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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the residency competitive? What are my odds of getting in? Every year we get hundreds of applications for the residency program’s three spots. Unfortunately, this comes out to about a 1.2% acceptance rate, with many interesting and qualified artists not getting in to the program each year. Because of this we strongly encourage artists to reapply to GAR if they are interested in the program.
Can I bring my partner/family/pets to the residency? Yes! Our resident apartments are big enough for multiple people and moderate to well behaved animals. We do have three cats who call the studio building and adjoining courtyard their home, so we ask that any pets who accompany residents to their studios stay in the studios and/or on a leash.
Do I need a car to attend the residency and live in Galveston, TX? A vehicle is strongly encouraged. Texas is behind the times in public transport and while the island is rather small, cars are very helpful for getting around and running errands on and off the island. What kind of facilities do you have? We do not have any dedicated workshops beyond the individual studios. We do have some rudimentary power tools that are available and shared among the artists in residence, however we always suggest that artists plan to bring whatever tools or equipment they may need in order to make their work. The studios are a generous 500 sq ft. with high ceilings, natural light, basic furniture and plywood backed walls. With a bit of elbow grease they can be outfitted to accommodate most working methods.
Is GAR’s residency program open to collaborative groups? Collaborative groups may apply to GAR, but please be aware there are no additional resources available for groups. Therefore collaborators must be willing and able to share the same resources allocated to a single person resident; shared apartment/studio/monthly stipend.
How big are the apartments and are they close to the studios? We have three fully furnished apartments for residents on the second floor of a historic building downtown about 4 blocks from the studios and gallery. Here is a map. Each apartment is slightly different in size and layout, but they are all studio style, 1 bathroom apartments with high ceilings and lots of light.
Can I travel or leave for extended periods of time while at GAR? We ask that residents don’t attend other residencies while at GAR or spend a significant amount of time away from Galveston and the studio during the 10 months, only so they can take full advantage of what our program offers. But yes, many of our residents travel for exhibitions and for fun while at GAR and we encourage residents to explore Texas and surrounding areas while they are here.