Consistent with founder Charles Deering own vision, the Deering Estate Artist in Residence Program offers professional visual, performing, literary, and cross-disciplinary artists the opportunity to pursue innovative projects and studio work, connect with other artists and engage the public, while interacting with the historic, architectural, intellectual, archeological, and natural elements of the Estate's inspiring environment. Since 2006, we have welcomed over 70 shared and collaborative residencies representing a broad scope of contemporary and traditional artistic practices.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions section (FAQ) below to understand the value, eligibility, residency types, responsibilities, and facilities at the Deering Estate Artist in Residence Program.


What are the benefits of this Artist in Residence Program?

As evident from our Artist in Residence Alumni, the Deering Estate Artist in Residence Program has been a catalyst for artistic practice and recognition including additional residencies, national and local grants, gallery representation, collection acquisitions, publishing, and community engagement.

  • We welcome Artists in Residence are granted access to the Estate and designated studio from 7am to 7 pm, and no rental or utility usage fees are assessed. 
  • This estimated value of up to $800.00 per month in studio costs is dependent upon maintaining the responsibilities listed in the Artist in Residence Agreement.
  • This program offers the opportunity for professional artists to pursue their artistic discipline, create a body of work, connect with other artists and engage the public.
  • Other benefits include access to archives, Education and Interpretive staff, and possible partnership opportunities for grants.
  • Promotion is provided through our Artist in Residence Webpage, ongoing press releases, and listings in our quarterly calendars.
  • A.I.R’s are given the opportunity to showcase their work during the thematic Deering Spring Contemporary, and Alumni Exhibitions per invitation.
  • Art exhibitions are an integral part of many other events and programs. Online catalogues of these exhibitions are posted and archived on the Deering Estate website and Deering Estate Arts Magazine.

What types of residencies do we offer?

  • Two types of residencies are available to visual, literary, performing, and crossdisciplinary artists: 1) On-site Studio Artist in Residence Program and 2) Non-Studio Project Residencies
  • We offer visual, performing, literary, and crossdisciplinary residencies with private and shared work areas that last from two months to twelve months.
  • These are day-only, work-space residencies with access from 7 AM-7 PM.  Overnight stays are not allowed.
  • We welcome shared and collaborative residencies and seek to include a broad scope of contemporary and traditional artistic practices.

Am I eligible to apply for the Residency?

  • STUDIO-The Studio Artist in Residence Program is open to all professional artists ages 18 and older. Artists must devote about 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site or off-site to be considered.
  • Students who will be or are currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program are not eligible to apply for a studio residency. Applications can only be considered after graduation.
  • PROJECT-Faculty, students, and other professionals ages 18 and older are encouraged to apply. Project residencies offer more flexibility with time commitments and access to resources while permanent studio space is not provided.
  •  NON-LOCAL APPLICANTS - Non-local, traveling, out-of- state, and international artists are welcome to apply and participate in either our project or studio residencies but must find their own local accommodations, transport, and funding for supplies and expenses.

  How long is the Residency?

  • STUDIO residencies are typically 6 months long. If you believe your project will take longer than 6 months, we can also consider slightly longer residencies. 
  • PROJECT residencies timelines are based on the proposed project in consultation with Deering Estate staff.  
  • These are day-only, work-space residencies with access from 7 AM-7 PM on both weekdays and weekends.  Overnight stays are not allowed.

Are there related costs?

  • There is no fee to apply for the Artists in Residence program. 
  • Artists in Residence are granted access to the Estate and designated studio in accordance with park regulations and contract. No rental or utility usage fees are assessed.
  • Cash stipends, honorariums, or scholarships are not offered by the  Deering Estate as part of the Artist in Residence Program.
  • The artist is responsible for supplying their own tools, materials, and anything necessary to complete their art works.
  • Living accommodations, rent or other financial support, transportation of people or artworks, and food costs are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Artists-in-Residence, for both Studio and Project Residencies, are considered volunteers by Deering Estate and Miami Dade County Parks Department.

What are the responsibilities of the Residency?

  • Artists agree to devote no less than 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site or off-site.
  • As part of their residency, artists must collaboratively schedule their presence to allow for visitor access to studios during special events, daily park hours, and per the request of the Cultural Arts Curator (written notice of these dates give to accepted artists annually) Regular Estate hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • Artists are encouraged to interact with the public during their regular studio hours whenever possible.
  • Artists are invited to participate and attend various special events that are held on the Estate and actively participate in our on-site or outreach educational programs that cater to all ages, abilities, and interests.
  • Artists contribute 10% of any art sales transacted during their residency back to the Estate (Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.) per Art on Loan agreement.
  • A Project Documentation report is required at the program’s conclusion to support the Deering Estate’s archive. Images or other media should accompany written report. 

What are our facilities like?

  • Artist-in-Residence (studio residencies) receive studio space either shared or private according to your residency application preferences and award. Each studio has electricity, air conditioning, and a bathroom including a sink and shower.
  • Project Residencies (non-studio residencies) and Artists in Residence (studio residencies) have access to resources such as an air-conditioned shared classroom space, outdoor screened enclosures, outdoor work areas, exhibit room, theatre, historic library, historic houses, and eight distinct habitats in our protected natural areas as well as, and Naturalist and Educational staff and on-site security. Indoor and outdoor water sources, electricity, and restrooms are readily available.
  • We make all efforts to make your experience comfortable. The artist is responsible for supplying their own tools, materials and anything necessary to complete their art works.

Applications will be accepted beginning May 10th, 2019 through August 1st, 2019 11:59PM.
The primary basis for selection of our artists is the strength and quality of the applicant’s work. Artists must also have a clear objective for the time of their residency and be willing work in a dynamic environment that encourages public interaction and interaction with other artists.  Your application will be considered and reviewed by our Exhibits and Collections Advisory Committee. Artists in Residence are selected through a juried process utilizing leading professionals from our network of galleries, arts and cultural organizations.

The selection process is not complete unless an Artist in Residence agreement has been completed and all terms of the Residency have been accepted. Notifications are sent via email and accepted artists are contacted by phone.
For more information, please email the Melissa Diaz, Cultural Arts Curator at
To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios, 305-755-7848 or at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).  

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