Announcing the Sheen Center Catholic Artist Residency!

As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Archdiocese of New York’s Sheen Center, I am helping develop the new residency program for Catholic artists. Feel free to share widely the information below. I look forward to reading your applications.

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The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, the Archdiocese of New York’s new arts center in downtown Manhattan, is offering new residencies for early- and mid-career Catholic artists (of all disciplines, including the visual, literary, musical, cinematic, and performing arts).

Artist residents receive:

-2-4 months of free housing at the Sheen Center
-Partially- or fully-subsidized workspace (depending on artist medium and space availability)
-Free invitations/tickets to Sheen Center events when available
-Direct access to Sheen Center artistic staff
-Introductions to artists and speakers who appear at the Sheen Center when possible, to help grow the resident’s network
-At least one showcase of the artist’s work at the Sheen Center (depending on artist medium and stated goals)

The residency does not include board, travel expenses, or a stipend.

The purpose of the residency is to support the development of Catholic artists, as well as to further the Sheen Center’s mission of exploring the true, the good, and the beautiful. The residency should culminate in a final public project suitable to the artist’s medium and goals, and the artist should expect to contribute to the life of the Sheen Center during his or her residency.

Catholic artists of all disciplines are invited to apply. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with a limit of 3 artists-in-residence at one time.

In order to apply please include:

ARTIST STATEMENT (no more than 2 pages)
STATEMENT OF INTENT (2-4 pages) – The statement of intent should include the number of months requested, how you envision using your time at the Sheen Center, and how this residency will further your artistic goals. Please include discussion of the Sheen Center mission, how your faith informs your work, and what benefit 2-4 months in New York City would have on your work as an artist right now.
BRIEF WORK SAMPLE – 1-3 short examples of your work

Please submit via email only to For more information, visit:

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2 thoughts on “Announcing the Sheen Center Catholic Artist Residency!

  1. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information for you! My great-great-grandfather Matson emigrated from Sweden.

  2. Hi KCole -I know this is a long shot, however here I go. My grandmother was a Matson-I am attempting to track her brother John Stephen who emigrated from Ireland to New York or Newfoundland circa 1900. He was well known in the Fishing industry. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards Billy Nyhan

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