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Visiting Artist Program

Fayetteville Public Library welcomes artists and makers with passion for the community to apply to our visiting artist program.

Selected artists will be featured at the library, host public programs for all ages, have scheduled time for personal projects in library studios, performance spaces, quiet focus rooms and/or the Center for Innovation while receiving a stipend. Through this program, the library welcomes artists to share their craft with the community while activating these spaces for personal projects.  
Fayetteville Public Library has an established precedent of connecting the community to the arts by presenting nearly 2,000 programs a year for all ages and developing collections that fulfill the community’s intellectual and recreational interests. FPL recently doubled its size and opened a 700-seat Event Center, Teaching Kitchen, Art & Movement Room and Center for Innovation equipped with a Fabrication & Robotics Lab, Audio Recording Studio, Video Recording Studio, Photography Studio and Editing Bays.


+ Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply including dance, visual, writing, music, film, performance, maker and culinary arts.

+ Formal or informal art teaching experience is recommended but not required. 

+ Artists will be selected each four-month program cycle: 
      → January – April 2023
      → May – August 2023
      → September – December 2023 

Visiting Artist Responsbilities

+ Selected artists will lead four or more public events – at least one per month. 

+ Events offered will include workshops/programs for youth, teens and adults along with a public presentation appropriate to the artist’s focus.    

Library’s commitment

+ $1,500 stipend
+ Access to space appropriate to artist’s focus.*

Spaces include: 

+ Art & Movement Room 
+ Teaching Kitchen 
+ Center for Innovation studios (Fabrication & Robotics Lab, Audio Recording Studio, Video Recording Studio and Photography Studio) 
+ Study Rooms 

* Up to 32 hours a month of access for personal projects. Schedules and access to space are limited to library hours and availability. Prior to each program cycle, an agreed-upon schedule of dates and times for studio access will be established. No admission fee may be charged. The intent of this access is for creation opportunities and studio time. Mass production of items for resale or events that charge admission fees will not be approved for personal project reservations.  


+ Technical Skill: Works submitted demonstrate the artist’s skill and proficiency. (10 points)
+ Professionalism: Proposals are organized, efficiently demonstrating the applicant’s expertise in art and instruction. (10 points)
+ Class & Workshop Proposal: Workshop proposals are well structured, including titles, class descriptions, intended audience and learning objectives. (20 points)
+ Personal Project Proposal: Proposal describes personal work to be completed during residency, library spaces requested for use, and expected outcome or impact of project.
+ Originality & Innovation: Projects and workshop proposals will provide unique opportunities and experience to library users.

Applications close Friday, September 30th at 5pm

No art may be accepted that contains material contradictory to FPL's Code of Conduct (read the Code of Conduct here). Please direct questions to

FPL Visiting Artist Program Application

Along with completing the following form, please email five (5) high resolution image and/or video samples or 2-3 writing samples (not to exceed 5,000 words total) to using the subject line: Visiting Artist application.

Submissions are due by 5pm
on Friday, September 30th.