Powered by Fresh Arts, the nine week program is limited to 25 artists. Participants are carefully selected through a competitive online application process and reviewed by an independent panel of local artists and creative thought leaders. On average Fresh Arts receives over 60 applications each year.

Applications are open November through early January. There is no fee to apply.

Applications for the 2020 session are now open through January 10th and close at 5pm CT. All applicants will be notified of their status on January 24, 2020. Apply today!

Applicants should be prepared to submit an artist statement and bio, resume/cv and recent work samples. Additionally applicants should communicate how the Artist INC program will support or strengthen their own business practice as well as show promise of participation in their local artist community network.



Artist INC is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging through established careers.

Houston Alumni include a diverse set of creatives including:
* Fire Dancers,
* Choreographers,
* Painters,
* Photographers,
* Fashion Designers,
* Creative Writers,
* Calligraphy Artists,
* Craft Business Owners, and more.


Selected participants for Artist INC-Houston are subject to a $150 course fee which includes all materials including the Artist INC Houston workbook, a 1-hour mentorship session, plus weekly snacks + refreshments.

Payment deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020 by 5pm. 

NOTE: Even with the participant fee, the program is heavily subsidized. As a result of this subsidization, participants are required to attend ALL program dates, barring illness or emergency. 



The application to participate in the 2020 session of Artist INC closes on January 10, 2020 at 11:59PM.

All applicants will be notified of their status on January 24, 2020.

Apply today!


Artist INC Houston is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Special thanks to the City of Houston, The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and Frost Bank for their program support.