Apply for a Residency

We have good news, and bad news. The good news is that The Studios is preparing for a thorough renovation of the historic Carriage Trade Inn – home to the PEAR program – which will enhance our ability to support artists for a whole new generation. The bad news is that the renovations are expected to begin June 2022 and take a full year, so we will not be taking applications for residencies for the 2022-23 season.

If you would like to be put on a list to receive a notification when the residency application period opens up again, you can do so here.

Please stay tuned and check back in 2023!

Application and Selection Process
A Guide to Supplementary Materials


You’ll find that the Key West community is very welcoming to new people (especially creative ones!) – and there is never a shortage of things to do. In fact, many artists have said the challenge is finding time to work in between all the social “stuff” that goes on! Your time is yours to do with as you choose, of course, and we respect that you’ll need plenty of time to dream, reflect and create.

In the application process, we do ask that residents propose a program to be offered in exchange for the residency. This could be a workshop, an event or a reading, special project, or something else entirely. We may or may not schedule your program during your residency. If something is scheduled, we will work with you to provide materials for a class or any set up for an event. You will be contacted about this separately after accepting your residency.


The residencies are equipped with basic linens and kitchen utensils. There is laundry on site. Please bring your own beach towels. You will need to bring your personal items including clothes, toiletries,  and work supplies/materials. We are at the “end of the road,” but have the stores that most towns have: pharmacies, groceries, library, secondhand and boutique clothing, computer stores and a very robust Saturday morning yard sale routine.

Through a generous sponsorship by We-Cycle Bikes, a ‘conch-cruiser’ bike is provided free for your use. Bikes will be delivered after you arrive and come with a basket, lock, and lights.

Image: A gathering of PEARs, Studios staff, and local writers and artists (FEB 2021).