Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul offers free studio space to women and non-binary creatives. We award four residencies each year. The application consists of a few short questions about yourself and your practice, and asks for a PDF of work samples. Applications are due April 1, 2019 and will be reviewed by the Second Shift Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in early May. The Board will conduct interviews with ten finalists on May 13th and 14th, and awarded residents will be announced by June 1, 2019. Please read our FAQ below before applying. Questions can be directed to


When does the residency begin?

Second Shift is a brand-new space and the 2019 residency cycle will be our first. We are currently in the process of constructing the studios and rehabbing our building, which we are hoping to complete in the next few months (follow us on instagram for updates). Our hope is to have the space ready for residents to move in June 1, 2019, but this may be subject to change depending on construction costs and timelines. We will be in communication as updates arise, but some flexibility on the part of the residents will be necessary for this first round.

How are the residents selected?

Second Shift’s Board of Directors will review the applications and select the first round of residents. In the coming years we plan to introduce a juried selection process.  All applicants will be contacted by Second Shift about the status of their application by early May.

What is expected of residents? Do they have to complete a body of work during the residency?

In terms of creative output, we aim to put as few expectations on our artists as possible. Instead, our expectations are to demonstrate a responsibility to the community – the small community of residents that will become a family over the course of their year at Second Shift, as well as the community of East Paul, where Second Shift is located. We expect that residents utilize the space regularly, but we recognize that everyone has different schedules and working styles and “regular” looks different for every person. Applicants must maintain communal areas, help with events and open hours, and keep the sidewalk clear in the winter months. We do not ask residents to complete a prescribed amount or body of work or to submit studio progress reports. We do ask that residents organize one public event at some point during their year with us. Many artists use this opportunity to present their work in our storefront space, but this event could also take the form of an artist talk, an open studio, a panel discussion, a dinner, a screening, etc.

Is there a materials stipend?

We are thrilled to announce that the Con’dor Artist Fund in memory of Grant Hart will provide a $5000 stipend to each Second Shift resident artist in the 2019-2020 cycle. Hart, who passed away in 2017, was a talented musician, artist and lifelong resident of Saint Paul. One of his wishes was to support women’s contributions to the arts, and we are so grateful to Hart and his family for their support of our program.

Where is Second Shift?

Second Shift is located at 1128 Payne Avenue, in the heart of Saint Paul’s East Side.

Who can apply?

Our program is for women and non-binary artists and curators over the age of 21. Creatives working in any discipline are welcome to apply – this includes visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, etc. Applicants may not be enrolled in any degree program for the duration of the residency period, and may not maintain a separate studio during their time at Second Shift.

What do you mean when you say women and non-binary?

Second Shift is a platform for those with marginalized gender identities whose voices have historically not been given equal representation in the art world. Those identifying as women, femme, trans, and gender non-conforming are all encouraged to apply.

What are the facilities like?

Second Shift houses four, 350 square-foot studio spaces, a storefront, a lounge, a kitchenette, and a basement storage space. The way these spaces are shared and divided amongst residents will change year to year, depending on the dynamics of that cycle’s residents. Spaces will be assigned based on the needs and plans outlined in your residency application. Residents are expected to provide all their own tools and materials.

Does Second Shift provide housing?

No. Right now, Second Shift residencies are non-living, meaning residents are responsible for providing their own housing. As Second Shift grows, we hope to introduce more housing options for artists not based in the Twin Cities area.

Are artists working in all mediums allowed to participate?

We do not limit our residents in the type of work they do, and artists working in any medium will be considered. Further, our residencies are not only for visual artists - we encourage, writers, curators, thinkers, and makers of any kind to apply. However, since our space is small and shared, work involving high levels of noise, toxic fumes or specialized machinery cannot be included.

What kind of work samples do you accept?

We require that all of your work samples are combined into a single PDF document that is no larger than 10MB. We ask to see either 10-15 images or under 5 minutes of video/sound. If you would like to submit both images and video, please limit yourself to 5-7 images and under 2.5 minutes of video/sound. Writers may submit up to 8 pages of writing samples. If you are submitting video, please upload it to a video hosting site like Vimeo or YouTube, and include the link in your PDF document. We encourage applicants to be creative in how their PDF documents are formatted, but including some brief expository information for your works is suggested (e.g. title, dimensions, materials… something to give us a better idea of what we are looking at).