About the Public Art Futures Lab Artist-in-Residency Program
Our Residency is designed for artists exploring emerging forms of creativity through the application of technology, from the virtual environments offered by extended reality (XR) platforms to generative designs powered by creative coding tools. Residents will be connected to a growing creative community while embarking upon artistic experimentation both in and out of the Lab.
The Residency is made possible through the support of Microsoft, our Official Technology Partner; Underground Atlanta, our Host Partner; residency partners MARTA Artbound and A&E Atlanta; and our knowledge partners Spelman Innovation Lab, the Georgia State Creative Media Industries Institute, and Georgia Tech Arts.
Artists will spend three months working from a studio space at Underground Atlanta. Each resident will have access to a computer outfitted for 3D graphics, programming, and multimedia production along with VR headsets, projectors, and a variety of other relevant technology. Access to additional spaces, equipment, and expertise will be offered through academic partners and residency sponsors, with the knowledge that art and technology is an ever-expanding world and there are countless opportunities to learn. Throughout the residency, artists will be connected to public and private partners in line with their interests and field of work, including university programs, commercial design and technology firms, and nonprofit organizations. Residents will have the opportunity to share their finished or in-progress work with the public in the form of an exhibition, workshop, artist talk, or other experience by the end of their residency in addition to the outcomes specified in the Residency Brief.
Residents receive a financial stipend from the Residency Partners. They will also benefit from feedback loops structured throughout the residency, designed to provide sounding boards and offer insight from experts, community members, and peers. In addition to providing input, these feedback loops will allow artists to showcase their current work and build valuable and long-term relationships. Learn more in the FAQ
Who is the residency for?
The three residencies are open to Atlanta Metropolitan Area artists of all disciplines. While residents are expected to develop a project related to and using technology, prior technical knowledge is not a requirement.
Preference will be given to projects that encourage innovation in the arts, expanding notions of what art is and how it can be experienced. We encourage artists to think outside the scope of traditional art forms and explore new possibilities and methods of presentation.
We will prioritize applications that advance the Public Art Futures Lab objectives, including breaking down barriers to art and technology access, engaging with new audiences in innovative ways, and exploring new spaces for public art using technology.
Only three artists in residence will be selected for the 2023 cycle. Project proposals will be evaluated on their:
- Originality and innovation of the response to the Residency Brief
- The type and extent to which technology is incorporated into the artist's project
- The viability of the project in relation to the scope of the residency, budget, and the project's achievability
- Alignment with the Public Art Futures Lab goals and values
- The potential impact of the artist's project on Fulton County residents and the broader arts community
- The artist's familiarity with their proposed area of inquiry.
- The artist's professional track record, defined as prior quality professional work