English, Spanish, Creole
3 to 12 months
Paid by host:

Artists in Residence are granted access to the Estate and designated studio in accordance with park regulations and contract. No rental or utility usage fees are assessed. Cash stipends, honorariums, or scholarships are not offered by the Deering Estate as part of the Artist in Residence Program.

Paid by artist:

Living accommodations, rent or other financial support, transportation of people or artworks, and food costs are the responsibility of the artist. The artist is responsible for supplying their own tools, materials, and anything necessary to complete their art works.

Application guidelines:

Resume: Provide a one–two page resume or CV including contact information, website, education and related training, exhibition record or summary of creative works, collections, residencies, press, and affiliations. Please indicate your role if the nature of your work is collaborative.

Narrative Biography: In brief paragraph form, write about your journey as an artist, possibly including place of birth, education, exhibition highlights, collections and associations, residencies, and other experiences relevant to your work. (4 – 5 Sentences)

Current Artist Statement: In brief paragraph form (4-5 Sentences), write about the content and form of your work including any approaches informing your practice.

Letter of Intent: On a separate page, write a one-two page letter of intent that answers the following questions:

  1. Please indicate how your talents and/or artistic discipline will help fulfill the cultural vision of Charles Deering.
  2. Describe the concept or provide a description of the body of work you wish to create while in residency on the Estate. Include in the narrative how the Deering Estate Artist in Residence Program would impact the development of your work. For a Project Residency, write a conceptual project proposal framing the possibilities of your project and how this might impact the development of your work.
  3. Please indicate the types of activities/programs that you would like to Please note that the planning and scheduling of paid classes is not part of this section.

Portfolio: Share up to ten (6) samples of work created within the last two years that represent your practice. Documentation of work can be represented through any combination of still image, sound and video, manuscript, writing samples, or project statement for a maximum of ten entries.

  • Still Images: JPEG at a maximum of 1920 pixels per inch in any direction and a maximum resolution of file should not exceed 1.8M. Files should be named with your last name, then period, then first initial, then underscore, then number of entry. For Example: If you are John Smith and this is your first entry: Smith.J_1.jpg
    • Sound and Video: Submit links for up to three clips lasting no more than five minutes each.
    • Manuscript or Writing Samples: One- three writing samples, abstracts, or project descriptions.
    • Performance: Documentation of work can be represented through any combination listed above and written description.

    Image and Works List: Please provide a page of labeling/summary information containing all submissions. List your name, title, medium, and image size (height x width x depth), and year of production. Where possible, include thumbnail images, brief descriptions, and place of performance where applicable. Please indicate your role if the nature of your work is collaborative.

    For more information, please contact: Melissa Diaz via email [email protected]



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Deering Estate

Deering Estate

Artist in Residence Program

The Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, a variety of signature events, programs, tours and classes are offered throughout the year.

The Deering Estate seeks to continue Charles Deering’s legacy of art patronage by supporting artists who work in a multitude of disciplines and media. Artists-in-Residence receive studio space through a competitive application process where they can pursue personal artistic projects in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Artists have access to shared meeting spaces, outdoor screened enclosures, outdoor work areas, the theatre, historic library, and can explore the eight distinct habitats with the support of the Naturalist and Interpretive staff.

Non-local, traveling, out-of- state, and international artists are welcome to apply and participate in either our project or studio residencies but must find their own local accommodations, transport, and funding for supplies and expenses.


A Project Documentation report is required at the program’s conclusion to support the Deering Estate’s Images or other media should accompany written report.

Studio Information

Artist-in-Residence (studio residencies) receive studio space either shared or private according to their residency application preferences and award. Each studio has electricity, air conditioning, and a bathroom including a sink and shower.
Project Residencies (non-studio residencies) and Artists in Residence (studio residencies) have access to resources such as an air-conditioned shared classroom space, outdoor screened enclosures, outdoor work areas, exhibit room, theatre, historic library, historic houses, and eight distinct habitats in the protected natural areas as well as, and Naturalist and Educational staff and on-site security. Indoor and outdoor water sources, electricity, and restrooms are readily available.
The artist is responsible for supplying their own tools, materials and anything necessary to complete their art works.

Accommodation Information

They have 4 active studios, a black box theatre, 4 pavilion classrooms and several office spaces available for artists.


The Artist in Residence Studio Program and Non-Studio Project Residency are located at the Deering Estate, a Miami-Dade County Park, Recreation and Open Space facility located in South Florida, U.S.A., a nature preserve with 8 endemic eco-systems, and a historic site with 2 house museums listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site sits on over 450 acres located directly on the Biscayne Bay.

Contact information

16701 SW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33157
United States

info [at]