The NWAA Residency program is focused on developing exploratory activation of  spaces through creative process, artist usage and experimentation. The NWAA will work collaboratively with applying artists and groups to determine and create the residency experience specific to their needs, space requirements and project goals. Our non-traditional program provides visiting artists with a unique freedom to imagine and expand their creative practice.

Our ongoing creative relationships with the University of Delaware, the Delaware College of Art & Design, the Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Historical Society & Museum, the Shipley Lofts Artist Community and various Wilmington commercial development groups allow us to provide a wide range of resources for Artists-In-Residence. Artists-In-Residence enjoy the immediate connection to the NWAA Member Artist community of over 100 active creative professionals from around the country.

The NWAA Residency program is a unique opportunity for anyone to develop a new project, explore a temporary personal studio experience or realize a creative impact on a community.

Area Resources

The NWAA Residency program provides immediate proximity to the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA), the Delaware Art Museum, Winterthur, the DuPont Theatre, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and countless other regional galleries, museums, project spaces and creative venues. The City of Wilmington is positioned within short driving or mass-transit distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

At this time the NWAA does not provide area housing accommodations for Artists-In-Residence.

Application Requirements & Submission Materials

As a grass-roots organization in a historic “redeveloping” urban environment the NWAA encourages applying artists who have a strong creative interest in social practice, community development, site-specific projects and collaborative outreach. Artists and creatives of all fields and interests are eligible and welcome to apply with projects of any scope.

  • 5-10 examples of previous works, installations, performances or projects
  • Statement of Intent (800 words max.)
  • Current resume/CV (including contact information)

Statement of Intent (800 words max.)

Tell us about your project! How do you plan to utilize a space? What do you envision as the result of your time in the space – a lecture, an exhibition, a publication or media? What is your desired residency duration? Are there any costs associated with the realization of your project?

Submission Deadline: Rolling (November 2011 – May 2012)

Submit all materials and inquiries to

Our Residency Review Committee will review your application and respond within 2 weeks from submission. If your application is approved we will begin working with you to tailor the program to your needs shortly thereafter.

New Wilmington Art Association does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, nationality, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

Image Credit:
“Nie Struktur”, Ron Longsdorf and Jim Zeske, 2010


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