Application & Fees

The 2022 Residency Application is closed for 2022!

Application decisions are released in early May.  


Deadline to Apply is Sunday, March 20 at 11:59PM CST


2022 Residency Dates

Session 1: June 27 - July 10 
Session 2:
July 31 -  August 13
Session 3:  August 18 - 31 


Application Fee Dates:

February 1 - 11: Free To Apply
February 12 - March 12: $40 Application Fee Period
March 13 - 20: $50 Application Fee Period

*Application fees cover and support the admissions panel review process. Fees are non-refundable and are subject to change from year to year. 

** Please note that application fees are due at the time of submission. You will be charged the fee based on when you submit your application, not when you started your application.

Notification of acceptance is late April / early May.


2022 Residency Fee

14-Day Session: $700

The residency fee is automatically split into two payments of $350. However, upon request, we are happy to work with residents to create an alternative payment plan of up to 4 payments, if needed. Please note that the first installment of the residency fee is non-refundable, as we may not be able to fill a vacancy with short notice. Residency fees can be paid using checks or through online payment services Venmo, PayPal, and Stripe. Once accepted you will receive details on how to make payment.

ACRE fundraises throughout the year in order to offer the residency program at a low cost to artists. It costs approximately $1,500 per resident to operate the residency program alone, which does not include the exhibitions program or other activities. Additionally, at this time all residency staff members are volunteers, receiving a small stipend.


COVID Protocol:

This summer we will continue with a restructured model focusing on smaller residencies with a reduced number of people on campus. Up-to-date vaccinations and a negative test before traveling are required for all visitors. For more information please see our On Site Agreements which outlines our protocols for staying at the farm in light of the ongoing pandemic. 


Additional Financial Resources

We are unable to award financial aid to all accepted residents. Below are some additional resources outside of our organization that accepted artists may be able to use to help fund their ACRE residency.

Institutional Support

If you are currently enrolled in school, contact your advisor. There may be funds available through your program or department to attend “professional development” workshops or artists residencies such as ACRE. Some schools will even provide funding for alumni. Please let us know if we can provide additional support or documentation of your acceptance by emailing

Grant Opportunities

In addition to your state, county or other local opportunities, there are various small project grants available across the United States.

The Awesome Foundation is awesome because it uses rolling deadlines and numerous small grants to make an impact on the lives of young artists. There are many chapters across the US and Canada:

The Awesome Foundation

Some grants are available for unexpected opportunities, such as residencies, often with a quick turn-around such as:

Foundation for Contemporary Arts (note that residencies with an exhibition component are eligible)
Artists Communities Alliance – emergency funds for painters and sculptors to attend residencies
Minnesota State Arts Board – covers professional development

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has a number of small grants for individuals that are part of their Regional Regranting Program:

Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA – project support
The Idea Fund, Houston, TX – project support
Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO – project support and career development
Precipice Fund, Portland, OR – project support
The Kindling Fund, Portland, ME – project support with public component
WaveMaker Grants, Miami, FL – project support with public component
Platforms, New Orlean, LA – project support and research and development support

In addition to these general grants, you may be eligible for specific geographical or culturally based grants that support individual artists. Below are resources for helping you find funding opportunities:

Funding Sources – Cranbook Academy of Art (includes opportunities by state)
Women Arts – Funding Resources
New York Foundation for the Arts – many resources and opportunities

Other grants for Individual Artists for project support:

Joyce Foundation – project-based support.
The Pollack-Krasner Foundation – visual artists with demonstrated need.
Creative Capital – project-based support.
Sustainable Arts Foundation – for artists and writers with children.
3Arts – Chicago-based artists.
Jerome Foundation – emerging artists.
Harpo Foundation – project-based support.
Rasmuson Foundation – Alaska-based artists.
Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship – US photographers.
Joan Mitchell Foundation – emerging visual artists + emergency grants.
Artist Trust – artists living in Washington State.
Puffin Foundation – work that addresses social and environmental issues.
Institute of International Education | Artist Protection Fund – funding for artists whose practice or lives are threatened.
Artadia – arists in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Asian Cultural Council – for artists that advance cultural exchange between the U.S. and the countries in Asia.
Franklin Furnace – project support for performing artists.
Graham Foundation – project support for artists dealing with architecture.