to shared sink · use of PS1 community space ·  access to IC Press Co-op equipment
*please note, the studio is only accessible via stairs

»residents benefit from«
24/7 access to a private studio at PS1 · PS1 community/resources ·  feedback from PS1 gallery team

open to Iowa City area artists/creators of all sorts, including those who work with: paint · paper · food · sound · light · the body · ink · cloth · words · objects · video · people · concepts · buildings · events · metal · the internet · wood · digital images · etc!

Residents are expected to: ·  make significant use of their studio/the PS1 workspace ·  meet with the PS1 gallery team twice during the residency·  host at least one open studio   ·  participate in the PS1 community·  conclude the residency by presenting their work to the public (workshops, exhibition, installation, performance, talk, etc.)

»tips for a successful application«

  1. Be as specific as you can. While the residency is open to individuals engaging in a wide array of creative endeavors in all stages of development, the selection committee needs information to evaluate an applicant. Address who, what, why, and how in your application. What you write is by no means binding and an artist can change direction of their work in the residency at any time. That being said, giving us clear and concrete ideas of your proposed endeavor/practice at the time of onset is very helpful.

  2. More is not more. Free-associative paragraphs and long lists of potential endeavors are usually not a path to a successful application. Feel free to be creative with your proposal, but remember that the people reading it probably aren't familiar with your work or ideas.

  3. Consider the space. A substantial portion of the work for your proposed project should occur IN the residency studio, which is something we've noticed that wasn't clear for some past applicants. While your 5-piece concept band/community dinner club/dance project is likely interesting to us (and feel free to propose it as a non-residency project to!), it is UNLIKELY to benefit from a 72 sq ft studio. This program is specifically focused on the studio.

  4. Convince us that you’ll make productive use of the space/time. Before you start your application, take a careful look at your calendar and make sure you can commit to being present in Iowa City during the majority of the residency. Second, while here in IC, can you commit to substantial work in the PS1 studio? (How will you fit this new opportunity into your life?) Third, briefly address this in your application.


Q: May more than one person apply together?
A: Pairs and groups may apply only if their proposal focuses on collaborative work. Keep in mind that the studio is small!

Q: I don’t live in the Iowa City area. Can I apply for the Free Studio Residency?
A: We expect residents to make regular use of the space and can’t currently offer housing, so this residency is currently limited to local artists.

Q: I am a student. Can I apply for the Free Studio Residency?
A: It’s not that we don’t love students! The Free Studio Residency is designed primarily to support individuals who do not have institutional support or access to studio space and equipment. Also, full-time students may not have time in addition to their coursework to take full advantage of the residency. However, students are not excluded from applying, but if you are a student, please explain why you qualify in your application.

Q: This FAQ didn’t answer my questions. What should I do?
A: Email us at We would love to answer your questions!