Application Instructions

ACRE aims to bring together a talented and diverse group of individuals in the emerging stages of their artistic practice.

An academic background in art is not required. Financial status is not a consideration in the admissions process. You must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program and have a working knowledge of English. Application fees are non-refundable. 

ACRE’s application is designed to be simple and straightforward. Please read and follow the instructions below before completing your application. For additional tips on submitting a strong application please check our FAQ page.

Our next application cycle will launch in fall of 2023 for residency in summer of 2024. See our main application page for more information.  

Accessing the Application
  • Updated versions of the following browsers are compatible with the application:

    • Chrome

    • Safari

    • Firefox

    • Internet Explorer (Edge or IE 11)
  • Save your work and return before final submission of your application by clicking save at the bottom of the page. Some fields must have text entered in order to save; enter any text as a placeholder.

  • Bookmark your application page to come back to it later or use your email address to re-enter your application at

General Information
  • If a field does not apply to you, leave it blank.

  • Make sure to include ANY and ALL dietary or medical concerns.
Demographic Information
  • Demographic information helps us to ensure we are supporting our community to the best of our abilities. We are also asked to report this information to our funders. In order to gain a more nuanced perspective on residency applicants, we ask that you both select from the predetermined choices listed and self-identify in the blank field.

  • Answers to this section are not considered during the review process. Admission to ACRE, the awarding of scholarships, and the pursuit of all ACRE activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ability, or age.
  • Indicate which sessions you can attend by dragging the boxes into your order of preference. It is not guaranteed that you will receive your first choice. 

  • If there is a session that you absolutely cannot attend, please make a note in the open field at the very bottom of the application. 
Financial Aid

Financial aid is not guaranteed. ACRE solicits external sources of funding to subsidize the residency program. Please only apply for a financial aid scholarship if absolutely needed in order to attend.


General Scholarships:

  • You will not be considered for a General Scholarship unless you check the corresponding box, complete the written portion of the financial aid section (which will appear once you check the box), and exhibit critical financial need. 

  • Financial aid opportunities are limited and are awarded based on merit and financial need.

Special Scholarships:

  • To identify if you are eligible for a specific scholarship opportunity, please read the eligibility guidelines linked in the application and provided here. 

  • If you are eligible, please select any special scholarships that you would like to be considered for, and complete the written portion of the financial aid section (which will appear when a scholarship is selected). 

  • Each member of the collaboration must complete and submit an application. However, only one primary application should include the written portion and portfolio. You must indicate if yours is the primary application.

  • To apply with another applicant or applicants as a collaborative project, select the corresponding box at the top of this section. Please enter a name for your collaborative group (it can be as simple as “your name + your collaborator’s name”). Please ensure that all members of the collaborative group use the same exact name on each application.

  • Please use statements and work samples that reflect the collaboration as much as possible. If a new collaboration, you may use a statement and work samples from each member. Statements and work samples from all members must be included in the primary application. If members of the collaborative group would like to include a CV, then each member should upload their CV to their own application.

Describe your current practice.
  • You must complete the written section regarding your current practice. There is a maximum of 100 words.

  • Collaborative groups may include one statement for the group or separate statements for each member on the primary application. 

Your work is primarily

    •    Please select the category that best describes the work that is primary to your practice.

    •    We understand that you may work across disciplines, but in order to ensure your application is reviewed by panelists who are familiar with the medium(s) you work in, we ask that you select just one discipline that best describes your primary mode of working as represented by your work samples.

What are the goals or intentions you have set for your current practice, and how might you benefit from the time and space provided by an acre residency?
  •  You must complete this written section. There is a maximum of 150 words.

  • Collaborative groups may include one response for the group or separate statements from each member on the primary application.

Work Samples/Portfolio
  • You are limited to 10 files and/or 5 minutes of time based work.

  • You can submit images, text, audio, and video in any combination. PDFs should not be used for image portfolios: please upload the images individually and caption them on the application instead.
  • File formats should be as follows:

         ◦    images: JPEG, PNG or GIF (max: 1600 pixels on one side)

         ◦    documents: PDF (max: 20MB, up to 5 pages)

         ◦    audio: MP3
, AAC formatted M4A 
         ◦    video: H.264 codec, max bit rate 10.0 Mbit/s, max 1080p in an MP4 container.
 Our platform cannot accept MOV.

    •    To upload your files, click “Choose files.” You can upload up to 10 files at a time.

    •    Please do not use PDFs to submit visual work. Our application system is designed to view visual work as JPEG or GIF. Use the caption option (below) to include any information.

    •    *Please note, we will not view links to videos uploaded to Youtube/Vimeo. You must upload your video through the application site.

    •    Collaborative groups should upload all work samples only on the primary application.

Captions and Information

    •    Please include a title, date and/or any other information or explanation for each of your portfolio work samples. Click on the file name and enter the information in the text box. 200 characters max per caption.

    •    If you choose not to enter information, the caption will default to the file name.

    •    For audio and video files, you can also enter a timecode at which to begin excerpting. Do this for your top 1 to 3 time-based works. See the FAQ for more info.

    •    You can determine the order in which your samples are viewed by dragging the file boxes into your preferred order.

    •    You must upload your portfolio samples here, our admissions panel will not review websites or links in lieu of uploaded portfolio samples. If you are having trouble uploading portfolio samples, please contact us at


    •    Including your CV is not required, and is considered supplemental to your application.

    •    If members of a collaborative group would like to include a CV, then each member should upload their CV to their own application.

Miscellaneous / Open Field

    •    This last section is where you should let us know about any other particular needs or important/relevant information. 

    •    For example: if there are certain dates you absolutely cannot attend, if you have any health conditions we should be aware of, or you would like to make special requests regarding your sleeping accommodations, including requests to share a single-bed apartment with another applicant.

    •    Please note that answers to this section are not considered during the review process.


    •    One you have finished your application click “Continue” at the bottom of the application, and you will be directed to the application review page.

    •    Once you have reviewed your application information, you can click “Edit” at the bottom of the page to correct any errors, or you can submit your application at this time.

    •    You can bookmark this page and return to edit your application at a later time by clicking save. You can also reach your application by using the link emailed to you when you started your application. 

Submit and Pay

    •    Once you click “Submit”, you will be directed to Paypal, where you can pay the application fee.

    •    Application fees increase according to the timeline listed on ACRE’s application page. 

    •    Once you’ve completed the payment, please wait until you’ve been returned to ACRE’s site to ensure your application is properly submitted. You will receive a confirmation email from ACRE as well as from Paypal. 

    •    If we discover any errors or missing information, we will contact you before the deadline.

    •    If you have any questions or concerns, or have submitted your application in error, please contact us at

*Please note that our return policy states that previous residents may not apply the following year that they attended the residency. This means alumni who attended in 2022 are not eligible to apply in 2023, but may apply again in 2024.