The Application Process

Before applying, please read What You Need to Know.

1. Pre-apply

  • To pre-apply to be included in our applicant pool, you must complete and submit our online pre-application form.
  • Be prepared to answer a number of questions and include a link (i.e., to your website, your work on your gallery's website, your artwork Facebook page, etc.) that includes at least 8 examples of your artwork from the last three years. Upon submission of the form, you will also be asked to email your resume, artist statement, and a short statement of why you wish to live at the Artist Building.

2. Applicant Pool

  • Once we receive your pre-application form, resume, artist statement, and statement describing why you wish to live at the Artist Building, and your application has been approved, you will be added to our applicant pool.
  • When your pre-application has been approved, we will contact you with a password to access the 300 Summer Street By-Laws and other building documents.
  • If a live-work space becomes available for sale, all artists in the applicant pool will be notified via email with physical and financial details of the available space as well as the date of an upcoming open house.
  • Please note: It is your responsibility to keep us informed of any change in contact information. If we are unable to reach you by email, you will be removed from the applicant pool.

3. Open House

  • The open house will give pre-approved applicants an opportunity to view the live-work space and learn more about our building.
  • Applicants who are interested in buying the live/work space will have to submit the following documents, postmarked within 7 days after the Open House (if not already submitted):
    1. Current resume
    2. Artist statement
    3. Web address of personal or gallery website: 10 or more images of recent work completed in last three years
    4. Bank pre-approval letter if mortgage or loan is needed
    5. If not obtaining a mortgage or loan to finance the Maximum Transfer Value, you will need to submit the financial application (as outlined below in section 5)
    6. Completed, signed and notarized Primary Residency Affidavit.
  • Please mail the requested documents (postmarked within 7 days after the Open House) to:
    • The Artist Building Coop Board
      Attention: Treasurer
      300 Summer Street
      Boston, MA 02210-1115

4. Interview

  • Interviews are scheduled about 10-14 days after the open house.

Please note: The Artist Membership Committee will only interview applicants who have submitted documents 1-6 listed above. 

5. Financial Application for finalists after interviews

After the interviews, two or three finalists will be selected as potential buyers for the live-work space for sale. These finalists will be required to submit the following additional financial information postmarked within 7 days after the interviews:

  1. Two most recent years income tax returns (first two pages only)
  2. Two current credit reports with scores (up to 3 pages each)
  3. Two most recent pay stubs, if employed
  4. Two most recent bank statements showing liquid assets and deposits, if self-employed
  5. Completed personal financial statement (Assets and Liabilities Form)

For complete details, see The Artist Building Membership Requirements in Four Parts (Part II, Financial Requirements).

Please mail the requested documents (postmarked within 7 days after the interviews) to:

The Artist Building Coop Board
Attention: Treasurer
300 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210-1115

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