The Free Studio Residency gives away a small private studio to a local artist/maker on a quarterly basis. Check out the residency blog at Little Village! 


Corinne Teed
Della Nuno
Nick Kleese
Emily Jalinsky
Tom Buckholz
Christopher Willauer/Erika Narhi-Martinez [Press-Citizen article]
Carolyn Bergonzo
Zak Neumann 
Tony Streeter
Curt Oren*
Max Johnson*
Dana Telsrow
*=free radical resident

Application information


»space« ·  72 sq. ft. private studio with sink, window, and wifi ·  use of PS1 community space (performance space, foyer, kitchen, garden) ·  access to IC Press Co-op

»residents benefit from« ·  PS1 community/resources ·  support of PS1 staff ·  Sandbox page on the Little Village website to share work:

»who« 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!

»expectations« Residents are expected to ·  make significant use of their studio/the PS1 workspace ·  participate in the PS1 community ·  post in the LV Sandbox ·  present their work to the public (workshops, exhibition, installation, performance, talk, etc.)

»to apply« Submit a written statement describing how would like to use the time and space. You may also include documentation of previous work or a website URL; however, the residency proposal will carry more weight than any supplementary materials.

Preference will be given to non-students proposing innovative, experimental, and/or interdisciplinary work that will make use of the resources specific to PS1. The proposal does not have to be one discrete project, and emphasis will not be on completion or creating “products,” but on the value of process and experimentation. Residents will be selected by a rotating group composed of PS1 volunteer staff and community representatives.

Send your application to: or Public Space One 120 N. Dubuque St. Iowa CIty, IA 52245

Send questions to:


Q: May more than one person apply together?
A: Pairs and groups may apply only if their proposal focuses on collaborative work.

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 probably isn’t feasible if you don’t live near Iowa City. However, location doesn’t exclude applicants, but please explain in your application how you plan to overcome geography. Also, we hope to offer housing for one of the four residency terms per year, so stay tuned!

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, 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!