The Luminary 2024 Residency Open Cal

The Luminary 2024 Residency Open Cal

The Luminary 2024 Residency Open Call supports creative practitioners who engage with the pressing issues of our time. As a residency focusing on process and research, The Luminary will provide two cohorts of  individuals, small collectives, and collaborations with the space and time to rest, reflect and relate around a line of inquiry. The intention is that residents can focus on their research process, free of expectation of a final product. The Luminary welcomes national and international applicants of all backgrounds, such as artists, curators, writers, designers, educators, and arts administrators. Non-traditional backgrounds are welcome.


In addition to time and space, each resident receives a weekly stipend for their project and funded travel to The Luminary in St. Louis. The Luminary has a three-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen, dining area, living room, and free laundry. The apartment is located above the gallery on Cherokee Street, a small business corridor with restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and bars. Please note that St. Louis is not very accessible by public transportation, so make a plan for your day-to-day travel around the city.

This residency is largely self-directed and process-based. There is no expectation of a final product or outcome. However, if desired, there is an opportunity to work with The Luminary’s team to engage with the St. Louis community through coffee dates, studio visits, small-scale programming, etc.

The Luminary is dedicated to creating a collaborative, interdisciplinary, intergenerational space.

While we review applications from MA, MFA, and Ph.D. students, we encourage these applicants to consider their capacity as this residency requires time spent in St. Louis for their project.

How To Apply & Selection Process

Applicants must apply via Submittable by January 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM CST. The application will request basic information, two brief responses, and submission for work samples via a single PDF or website links.

There is an application fee of $15. The application fee funds the administrative processing of the residency application and goes directly to the jurors for their stipends. However, we also realize that an application fee can be a barrier to applying. You can send a request to to receive a free application.

Kalaija Mallery, Artistic & Executive Director, will perform an initial review of applications, screening for eligibility. Alongside Mallery, jurors Risa Puleo, Juan William Chávez, and Anisa Olufemi will choose the residents based on a rubric built on equity, the rigor of research proposed, and the potential for affinities between selected residents.

For more information or to ask questions regarding the residency process and accessibility, please contact Kalaija Mallery at

Apply here.

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