Kranzberg Arts Residencies

Open submission for the 2021/2022 Kranzberg Arts Residencies for Individual Artists have closed. 

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation has long been a major patron of the arts in St. Louis and is committed to aligning our resources to aid in and advance the flourishing renaissance of the arts in the St. Louis area. Growth in the local arts community is now more vigorous than ever, however, the shortage of affordable artists’ work and presentation spaces has been a clear obstacle in the path of our artists. In consideration of this problem and in support and recognition of St. Louis area artists, the Foundation  is redefining and expanding our short and long-term residency programs.

The Foundation hosts partnerships with over 150 arts organizations and presenters in the St. Louis region and provides an intersection of arts  venues and work environments that serve a full range of artistic processes. We encourage your exploration of our spaces and hope you will find, within our network, potential that will deeply enrich your artistic practice.  

 Most of our venues are located in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District in Midtown St. Louis and  are surrounded by some of  St. Louis’ most distinguished cultural assets,  including the Fox Theater, St. Louis Symphony, Contemporary Arts Museum,  The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Jazz St. Louis,  the home of Public Media and so much more.

We are thrilled to invite you to explore the possibilities and imagine how you can utilize access to our infrastructure, resources, and partnerships  to bring to  fruition your next great art works.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

The selections will include residencies for (5) visual artists, (4) musicians, (2) writers, and (1) filmmaker.

Residency Pillars

As described below, All KAF residencies have 5 distinct pillars. The residency deliverables within each of these 5 pillars will vary and will be specialized within the areas of your general arts practice.

WORKSPACE: Each resident will be provided with an individual, dedicated workspace specific to the needs of your practice. The specific attributes of each space will vary according to the necessities of each medium. Workspaces include office spaces, conference rooms, rehearsal rooms, artist studios, and more.

PRESENTING SPACE: Each resident will have the opportunity to present their work in a performance and/or an exhibition venue appropriate for their medium. KAF venues are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, systems, and staffing that help take productions and presentations to the next level.

TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS, and TRAINING: Each resident will be introduced to training opportunities within the KAF ecosystem relevant to their use of our venues, tools, and technology, as well participation in KAF core values and guest experience training program, Heart & Soul.

MARKETING & STORYTELLING SUPPORT: All residents will receive inclusion in KAF digital, web, on-site, and social media marketing and storytelling. Residents will also receive a 10-day block of 60-second radio spots on KDHX and/ or WSIE to help promote their artworks. KAF will also document the defined project progress throughout the residency period.

PARTNER RESOURCES & STIPEND: Residency participants will receive a $1000 cash stipend, as well as $500 in partner resource vouchers specific to their arts discipline, as described in residency deliverables.

.ZACK Theatre, photo by Theo Welling
.ZACK Theatre, photo by Theo Welling

Important Dates

  • Date for Open Submission: June 15th, 2021 – Aug. 1st
  • Final Selections: Aug. 15th, 2021
  • Artist announcement: Sept. 1st, 2021
  • Public Announcements: Sept. 15th, 2021
  • Residency Duration: Oct. 1, 2021 – Dec. 30, 2022

Scoring Process and Methodology

Applications will be scored using a weighted rubric. The application will be reviewed and scored by a committee of artists, arts professionals, and educators. The committee will screen applications to build a lottery pool that reflects demographic diversity, as well as a diversity of artistic mediums. Artists will be selected blindly from the lottery pool. 

Meet Our Resident Organizations


We are proud to partner with a number of organizations producing world-class art in St. Louis. We invite you to learn more about our long-term residents to find out why we think they represent the heart and soul of our city.

Get To Know Current Artists In Residence

The mission of the Artist in Residence Program is to help each participant define, pursue, and achieve their individual goals as an artist. Each resident will exit the program with improved skills, new professional relationships, and increased knowledge. Listening to the multi-layered voices that compose the cultural identity of St. Louis “ and service to that community “ are mainstays of the KAF mission.

Get To Know Past Artists In Residence

2019-2020 Class of Kranzberg Arts Music Artists in Residence
2019-2020 Class of Kranzberg Arts Music Artists in Residence

In partnership with Clayton Studios, we have previously collaborated with artists — particularly musicians — by identifying band leaders with original projects and providing them with performance, rehearsal, and recording opportunities to assist them in advancing and building their careers.