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How our residency program is responding to COVID 19:

We have extended our residency deadline to June 8 to give artists a little more time to complete their applications for residencies falling between October 2020 and August 2021.

While we will be postponing some of this year’s residencies until next season, we will also be selecting and placing new artists from our batch of current applications.

Because we expect a drop in applications this year, we anticipate that the process will be no more competitive than in prior years (and perhaps even less competitive) regarding the ratio of spots available vs. overall applicants.

If, for some reason, an artist is awarded a residency this year but conditions prohibit them from joining us next season, their residency will rollover and will be rescheduled at a time when travel/residencies are possible. 

Application deadline: June 8, 2020.

Fee: $40

The Peyton Evans Artists in Residence Program


The Studios of Key West was founded in 2006 with the initial inspiration of simply providing space for artists to live and work, thereby drawing creative people to our island and enriching the lives of all who live here. In those earliest days, our founder Peyton Evans gathered fourteen of Key West’s most successful artists and writers and arranged for them to participate in artist residency programs throughout the country, then return to help us craft our own program combining the best of what they’d seen and learned.

Hundreds of writers and artists have since come to Key West through the Peyton Evans Artists in Residence Program, many returning and several relocating permanently. Each has benefited from the island’s unique character, and left something of themselves behind. The Peyton Evans Artists in Residence Program celebrates the spirit of exploration with which it was founded, the artists it was established to serve, and the vision, wisdom and generosity of the woman for whom it’s named.

About the Artists in Residence Program


The Studios offers a residency program for emerging and established artists and writers designed to encourage creative, intellectual and personal growth. The program grants nearly 35 artists each year the time and space to imagine new artistic work, engage in valuable dialogue and explore island connections.

The Studios’ residency program is community-based and built upon the hope that visiting artists will take inspiration from Key West’s rich artistic past and present, and will engage with — and be inspired by — the remarkable people and culture that surrounds them.

Key West’s official motto, “One Human Family” reflects our commitment to living together as caring, sharing neighbors dedicated to making our home as close to paradise as we can. To that end, we encourage artists of all races, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities to apply.

Residencies are almost a full month, and run from the 16th of the month through the 14th of the next.

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