The Atlantic Center for Arts offers a three-week Master-in-Residence Program that brings together three “Master Artists” from different disciplines, such as the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, and multimedia), architecture, music (composition and performance), literature, choreography, dance, performance art, and theater. Each Master Artist determines the requirements and basic structure of their residency, and through an online application process, they each may select up to eight “Associate Artists” to participate in the three-week program. The essence of the program is to provide a collegial environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the cross-fertilization of disciplines. The programs can include formal classes, discussions, individual meetings, individual and group critiques, collaboration, and studio time. The award-winning Leeper Studio Complex provides residents with resources such as a painting studio, sculpture studio, digital media studio, dance studio, music/recording studio, writers’ studio, black box theatre and library.
“I cannot praise the architecture and game plan for ACA highly enough. For professional creative artists this program is a godsend.” – Eric Bogosian, playwright/actor – Master Artist
Private accommodations are provided for each artist. Associate Artists are provided with a private room with a full-size bed, bathroom with shower, small refrigerator, and desk space with a view of the natural vegetation. Master Artists each have their own cottage that also includes a full kitchen and sitting area, as well as views of the surrounding landscape. Three meals a day are provided in the Whatmore Commons during the week to all artists; special dietary needs are accommodated. Meals are not provided on the weekends, however, ACA arranges transportation to the market twice a week and the kitchen facilities in the Whatmore Commons are available 24/7. The entire facility is handicap accessible and handicap-accessible rooms are available.
During their stay, Associates spend approximately two hours per day, Monday through Friday, working with their Master Artist and their group in meetings, workshops, casual conversations and occasional recreational activities. When not with the Master Artist, Associates are free to spend the remainder of their time pursuing their own projects. Studios are communal and shared, and are open to all artists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.