application guidelines


BACAS accepts applications on a rolling basis and asks artists/scholars to propose a time period that they would like to be in residence in their application. We also send out periodic open-call emails. 

Please fill out the form below to join the mailing list for open calls. We will immediately send you the general application form as a PDF (it may vary slightly by open call). All applications must be submitted electronically – no paper applications are accepted. When you submit this application, you must submit the application fee at the same time in order to be considered.



Application materials

Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • artists' statement, academic CV, or short bio with significant accomplishments listed

  • samples of past work (guidelines may differ)

  • a project proposal for a residency with BACAS

  • two current references.

  • a scan of current passport, valid for at least six months after the proposed stay.


A non-refundable $50 application fee must be paid by credit card on the website at time of submission. 

Length of Stay

Residencies vary in length. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum stay is based on the approved length of individual project proposals.

Financial Aid and Sponsorship

BACAS aims to provide artists/scholars time and space to focus and work, free from financial stress, and we will work to accommodate an individual applicant's needs.

Artistic Disciplines 

BACAS welcomes a diverse set of disciplines - see our Disciplines page for more detailed information.



BACAS encourages artists/scholars of all backgrounds to apply for admission and provide an outline of desired residency scope and needs. Artists/scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply. BACAS does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

International Artists/Scholars

BACAS welcomes artists/scholars from around the world.

  • Non-EU citizens must check to take care of any visa requirements to enter Italy, in the Schengen region of the EU. 
  • US citizens do not need a visa for under 90 days.
  • For artists/scholars who need a visa for entry into Italy, we are happy to prepare a formal letter of invitation and will provide whatever additional support information is requested, but it will be your responsibility to carry the burden of the visa acquisition process through the appropriate channels.

Writers who work in languages other than English or Italian should supply samples of work in translation (to either English or Italian) as well as in the original. A working knowledge of English is strongly recommended; a conversational level of Italian is also encouraged. The application should be written in English. 


All artists/scholars seeking to re-apply for a residency at BACAS must submit a complete application, including recent work samples and a new project proposal.

Request an Application:

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Have you ever participated in a residency before? What would your goals be for a residency with BACAS?