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To apply to the residency program, please send the following items:

1. CV or Resume: No more than two (2) pages.
2. Description: In two (2) paragraphs or less please describe what you hope to accomplish during the residency and why you believe the residency will be of benefit.
3. Dates: Proposed length and dates of stay, with a list of 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice preferences.
4. Work Samples
      a. Visual artists: Ten (10) high resolution digital images in jpeg format, accompanied by a corresponding image list. Image details include last name, title of work, media, dimensions and date. Resolution may be up to 170 dpi with a maximum file size of 3 MB.
      b. Writers: No more than 5 pages of prose or 3 poems.
      c. Composers/Musicians: Audio samples and a short description of your work.
5. List of three (3) references with contact information.
6. Please send or email applications to:
A.I.R. Studio Paducah
c/o Blue Door Studios
207 Otis Street Rear
Mount Rainier, MD 20712 


Rent is $875 per month, or $550 for two weeks, inclusive of utilities. Transportation, materials, food and additional expenses are the responsibility of the artists. Length of stay is negotiable.

** For those who plan ahead and want to self-fund their residency we recommend


Candidates are reviewed and recommended by arts professionals in your discipline. The committee looks for candidates who’s work is likely to benefit from having time to focus. There are no educational requirements. Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Expect a response to the application from A.I.R. Studio, Paducah within 30 days.


The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent studio work, the development of new ideas and experimentation. Visits to local galleries and studios as well as short trips to regional arts facilities can open a range of networking possibilities.

The A.I.R. Studio building features a storefront with a front wall gallery space for exhibiting work while in residence. Artists may also conduct workshops at the studio.

Opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists and galleries in the Paducah community are often available.

We welcome self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of traditional and non-traditional visual arts practices, as well as writers and composers. Residents are encouraged to have a clear objective for the time of their residency. The duration of the residency is two weeks to three months. Collaborative artists and couples are welcome to apply.