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!

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The Studios of Key West provides a collaborative and supportive environment for creative experience. We offer studio space, lectures, workshops, residencies, partnership projects and nurture the creation of work. Our mission is to build audiences and support the advancement of established and emerging creative people in the Florida Keys.

Our purpose is to remind us of our own creativity, empower artists to show us the world in new ways, use the arts to build friendships and establish Key West as a beacon of cultural activity.


WorkshopsThe Studios’ largest program serves over 1,000 people each season, with more than 50 distinct classes in a range of media for artists from beginners to professionals. Our instructors include year-round, local artists, and artists visiting from across the globe, either to live at The Studios’ Conch cottages for a month as Artists in Residence, or just to teach what they know.

ExhibitionsThe Studios presents exhibitions in two spaces, our first floor Sanger Gallery, and the smaller XOJ Gallery. With each season we strive to balance established and emerging artists, both local and from out of town, while looking for opportunities to explore Key West as a place and to foster collaboration with other organizations.

Studios. The artists who put “studios” in The Studios of Key West are a select group representing the best of our island’s creative spirit. They are painters, photographers, designers, craft artists and more, breathing life into our community from their work spaces on the 3rd floor of our main campus.

Performance. Our rollicking concert series features roots-oriented music from folk and blues to world music and jazz. Cutting edge performances at The Studios includes dance, performance art, small scale theatrical productions, virtual and rooftop concerts, burlesque and circus arts.

Community EngagementThe Studios has long embraced the goal of breaking down barriers to art and being an integrated part of Key West life. Central to our community programs are youth education programs in out-of-school settings, presented in collaboration with other institutional partners. We’ve recently expanded upon initiatives including a Spring Break art camp at the Douglass Center in Bahama Village, and a summer ArtCampin collaboration with the Key West Art & Historical Society.

Images: Anika Larsen & Freddy Maxwell on Hugh’s View (JUL 2021), Plein Air Painting with Priscilla Coote (MAR 2021), Lindsay Lou virtual concert for Old Town New Folk via Mandolin (MAR 2021), Woodcut Relief with Wayne Garcia (APR 2018), Undying Love: A Key West Musical (FEB-MAR 2018 / EVENT).