The Franklin Street Arts Collective Emerging Artist Residency: (Due. June 30)



 The Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK Gallery) will accept applications for a one-year emerging-artist apprentice program. The unpaid residency will run from September 2019 to August 2020. It will provide the selected artist with the benefits of a FRANK membership. These include exhibition opportunities in the gallery, mentorship from professional artists, and unrivaled access to the professional arts community in Chapel Hill and the Triangle.

 “Our Emerging Artist Program gives promising young artists a unique opportunity to hone their artistic skills and learn the business behind art while being supported by a group of creative and professional local artists,” says Natalie Knox, the gallery manager. 

 The apprentice artist will be expected to fulfill the duties of a member artist, which include: working in the gallery; serving on gallery committees; hosting artist talks and/or workshops; and assisting in developing a community outreach exhibit. 

 The artist will be selected primarily on the strength of his or her artwork. Apprenticeship will last for one year.  Applicants must be under 35 years old. Individuals from groups underrepresented in visual arts organizations are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

 Here is what Austin Cathey said after his 2018 apprenticeship:

“Although my art education at UNCA was crucial for me, being at FRANK has allowed me to learn so many essential aspects about being a professional practicing artist involved with a gallery. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone at FRANK for being so welcoming, helpful and supportive. I especially enjoyed my time as a member of the hanging committee, as it’s immensely rewarding to help put a group exhibition together. In a few weeks I will be starting the Master of Fine Arts program at Miami University in Ohio. I have no doubt that FRANK was instrumental in elevating my art to another level, thus helping me to get into such a program.” 


Residency will be offered annually. Work will be juried by member artists of the collective. All media will be considered. Selection will be based primarily on the strength of the art work.

Applications will be accepted from May 1 to June 30, 2019 via the form below through a site called EntryThingy. We will not accept mailed or emailed applications. Direct your questions to Applicants will be notified by July 29, 2019.

  • At least 5 but no more than 10 professional quality digital images.

  • Artist Statement 200 words or less.

  • Artist Bio 200 words or less.

  • CV one page maximum.

  • Your website address, primary phone, number, e-mail address, mailing address, and date of birth


Jamie Earnest