Detail: Drawings of Wildness and Silence, 2020, Ink wash on drywall, by William Downs, 2019/2020 Working Artist Project Fellow. Photo credit Frederick 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: July, 2021 – Close of WAP Exhibition

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: EXTENDED! Sunday, June 13th 2021 at midnight 


  • 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 in museums or commercial galleries of regional, national or international renown, including at least one solo exhibition that was not part of a degree or certificate program.
  • not have a solo exhibition in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area during the grant period, until after the close of the final WAP exhibition,
  • 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 July 7th – 9th for virtual 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: including resume, statement, reviews and sample work.

  • Application Deadline: June 13th, 2021 midnight 
  • Applications Reviewed: June 14th – June 28th
  • Semifinalists Notified by: July 2nd
  • Studio Visits: July 7th -9th 
  • Winner Announced: July 9th

To apply you will submit a Pdf attachment and up to 9 images/videos (image attachments must be jpgs, under 4mb and a maximum of 4800px, video attachments must be under 25mb).  The Pdf must include the following:

  • One page statement explaining how the Working Artist Project grant would benefit you and your work
  • One page checklist of 9 works created within last 2 years (which you will upload);  Include title, year completed, medium, dimensions in inches (height x width x depth); new media video listed after images… 9 total uploads (images and/or video)
  • A resume/exhibition list reflecting a minimum of 5 years exhibiting in museums or commercial galleries of regional, national or international renown, including at least one solo exhibition that was not part of a degree or certificate program; include a detailed list of all known commitments (confirmed and non-confirmed) to present your work that would take place between July 21 and November, 2022
  • Three (no more, no less) samples of publication or reviews in which your artwork is mentioned