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Moab Arts Reuse Residency’s (MARR) mission is to challenge the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art, community, and waste systems. The Moab area is highly impacted by the tourism industry and, as a result, waste management. By facilitating artists’ direct engagement with the waste stream, MARR encourages resident artists to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and to thoughtfully re-assess their processes of material sourcing and waste disposal.

Through a 4-week residency, the program offers artists housing*, studio space, project and community facilitation, a stipend, and access to materials at local waste disposal sites. As a component of each residency, artists spend time providing opportunities for learning, dialog and enrichment within the community. 

We are seeking artists working in any medium whose work is inherently innovative and visionary, has a track record of success, is informed by place and community, centers public engagement and is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds.


Artists working in the US and internationally are welcome to apply. Programming is conducted in English and working degree of English fluency is required to work in the community and with staff.

SELECTION PROCESS: Moab Arts staff along with staff from Canyonlands Solid Waste Authority, WabiSabi, and Community Rebuilds will review and select the applicants for 2024. 


March* 2024 - 2 Local Artists (Grand and San Juan Counties, please call if you have questions)

August 2024 - 2 Visiting Artists

25-35 hours per week


24 hour access to private studio in the Moab Arts facility, plus access to the waste center/thrift store for material sourcing. Artists are asked to provide tools and equipment vital to their practice, though some access to basic hand and power tools may be arranged.



  • Included in Application Form

    • Personal information (name, address, phone, email)

    • Project proposal (500 words or less)

    • How your project will benefit Moab (500 words or less)

    • Artist statement (250 words or less)

    • Two References

    • Description of your desired studio/workspace needs

  • Upload Documents

    • Resume/CV

    • Work Samples (minimum 3, maximum 10)

Work Samples can include:

  • Images (high resolution JPEGS or PNGs) - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 10

  • Audio  (totaling up to 10 minutes combined) - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3

  • Video (totaling up to 10 minutes combined) - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3

  • Writing Samples (PDF files)- Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3, totaling up to 10 pages combined


APPLICATION LIMIT: Up to 60 total applications will be accepted by Moab Arts for both the Local and Visiting Residencies combined. The application will be closed when this maximum is reached. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 11:59 pm MST, October 31, 2023 

*The March Residency is reserved for Moab Area local artists. Please note that housing is not provided for March Residents. 


Application Coming Soon

Questions can be addressed to Melisa Morgan, Assistant Director and Residency Coordinator, Moab Arts.

Do you accept couples or teams of two?

Yes, we are glad to host couples and teams of two.

Can my family come along?

Unfortunately, because housing is so difficult to find and secure in our community, we do not have the capacity to host families at this time.

What’s the housing like?

Our staff works with community members to arrange housing every year, which varies depending on availability. Potential housing situations include: a room in a shared house, an entire empty house, a small bunkhouse, etc.

Do you provide any meals or food?

Moab Arts does not provide meals or food.

Is there a materials budget?

Supplementary materials purchases are limited to $100 or less per artist. 

How does payment work?
As a City operated department, Residents are hired on as part-time employees. We will communicate with you about the hiring process prior to your arrival. Copies of IDs are required (acceptable forms include Passport, photo ID, social security card).

Is a vehicle or bicycle provided?

No, we do not provide transportation. However, if necessary, we can help with transportation of items from the dump and thrift store, to the studio space if arranged in advance. 

Installation Notice: Project Installation Sites must be within Moab City limits. Moab Arts is not able to facilitate installations in the National or State Parks in the Moab area or on BLM. 


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