MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

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About Hotbox

MASS is excited to announce a partnership with St Edward’s University this summer for their annual Hotbox residency program. The Hotbox residencynow in its sixth yeartransforms a gallery space into a working studio for one month of the summer. This summer St. Edward’s University will host the Hotbox residency in their Fine Arts Gallery.

This residency program seeks individual artists or artist-teams interested in participating in a self-directed residency in Austin, TX. While applicants may be at any stage of their career, MASS is particularly interested in nurturing projects that would not be realized otherwise. MASS’s goal is to give artists the opportunity to explore new ideas or practices, and allow the participating artists to engage with the Austin community through their Close Encounters public programming series.

The artist or artist-team accepted as the Hotbox resident is obliged to participate in MASS’s public engagement series, Close Encounters. Close Encounters is a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached from a multitude of ways: performative, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought, this program is a challenge to the artist, as well as the audience, and designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process. All Close Encounters activities will be discussed on a case-by-case basis and will only take place if both parties reach an agreement.


This year’s Hotbox residency will be located in the Fine Arts Gallery at St. Edward’s University in South Austin. Residents will have daily access to the 900 square foot gallery which is furnished with track lighting, air conditioning, a chair and work table, wireless internet, ladder, and basic installation tools as needed. MASS offers no production workshops of any kind but, if necessary, can assist in finding available options to satisfy specific project needs and/or other desired resident activities. A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the chosen artist or artist-team to assist them in completing a successful residency.

Each resident will be financially responsible for transportation costs to and from Austin as well as for housing, living expenses, local transportation, production costs and any additional materials.


The Hotbox residency program is open to artists working in any medium and any stage in their career.


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