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.

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


“Cannot recommend it highly enough. From the quiet of the cottages, to the support of the Studios staff and the community, to the vibrant culture of Key West, this is an ideal set-up for an artist looking to make major progress on their work.”
-Lucas Schaefer, November 2017 Artist-in-Residence


We are currently accepting applications for residencies falling between Oct 2018 and Aug 2019. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2018.

The online application can be found here.

Applications for residency at The Studios of Key West must now be submitted through an online application process. A $40 application fee applies to online submissions and is collected through an application portal.


Do you accept applications from writers, musicians, dancers, etc?

Yes. When submitting an application, artists must select one of five program areas in which to apply: Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Musical Arts, and Performing Arts. The application fees for each program are the same.

Do you provide financial support?

We’re sorry, we are currently unable to provide financial support for accepted artists. 

If I am accepted, what time of year will my residency be scheduled?

• Period 1: Oct 2018 thru Jan 2019
• Period 2: Feb 2019 thru Apr 2019
• Period 3: May 2019 thru Aug 2019

If you are granted a residency, we will ask you to rank the time slots falling within that Residency Period according to preference, and will work with you to schedule your residency in a slot that is mutually agreeable. (We are unable to schedule residencies in any other Residency Period than the one to which you applied.)

How long do residencies last?

Almost a full month — residencies begin on the 16th of the month and conclude on the 14th of the following month. (e.g. artists may arrive on April 16 and must depart on May 14).

How many artists apply/do you accept?

Last year, approximately 235 artists applied, and 31 artists (13%) were accepted.

What will my lodgings/workspace be like?

Artists are housed in Conch cottages with combined live/work spaces. At this time, we are not able to offer separate work studios to artists. In order to help us make your stay conducive to good work as possible, you must describe as clearly as possible what your space and living requirements/limitations will be when applying. (For example, are stairs an issue for you? Is there a reason you can’t share a kitchen? Are there any elements that are essential to your work process or studio setup that we should know about?)

Expectations and What's Provided

Supplemental Please check out the Expectations and What’s Provided link above, or email

Have a question we haven't answered?

Please email


If you’ve recently been accepted into the residency program, you can find more information about what to expect here.

As your residency month approaches, you’ll want to check out what’s expected of residency artists.

The Studios of Key West