The Newnan Art Rez program offers emerging and mid career artists a retreat where they can pursue visual, literary, and musical projects.

The historic Gray Cottage is set away from everyday pressures while at the same time offering the Coweta County community opportunities to engage with artists.

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Current Artist: Ira Merritt

Historic Gray Cottage

The historic Gray Cottage cottage on Clark Street into a suitable spot for artists to spend time reflecting, working and creating.

Life is short. Art is long.

“This is a very artistic community. We have amazing artists of every sort.”


Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline for partnering organizations or artists to commit to involvement in Newnan Art Rez is 11/16 for the following year. For questions not answered here please contact us.

Residencies with Newnan ArtRez

Description of Organization

The Newnan Art Rez program offers emerging and mid-career artists a retreat where they can pursue visual, literary, and musical projects away from everyday pressures, offers our community opportunities to engage with artists, and supports creating art and art experiences that will enrich Newnan and Coweta County’s cultural environment.

Organization founded

In 2014

Description of Residency Program

The program works with partnering organizations throughout our community to offer residencies to artists in various disciplines in order to give them space and time to create/develop their work. In return artists will be expected to interact with the community through demonstrations, workshops and/or performances/art shows.

Residency program since


Historic Gray cottage at 23 Clark Street Newnan, Georgia


Artists will stay at Gray Cottage in Newnan, Georgia http://www.cityofnewnan.org/ one hour south of Atlanta http://www.atlanta.net/things-to-do/arts-culture/. Newnan is a classic Southern small town that combines traditional charm with contemporary sophistication. Gray Cottage is only a few blocks from the thriving Court Square with its mix of shops, galleries, local coffee house and restaurants.


Gray Cottage is a renovated historic bungalow. Along with the lovely living area, kitchen, one bedroom, bath and comfortable porches, there is an artist’s studio, an office with a large desk, and laundry facilities. Internet service, a flat screen television and cable are provided. Artists will also have the use of a bicycle. There is a no smoking and no pets policy.

Emerging and mid-career professional creative artists

We are best suited to host writers, composers, painters, photographers and musicians with their own instruments. If you work in a different discipline, please enquire to see if we can accommodate your specific needs.

We cannot accommodate enrolled students, nor can we accommodate potters, ceramicists or wood-turners. Fine artists must have a website. Writers and musician/composers should have a resume. We hope to draw from outside the local community.

Number of artists at one time: 1

Companions allowed

Partners are allowed with prior arrangement and consent by ArtRez. We cannot accommodate children or pets.

Expenses paid by artist

Travel, food, supplies

Expenses paid by the Residency

Housing, utilities

A small stipend may be provided in some instances[here or above?]

Individual residencies will last 2-4 weeks (with some flexibility).


Residencies can last from two weeks to two months.

Actual dates to be determined after Newnan Art Rez receives commitments from partnering organization on 11/15 of prior year of residency.

Partnering organizations may use the application we create.




Examples of work as explained on application

$35 application fee

Download a copy of the application by clicking here.

Email for application to NewnanArtRez@gmail.com

Selection Process

By committee


Visiting artists will be invited to present and sell their work in a final show and may develop other methods for presenting within the community with their sponsoring organization.


Artists will offer at least one free demonstration or workshop per week of residency, or a minimum of 2 hours of community interaction per week. Artists will attend an introductory reception with host organizations members and artists from the community and will be provided one meal a week to interact with the community throughout the residency. Artists are encouraged to attend or create other functions to share their work and knowledge. Artists will be able to sell their work in a farewell presentation.

Artists can also create their own guidelines for applications that Newnan Art Rez approves. Organizations can bring in people or use Gray Cottage to expand the visit of artists already scheduled to come to the area. Newnan Art Rez will coordinate dates of visits .

Recent Artists

Ira Merritt
May 2018
Emily Lackey
April 2018
Meg Kaizu
April 2018
Ingrid Erickson
March 2018
Charles Bardes
Feb 2018 -March 2018
Jessie Janeshek
December 2017
Kendall Portis
October 2017
Jhon Sanchez, Esq
September 2017
Jane Ingram Allen
August 2017
Christina Laurel
April 2017