Applicants may exclusively apply to be an Artist Pro Tem and be eligible to sublease. However, applicants who apply to be, and are not accepted for, a Resident Artist lease may be selected as an Artist Pro Tem. Check the box on the online application to indicate your interest in subleasing if not selected as a Resident Artist. Select the Artist Pro Tem Only choice if it’s your primary interest.

To become eligible for Artist Pro Tem status, applicants must complete all three (3) phases of the application and score a minimum of 60 out of 100 points. Eligibility will last for three years pending continued participation. Artists Pro Tem sign an agreement with the Art Center describing participation. As an Artist Pro Tem, you may be invited to sublease with Resident Artists in their studios at various points in the year. See Operating Rules and Procedures section 20 to learn more about subleasing. Artist Pro Tems also can participate in Art Center public programs and exhibitions, have an artist profile listing on and use the name “Torpedo Factory Art Center” when promoting oneself.

Your name will also be added to an eligibility list to lease a studio, should one become available. You will be ranked within your jury group year based on your score. The following year, the most recent jury group will be placed at the top of the list. Therefore, even if you scored higher last year then the most recent artists on the new year’s list, the most recent applicants are on the top of the list. If a studio becomes available the Artist Pro Tem at the top of the list with the highest score on the application, but did not get a studio, will be first to be offered the open studio as a Resident Artist. If they chooses not to accept, the offer will move down the line however they may be offered another studio should one become available in the furture. If an Artist Pro Tem is granted a studio and has a lease start at least 30 days before the next application closes, then they have to re-apply for that studio during the next Open Call application cycle to maintain the studio. If an Artist Pro Tem is granted a studio and has a lease start after an Open Call application cycle is closed, they get until the following year to re-apply in that year’s Open Call application cycle. To remain in that studio with a three-year lease as a Resident Artist, the artist would need to apply through the jury and would be treated as the incumbent artist for the studio.

Artists Pro Tem shall follow the Operating Rules and Procedures when subleasing or if they become a leaseholder. The Operating Rules and Procedures also outline rules for subleasing.