The May residency hosts four artists or curators each year for between three weeks and three months. May invites artists to submit proposals and accepts proposals on an ongoing basis. Proposed projects must begin no earlier than one year after the proposal is submitted.
Each residency culminates in a three month exhibition which is curated by the resident-artist and May’s Artistic Director. The week after the opening reception, May hosts an artist’s round table, which is open to the public and moderated by May staff or local arts community members. May produces an annual catalogue documenting the critiques, exhibitions and round table events. The catalogue also has a forward written by the Artistic Director, and a biography of the resident-artist.
May seeks artists documenting their contemporary life or environment with explicit intent. Residents should be able to discuss their work concisely and be able to explain their work to other professional artists. The program is designed to be an educational experience for the resident and a documentation of the interaction between the international and New Orleans arts communities.