barry johnson

Inscape welcomes barry johnson, our new Artist-in-Residence

Emily Tanner-McLean

A Multimedia artist, Emily joins Inscape as Artist-In-Residence for the spring and summer of 2020.

Satpreet Kahlon

Our Winter Artist-in-Residence


Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we ask artists to be flexible with residency availability dates. We are doing all we can to ensure the residency program continues, but there is a lot of uncertainty due to the pandemic as we follow guidelines and mandates from the State of Washington. You can find out more about Inscape’s Covid procedures and protocols below.


Inscape dedicates one studio space in the building for most months of the year to an artist residency program, organized and curated by building artists Susanna Bluhm, Britta Johnson, Michael Lorefice, Tara Tamaribuchi, and Kristin Schmik. The residency consists of work-only studio space for a flexible length of time culminating in an exhibition in the residency/gallery space. Given the health and safety protocols of the pandemic, if it is not safe to hold an in-person exhibition, artists will be offered opportunities for web exhibitions, virtual artist talks and social media support.


Apply here

DEADLINE: Friday, May 14, 2021



The residency is open to all artists by application. We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 residency period, running from September 2021-November 2022. In honor of the history of the building, minorities, immigrants, and underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Residency dates will be:
September 9 – November 18, 2021
April 17 – June 26, 2022
September 7 – November 16, 2022

The AIR space is a studio space (approximately 17 x 22 feet, white drywall walls, concrete floor, no windows) on the first floor of Inscape that also doubles as our small gallery. During the residency you’ll use it as your work space.  During the autumn Open Studios it will be the site of your show. This is a studio-only residency – not live/work.

Exhibition: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, artists culminated their residency with an exhibition that often occurred during the widely-attended Inscape Open Studios.  Depending on health guidelines, artists-in-residents will be given opportunities for virtual exposure, including a web exhibition, virtual artist talk and social media support.

Selection Process

Residencies will be awarded to artists who submit thoughtful, compelling and relevant applications that consist of high quality work.  Inscape is a large community of diverse artists in a former Immigration and Naturalization Service building (on the National Register of Historic Places) in the Chinatown International District.  We value applications that display engagement with the Inscape artist community, the historic INS building and/or the CID community.


Residency Requirements

Artists are required to work onsite for a minimum of 10 hours a week for the duration of the residency period.

Artists are responsible for their own materials.

Artists are expected to exhibit artwork at the end of their residency period, which can include finished work or work in progress.

Artists must be over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in a degree program.



Emily Tanner-McLean – Spring-Summer 2020

Dhaba (Maggie Argiro & Sanwal Deen) Summer-Fall 2019

Fumi Amano Spring 2019

Nina Vichayapai Fall 2018

Natasha Marin Spring 2018

Sofia Babaeva Fall 2017

Yuri Kinoshita Summer 2017

Iole Alessandrini Spring 2017


How long is the residency?
Residency time varies, but it is approximately ten weeks and is posted along with the call to artists.

What is the studio like?
The studio is 400 square feet with concrete floors, 11 foot tall ceilings and white walls. There is no natural light, and lighting is provided by overhead fluorescents. There are two 120v outlets in the room.

What access will I have to the studio & building?
Artist-in-Residents will be given a key card and have 24/7 access to the studio and building.

Is there parking? Loading?
Yes, there is limited parking for the building and you will be given a parking spot for the duration of the residency. (Inscape is only a few minutes walk from the International District public transit station; biking and public transportation are encouraged!). There is a loading bay in the back of the building that you have access to via a freight elevator.

What type of media is accepted?
All visual art media is accepted. Please note that there is limited ventilation in the studio, so strong solvents are not allowed. There is a spray booth in the basement for use of solvents or fixatives, and a kiln room.

What facilities does the building have?
There are general use bathrooms on the first floor and a utility sink that is always available. In addition, there is a spray booth, freight elevator, and kiln usage.  There are two outdoor patios on the 2nd floor.  Interpretive information about the building history is displayed on all floors, courtesy of the Wing Luke Museum.

Is the studio handicap accessible?


Inscape Arts follows the recommendations of the State of Washington. Masks are mandatory for entry into the building and must be worn at all times in all public spaces. We also practice social distancing as advised by the State of Washington.  No large groups or gatherings are allowed.




815 Seattle Boulevard South
Seattle WA 98134