Call Detail
BaCA Artists in Residency Program

Entry Deadline: 5/30/22
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 5
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 15
Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: Local
State: Florida


Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is operated by the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department (PBCAD) which is seeking participants for its Artists in Residence Program (AiR).  As part of this program, eight studios at BaCA are available to individual artists for a nine-month period from October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

Through this residency, PBCAD strives to cultivate an environment where artists can craft their talents and enhance their experience through artistic development and experimentation.  The residency’s structure is therefore left relatively open to cater to individuality, spontaneity and collaboration.  BaCA should be considered a safe space where all art forms, intellectual and creative pursuits, methods of artistic investigation, and aesthetic inquiry are accepted, nurtured, and celebrated.  A dynamic environment will be created through the AiR Program – one that appeals to onlookers and attracts locals and visitors alike to watch the creative process unfold and see the latest output. 


BaCA is located in the City’s Innovation District.  It’s an incubator for artistic innovation and education. Since its inception in 2014, the venue has exhibited the multidisciplinary works of hundreds of leading local, national, and international artists. The historic venue is also a tremendous draw for people looking to enhance their artistic skills and appreciation through workshops, classes, tours, and events. 

BaCA boasts over 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, divided into three galleries on the first floor which can function independently or as part of a collaborative exhibition. The second floor of the venue is the creative home of the AiR Program. The second floor also features an open social area for artistic dialogue, creative collaboration, and events.  BaCA is also one of the few spaces in the region that offers two kilns to resident ceramics and pottery artists. 


-          Eligibility:  Open to all individual artists in the U.S. who are at least 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in an academic program.

-          Application Opens:  April 25, 2022

-          Application Closes:  May 30, 2022 (11:59pm)

-          Application Fee:  $25 per applicant. 

-          Zoom videoconference:  4:30-6:00pm EST, May 11, 2022.  PBCAD staff will host a Zoom videoconference to answer any questions.  The videoconference will be recorded and made available for prospective AiR respondents unable to participate.  Please click on the following link to sign up for the videoconference:

-          AiR participation dates:  10/1/22 through 6/30/23 (artists move-ins can occur in September 2022 prior to AiR Program start date)

-          Questions can be emailed to 


-          24-hour access to affordable studio space.  Studios range from 96 - 196 square feet in size.  A participation fee of $300/month will be charged during the 9-month residency.  ALL participating artists will pay this amount, regardless of the size of the studio they are assigned.  The studios are not for housing.  Participants in the AiR Program will be responsible for their own housing, transportation, supplies, and other expenses.   

-          One-time feature as “Artist of the Month” during residency with supporting advertising and PR visibility.  Focus will be provided to the artist of the month at the “Old Town Untapped” event outside BaCA that occurs the first Friday of the month which attracts crowds of 2,000+ patrons to a street festival environment with live music, a local DJ, craft beer, food trucks and merchandise vendors. 

-          Additional marketing and public relations support during 9-month residency including artist profile on PBCAD website and support through marketing, advertising and social media.

-          Additional space within BaCA’s 2nd floor gallery will be provided to the featured artist during their “Artist of the Month” showcase.  The gallery space available is not of a size that allows an artist to feature their entire body of work but will instead be curated from the work(s) created during their residency.  Artists are permitted to exhibit their artwork within their studio or may invite guests to their studio to view their artwork.  Any art sales resulting from the City’s exhibitions (including the 2nd floor gallery) shall result in the City retaining thirty percent (30%) of the total from the sale as commission with seventy present (70%) paid to the Artist.

-          Group exhibition and supporting event with substantial marketing/PR/social media push.

-          Portfolio review, if desired.

-          Additional opportunities for artists to sell their art at different PBCAD events including Green Market Pompano Beach which occurs the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month November – April.

-          Use of shared utility sinks in hallways; mail delivery; free WiFi; a breakroom w/ a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker; a lounge area and a conference room.


-          Create proposed project/body of work/series during their residency, and agree to unveil it in an exhibit or performance as part of a culminating event to occur June 2, 2023 (First Friday).  The eight artists selected for the AiR program will work with the AiR program manager in conjunction with the BaCA curator to create the culminating event.

-          Attendance/participation at BaCA during each monthly Old Town Untapped event held the first Friday of the month from 6-10pm.  PBCAD staff hopes to work with AiR artists to explore further integrating them into the Old Town Untapped event, providing additional visibility to the artists and making for a better public event.  

-          Spend at least six (6) hours in-studio each week during BaCA’s regular hours of operation [10am-6pm Tues. – Fri., 10am-4pm Sat., closed Sun. and Mon.].  Beyond this commitment, artists will have 24/7 access to their studios to work at their convenience.   

-          Use the studio space as a working studio space, not as a gallery.

-          Attendance at a bi-monthly meeting of the AiR artists where participating artists network with other artists, share progress of their original artwork in development, explore collaborations, and plan the culminating event.

-          Lead or participate in at least one “lunch with art” program or another talk, workshop, seminar, or public program at BaCA.

-          Lead or participate in at least one offsite program possibly including Pompano Beach public schools, community centers, parks, or other PBCAD venues.

-          Assist PBCAD with marketing their participation in the AiR program including radio, TV and print publications in addition to social media [‘like,’ ‘tag,’ ‘share’], personal websites, blogs, vlogs, etc.

-          Consent to a Level 1 background check if selected into the AiR program.


4/25 – artist call issued

5/30 – applications due

Month of June – intake and initial review of submissions

Month of July – interviews with finalists

Week of 8/1 – applicants notified re: selection into AiR program

8/8 – 8/31 – participation agreements signed and move-ins scheduled

9/1 – 9/30 – artist move-in’s occur [no participation fee charged in September]

10/1 – all artists will have moved in; 1st AiR participation fee payment due

10/7 – Old Town Untapped event/unveiling of 1st Artist of the Month

5/5/23 – Old Town Untapped event/final Artist of the Month showcase

6/2/23 – BaCA class graduation talent show/public reveal of individual and group projects

6/30/23 – all artists in this AiR cycle must vacate BaCA









Submissions will be uploaded to  A complete application consists of the following:

-          Tell us who you are and how to contact you

-          Upload your artist CV or resume including five (5) images of your recent work

-          Tell us about your past work and why you desire this studio residency 

-          Tell us about the residency project you propose to complete while at BaCA

-          Share any social media handles, public usernames, personal websites, blogs, vlogs, etc.

-          List three references

-          Payment of the $25 application fee.


Eligible artistic disciplines and media include drawing, painting, sculpture, dance, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction & nonfiction writing, spoken word/poetry, interdisciplinary, social practice, ceramics, architecture and urban design/placemaking.  Musical disciplines and theater will also be considered although PBCAD cannot accommodate these uses onsite at BaCA.  While digital media is welcomed, artists will need to bring their own equipment as the facility doesn’t offer these resources.

PBCAD is willing to try and accommodate artistic disciplines that do not clearly work at BaCA by exploring the use of other facilities it operates including two nearby facilities:  the Ali Cultural Arts Center and the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

Media that produce toxic fumes are not permitted, as well as artwork that involves nonstop continuous loud noise.  Artists using media of a toxic or hazardous nature that do not produce toxic fumes or nonstop continuous loud noise shall follow all applicable laws and regulations.