The 214 Artist Residency fund strives to invest in and focus on the creative, technical, and professional development of our local 2D and 3D visual artists, enabling them to increase their creative production by providing a free, secure, co-creative studio space for six weeks. Each cohort of artists will have approximately two months in the studio and one month for an exhibition highlighting the work they created on site. This fund will provide visual artists with time and space to take creative risks, expand artistically, and build relationships with community by hosting a public workshop as well as a studio or gallery exhibition.


  • Practicing 2D & 3D visual artists are eligible to apply
  • Artists must reside in Benton or Washington County in Northwest Arkansas
  • Resident projects must take into account studio dimensions, including a ceiling height of 8’
  • Woodworking, welding, foundry work, and glassblowing are not allowed due to facility limitations
  • Artists will be required to lead one public workshop at 214, as well as a studio or gallery exhibition


Project proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of members from the 214 Advisory Committee and Leadership Council, CACHE Staff, and representatives of the Tyson Family Foundation.

To determine awards, the panel will consider the following three items: 1) Does the project present opportunities for Professional/Artistic Growth and Risk-taking? 2) Is the project feasible and does the applicant demonstrate the capacity and skill to achieve what they propose? 3) Does the applicant outline a compelling artistic vision or purpose for their practice in general, and does the project concept align with this artistic vision or purpose?


With support from CACHE, Artists in Residence will identify a mentor from a pool of pre-determined local and national professionals to guide them in conversations around personal artistic development, entrepreneurship, quality of exhibition, as well as general encouragement and individual support.

To accommodate four different artists occupying two spaces, a form of modular partition walls will be utilized; these added assets will fulfill the function of additional gallery walls to support artist exhibitions. To assist in preparing each respective studio and for exhibitions, each artist will have support from CACHE staff.

Amount: $3,000
Available Awards: 16, 4 Artists Per Quarter
Disciplines: 2D and 3D Visual Art
Timeframe: 6 week residency + 1 month exhibition