Athens, Greece (photo by John McKindland via Flickr)

ARCAthens, a nonprofit founded in 2017 with the aim of supporting visual artists, curators, and scholars through cultural exchange between New York and Athens, Greece, just published its first open call for applications for its residency program taking place this fall. Two Athens residency fellowships will be available — one for a visual art fellow and the other for a curatorial fellow — and they will fully fund residents as they live and work in Athens for a duration of two months.

Unlike previous years, when fellows were chosen by nomination, applicants from all countries are now welcome to apply, as long as they reside outside of Greece. The residency begins on September 19, 2022 and lasts until November 14. A total fellowship award of $2,000 will be granted to the two chosen fellows, along with a $150 weekly stipend and round trip airfare. The “live-work facilities” on offer include a “gorgeous neoclassical facility” operated by ARCAthens’ partner and contemporary arts organization ATOPOS; each fellow will be accommodated with a private bedroom, private studio, and shared kitchen, bathroom, dining room, and library.

Past ARCAthens fellows include artists Tomashi Jackson and Cullen Washington, Jr., and curators Miranda Lash and Larry Ossei-Mensah. 

ARCAthens fellows Tomashi Jackson and Miranda Lash with artist Eleni Mylonas (center) at her studio in Aegina (courtesy ARCAthens)

If accepted, fellows will be expected to participate in a seminar with students at the Athens School of Fine Arts and a public end-of-year residency event.

“Athens is known for its ancient history, its radiant light, its delightful weather, gorgeous landscape, warm people, rich culture, and delicious food,” says ARCAthens Executive Director Aristides Logothetis in a statement. “Athens, which is also known as a destination for all things modern, is now becoming a vibrant hub of contemporary culture, providing our fellows with an additional lens from which to understand our world today.”

ARCAthens also hosts a virtual residency, which began during the pandemic, in which a curator selects two artists — one from Greece and one from the Bronx, New York — to collaborate and exchange ideas through social media. For more information on applying for the Athens residency program, visit ARCAthens’ application page.

Jasmine Liu is a former staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied anthropology and mathematics at Stanford University.