Installtion view of Michi Meko's 2017/2018 Working Artist Project Fellowship exhibition "It Doesn't Prepare you for Arrival." Photo by Fredrik Brauer

About the Working Artist Project

The Working Artist Project (WAP) is a year long fellowship program facilitated by The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). The program was created by MOCA GA to champion established visual artists of merit who reside in the Atlanta metropolitan region. Each year a guest curator selects three of our best and brightest to receive a solo exhibition, promotion, a studio apprentice (in support of emerging artists in the Atlanta Community), a full-color catalogue, and a $15,000 stipend to create work over the course of the year.

WAP is supported through grants from the Charles Loridans Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The AEC Trust.

Grant Period: June, 2019 – Close of WAP Exhibition


Guest Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi

Photo of Wassan Al-Khudhairi by Orlando Thompson

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, where she has organized Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project, Hayv Kahraman: Acts of Reparation, Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse and SUPERFLEX: European Union Mayotte. Prior to her position at CAM, Al-Khudhairi was the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. During her time in Birmingham, she organized the first large-scale exhibition of the museum’s contemporary collection, Third Space/shifting conversations about contemporary art. She was invited to be a Curator for the 6th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and Co-Artistic Director for 9th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2010 and co-curated Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.


  • Applicants must currently reside in the Atlanta metro region (Counties include: Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry)  and must retain residency during the entire length of the grant period, at the close of the final WAP Exhibition,
  • demonstrate artistic merit, professionalism, and proven ability to complete the project,
  • have participated in a minimum of 5 years of exhibiting, including 1 solo exhibition in a gallery/museum of regional, national or international renown,
  • not have a solo exhibition in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area during the grant period, until after the close of the final WAP exhibtion,
  • provide a detailed list of all known exhibition commitments (confirmed and non-confirmed) in the metro Atlanta area that will take place during the grant period,
  • demonstrate recognition of quality of work through publication or review, and
  • be available June 12th – 14th for in person, studio visits if selected as a finalist.

WAP Awardee Requirements

Winners must produce all new work expressly for debut at MOCA GA; provide a single work for the MOCA GA Permanent Collection; agree to the exhibition dates identified; mentor at least 1 studio apprentice; and participate in educational programming for the public.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted online at:  Formsite, including resume, statement, reviews and sample work.

  • Application Deadline: May 13th, 2019 at 11:59 pm
  • Applications Reviewed: May 20th – June 3rd
  • Semifinalists Notified by: June 7th
  • Studio Visits: June 12th – 14th 
  • Winner Announced: June 14th