Residency Program

The Luminary invites applications for our 2018 Residency Program.

As a leading artist-run and artist-centric space, The Luminary supports exceptional ideas and initiatives by providing dedicated time, considered collaborations and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artists, curators and critics, but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and para-institutional practices. We are looking for applicants interested in expanding the idea of the institution in the present, exploring the borders of contemporary art and the means in which it circulates and embodying radical and equitable practices of care, collectivity, and collaboration.

The Luminary works closely with each resident to facilitate the space, knowledge and collaborative opportunities with artists, curators, local residents and other organizations necessary for their work. Residents are provided well-equipped studios, housing, numerous opportunities for public engagement such as lectures, solo exhibitions, studio visits and workshops, as well as modest stipends.

The program also supports several ephemeral and experimental initiatives, such as our Special Residency Session in 2017, FLOAT, and an International Exchange.

Residency for Artist Parents

Additionally, thanks to the support of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, we will offer a dedicated residency for artists, critics and curators with children. While we are always supportive of proposals from artist parents, these select residencies will come with additional financial support, assistance with childcare, and a personalized environment for the unique needs of families.

Residencies are available year-round from one week up to three months. Please note that the program is not active in August or December.

Applications are due July 31st, 2017 for residencies taking place throughout 2018.

To apply, please fill out the online application.
Please note there is a non-refundable $25 application fee.
For questions regarding the application process, please contact

See: Residency Program FAQs
See: Select Saint Louis Art Spaces and Projects

Special Residency Session for Black Artists

Over the next six months, The Luminary will host a special residency session supporting the work of 8 leading St. Louis artists. The Luminary will support the group individually and collectively through studio space, visits with critics and curators, participation in exhibitions, consultation, documentation, archiving, writing and more in response to the shifting needs and concerns of the participants. The session is an experiment in direct care and communal collaboration, asking how we as an institution can share not only our resources, but our power to better serve black artists in particular in this critical moment for our city and nation’s history, as well as be interrogated ourselves to learn together towards new institutional forms.

International Exchange

In 2013, The Luminary initiated an international exchange program to create an exchange of opportunities between artists, curators and organizations in St. Louis and another international city. In most cases both residency accommodations and exhibition opportunities will be provided, but each exchange will be unique. This program is currently by invitation only.

2016 BERLIN: Nightmare City and Regina Martinez at Center for Art and Urbanism
2014 FLORENCE: Radical Intention and US English
2013 COPENHAGEN: Heidi Hove and Daniel McGrath


FLOAT is an annual, off-site, short-term gathering that will utilize innovative residency structures to create intensive points of exchange. Each year’s weeklong intensive FLOAT will have a different theme explored in conjunction with a guest artist or curator, and will always involve time spent on a river. Currently inactive.

FLOAT 2015: Tactical Walking Camp [An Imperative to Map]
FLOAT 2014: [Collective] Isolation with Radical Intention

Generous support for the residency program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission, Bluefield Engineering and The Luminary's members.