Residency FAQs

What is the 36 Chase Residency?  

It is a residency for visual artists, writers and art historians/curators which was designed to further our goal of nurturing, supporting, and promoting the work and criticism of historically underrepresented artists and art historians.  Our aspiration is to modify the current art history and literature canon to be more inclusive and better reflect its true diversity.

We offer 3- and 6-month residency terms (6-month term is two, back-to-back 3-month terms).  

How long is the Residency?  

Typically, 3-month to 6-month and case by case. 

Alternate terms of at least 1 month and no more than 6 months are considered SUBJECT AVAILABILITY

We accept applications on a rolling basis.  

1 Writer:

1-2 Visual Artists:

Will I be alone or will there be other Residents there?

Yes and No. It varies each term.

Each session can have up to 4 residents: 
2 visual artists; and
1 art historian/curator/writer

Expectations of the visual artist residents:
Donation of an Artwork. The donation of an additional artwork serves to subsidize the cost of tuition for financial aid recipients.

Who should apply?

All are welcome to apply.  This program is primarily designed for 2 visual artists and 1 art historian/curator/writer at the masters to PhD level.  It is ideal for candidates who are recent MFA graduate students.  Art historians who are conducting research and criticism specifically addressing the many overlooked contributions of female artists, artists of color, and artists from the LGBQT communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

You will be notified of acceptance within 2-3 weeks from date of submission.

What is the application fee?


How are Residents selected? What is the process?  

A jury consisting of ERICA BROUSSARD representatives and select art professionals will review applications on the merit of artistic quality; proposed project and studio practice; and the benefit from participation in the program.

How do I apply?

Request an application. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

What materials will I need to apply?

You will need a CV, two references, work samples and descriptions, and residency proposal/artist statement. Please include tools, equipment, and material you’ll be using and bringing to the residency.  See application for further details.

When do I find out if I’ve been accepted?

All applicants will receive notice within 2 to 3 weeks from submission.  Soon thereafter, we will be conducting phone interviews with our top applicants and making our final selection.

How much does it cost?

The maximum fee is $375 per person, per week, ($1,500 per month) for either the 3-month or 6-month term. All participants are required to donate one artwork to the Residency.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. All applicants will be considered for subsidies based on a combination of readiness to benefit from the residency and financial need. An additional artwork is requested and serves to subsidize the cost of tuition for financial aid recipients. We are unable to offer full tuition scholarships at this time.

When do I find out if I’ve received financial aid assistance?

Notification of financial aid assistance will accompany notification of acceptance into the residency program. 

When are residency fees due?

A $500 initial deposit is due upon acceptance into the program (submitted with a signed offer letter) to secure your spot. The initial deposit (also housing deposit) is refundable within 30 days after completing the residency term. The residency tuition will be paid in two installments (or 3 installments for a 6-month term) with the final installment and all funds cleared at least 30 days prior to start of the residency.   

Example for a 3-month term:  Your initial deposit of $500 is due upon acceptance with a signed offer letter.   Your total residency tuition is $4,500.  Your first installment payment is $2,250 and your second (final) payment is $2,250. 

Should you be selected, you’ll receive an offer with specific instructions and payment deadlines.

What are my options for traveling to North Adams?

Visitors arriving by plane generally fly to Albany, NY (1-hour away) or Hartford, CT (nearly 2 hours away). Boston’s Logan Airport is approximately 2.5 hours away by car, and the New York City airports are 3 to 3.5 hours away.
When should I arrive for my residency?  


Between 12PM and 3PM at the residency.  On arrival day, or soon thereafter, 36 Chase & Barns will host a group dinner to welcome the new residents.


We ask that you vacate the house by 11AM and vacate your studio by 3PM.  You must return your apartment key and studio keys upon check-out or you will be billed for the replacement cost. (Selected candidates will receive a contract with residency address and the appointed day of check-in and check-out.) If you are unable to arrive or depart during the designated hours, you must make special arrangements (in advance) by emailing

What is provided during my residency?

Residents will receive 24-hour access to private studio space, plus lodging in a renovated colonial home. It's a 5-minute walk to downtown, MASS MoCA, and shopping. See below for details about apartment furnishings.  Residents will also receive the benefits of “temporary membership” during their stay to several local museums.

What is the housing situation like?

Residents are assigned their own private bedroom. The house has 4 bedrooms and 1 one bathroom.  The kitchen is shared.  Your private bedroom will be furnished with a bed and dresser, pillows, bath towels, and bedding, but you are welcome to bring your own .

The kitchen is supplied with essential cooking equipment including pots, pans, dishes, utensils, coffee maker, toaster, and stove/oven/microwave.

Who will do the critiques and when do they happen?

Select professionals from the local art community give critiques during the residency.  There will also be an open studio event.  Given the vibrant arts community, residents will have an opportunity to network and make connections with other artists and arts professionals within North Adams.

What materials does the residency provide?

Although we provide a minimally furnished studio space (worktable/workbench), all art materials and most equipment must be provided by the participant. Although we cannot guarantee special requests, we’ll do our best to help you find the proper equipment you’ll need for your time here. If you require anything unique, please note this in your application.

Note:  Make sure to list any unique materials/equipment you plan to bring to the space.  It is every resident’s responsibility to NOT bring toxic or hazardous materials on the premises.

What does the studio space look like?

The studio spaces are located in two renovated barns with a combination of plywood and concrete floors.  

The studio spaces have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

How big will my studio space be?

The shared studio spaces range in size from approximately 150 to 180 square feet for up to 2 artists (neither of the spaces are square).  Based on your application and what we know of your work, we will do our best to assign a space appropriate to your needs.

How often is the studio space open?

It is part of the property and all residents will have 24/7 access to their studio space. You will be given keys upon arrival that will allow you to work in your studio when you please!

Wi-Fi? Parking? Laundry? Cell phone coverage? Supermarket nearby?

All yes.


ERICA BROUSSARD is a commercial art gallery located in Orange County, California.  It is committed to elevating all manner of underrepresented artists and art historians/curators, especially those in the emerging art community.  It offers works showcasing excellence in innovation of process across all mediums, often highlighting expressions of race and identity colliding and blending to form the human experience.

How is ERICA BROUSSARD Gallery affiliated with 36 Chase?  

ERICA BROUSSARD GALLERY provides a commercial space/venue to give an opportunity to selected 36 Chase residents to exhibit and sell their work.


With world-class institutions nearby like the Williams College Museum of Art, the Clark Institute of Art, and, MASS MoCA there is tremendous for an artist to indulge in. 

If I don't have a car, do I need to have one?

It's your call.  North Adams is a walk-able town. The residency and housing are near downtown (with a variety of restaurants) and a shopping plaza with CVS and Big Y supermarket. If you want to explore nearby towns during your residency, having a rental car could be handy — but otherwise it isn’t necessary.

Can I bring my pet with me to the residency?

No.  Pets are not allowed in the residency housing or studio spaces.

Can I bring my spouse/partner/child/children to live with me during my residency?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate families during the residency. Of course, spouses/partners may apply for simultaneous residencies and should note that in their applications.


The program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in its admission policies.