Become an Artist

Who can join our Artist Collective?

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have authorization to work in the U.S. In addition, artists must be currently homeless or have experienced homelessness at some point in their life with an artistic background or desire to engage in an creative outlet to earn income.

Why join our Artist Collective?

Each POVA artist is given the opportunity to generate income through the sale of their artwork and merchandise, as well as gain professional development and entrepreneurial skills to help achieve their personal and financial goals. POVA artists are provided artist grade art supplies, a professional studio space, artistic and business training, trips to museums and galleries, exhibition opportunities, and more. POVA artists earn 60% commission on original artwork sales and 25% of reproductions of their designs. 

Open Studio Hours: Artists have access to our studio space and artist grade supplies during open studio hours. Artists have access to a desktop computer with graphic design, photo editing, and video software, as well as a hi-res camera with two lenses courtesy of the Frist Foundation technology grant. In the studio, artists can utilize personal storage bins and mailboxes, a resource board, coffee and snacks, and more. 

Headshots and Bio: All artists will receive a headshot and Artist Bio after signing contracts. Artists will receive Artist Bio Cards and business cards that will be distributed when original works and merchandise are sold.

Exhibiting: Artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell works in our gallery space during the Second Saturday East Side Art Stumble, online, and at events, businesses, and galleries across town. Click HERE to view of past and current exhibitions.

Professional Development: In addition to business cards, artists are provided opportunities to learn about pricing, branding, budgeting, negotiating, and more. POVA also sponsors artists’ participation in workshops and relevant certificate programs in Nashville.


Step 1: 

Option 1: Click HERE to complete the digital form of our Artist Application.

Option 2: Click HERE to print the Artist Application.  Submit a printed Artist Application by dropping it off at our studio during open hours or emailing it to our Program Coordinator, Emily, at

Option 3: Pick up an Artist Application or complete the digital form at our Studio & Gallery during our open hours HERE.

Step 2: After completing and submitting the Artist Application to the Program Coordinator, artists will be contacted to attend the next quarterly New Artist Orientation.

POVA Studio & Gallery
207 Dickerson Pike Nashville, TN 37207
WeGo Public Transit: Dickerson Road #23

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