Residency in St. Petersburg, Russia for US and international artists and curators

February 2022 update: due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Back Apartment Residency program has been suspended.

The ArtsLink Back Apartment Residency (BAR) program provides opportunities for US and international artists and curators to conduct research, create new work, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each residency is individually designed to enable visiting artists and curators to learn about the Russian arts community, develop their own work, and share information about their work and perspectives with local audiences.

The BAR program invites artists and curators interested in learning about contemporary art in Russia and building relationships with the local arts community. Priority is given to artists and curators working in the fields of socially engaged art and public art, but artists working in other fields are also welcome to apply.

CEC ArtsLink currently funds residencies by artists and curators from the United States only. The duration of the Residency in St. Petersburg for artists is four weeks and for curators is 2 weeks. CEC ArtsLink provides international travel, visa support and insurance (if needed), accommodation, and per diem. Artists from other countries are welcome to apply, but will need to seek financial support to cover their expenses. CEC ArtsLink can provide lodging at the residency space and organizational support.

The Back Apartment Residency program has been suspended
EXPLORE BACK APARTMENT RESIDENCIES: St. Petersburg based artist run spaces FFTN (Irina Aksenova) and Kunsthalle Nummer Sieben (Elizaveta and Alexander Tsikarishvili) in conversation with the 2019 Back Apartment Residency participant artist Will Owen (Philadelphia, USA), April 2020
BACK APARTMENT RESIDENCIES 2020: Participants in conversation with the St. Petersburg collective Chto Delat', September 2020
United States

Kristen Mills is a visual artist whose work engages a variety of strategies: video, installation, comedic performances, and collaborative engagements in an ongoing investigation in how one navigates the world. Her work can be read as silly or heavy-handed, while subverting issues such as gender, identity, privilege, and classism. In 2017, Kristen gained her first museum show at the Delaware Contemporary. In 2018, she began a residency/staff-artist position at Vermont Studio Center where she is now employed as their Visual Arts Program Manager. Her most recent show was a solo exhibition at OyG Projects, in New York City.


United States
New York

Jeanine Oleson is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos and performances. She is particularly interested in looking at material effects of power through a queer and feminist lens. Jeanine has shown her work extensively including the Cubitt Gallery (London), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), SculptureCenter (New York) Coreana Museum (Seoul), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta), and New Museum (New York).  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Big Rapids

Mo Scarpelli is a director and cinematographer of mostly-non-fiction cinema. Her films linger on the rupture of identity by exterior circumstances; the cold violence inflicted on the individual by changing landscapes; and the myriad contradictions a human must inhabit to survive the world, as well as survive themselves.

Mo’s films have been exhibited at the Berlinale International Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Film Society of Lincoln Center, IDFA, BFI London Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, at Olafur Eliasson’s Studios in Berlin, among other venues, as well as on television broadcast with ARTE and ZDF.



The ArtsLink Back Apartment Residency program is funded by the Kettering Family Philanthropies and individual donors.