The Studios are intended for working artists to create original art and also to engage, and become engaged with, fellow studio artists and the broader community. Racing Magpie hopes to create a partnership with studio artists and provide a space where artists’ creativity and businesses will thrive. Artists who are accepted must be prepared to actively use their studios regularly. In addition, studio artists are strongly encouraged to participate in a monthly Open Studio event to which the public will be invited. Marketing for the entire space will be provided by Racing Magpie, but it is the responsibility of individual studio artists to promote their work and to participate in marketing of the studios at Racing Magpie as a visitor destination.

Due to building layout and infrastructure, studios are not suited to performing artists nor to all visual art disciplines. Work that requires heavy equipment, bulky materials or a loading dock is not viable, and certain disciplines (for example, metal forging, stone carving, welding, kiln work) will not be accepted. Not all studios have windows. Artists are asked to carefully consider these factors in determining whether the studios will meet their needs.

Studio artists will be selected by the owners of Racing Magpie. The ideal applicant will:

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Serious about pursuing their art in the professional setting of a communal facility
  • Primarily want to use the studio for creating art. However, artists may display and sell their art from their studio.
  • Show a high level of commitment to their medium(s), demonstrated through an extensive and consistent body of work
  • In the case of emerging artists - a reference from a mentor, presentation of portfolio, slides, or photos for review
  • Demonstrated commitment to participation and public engagement, and expressed interest in working collaboratively to contribute to the shared success of Racing Magpie, Rapid City, and the West River community in general.

Studio Lease Terms

The studio lease includes the following:

  • WiFi Internet Access
  • Shared cleaning service for common areas
  • 24-hour artist access to studios
  • Equitable access to display space in shared gallery as well as exterior walls of studio 

Tenants will be responsible for the following:

  • Individual communication services (phone, etc)
  • Utility usage beyond normal or average usage for special equipment
  • Lawful disposal of any hazardous materials
  • Compliance with state and local requirements including sales tax and business tax registrations
  • Loss or damage to personal belongings, equipment and artwork in both studios and public areas
  • Insuring own belongings, materials, equipment, and artwork.
  • Keeping studio space and common areas clean and presentable for other artists and visitors

Studio and gallery hours:

  • Individual artists are strongly encouraged to open their studios during gallery hours, either themselves or through collaboration with other tenants.
  • Regular use of studio space is required. Artists are encouraged to maintain and keep regular, published studio hours. Studio use should be a minimum of 15-20 hours per week during.
  • Studio artists are encouraged to participate in monthly Open Studio events. Special hours will apply to these and other special events, and will be made known accordingly.
  • Visitors to the studios outside public operating hours must be guests of resident artists. Guests will be considered the artist’s responsibility and must follow the same rules that apply to all tenants.
  • Artists are expected to work in their studios on a consistent and ongoing basis. Non-use of studio space is cause for non-renewal of lease or eviction.

Additional considerations:

  • Selected artists, co-applicants, employees and assistants will be subject to reference checks prior to lease approval and/or to engagement in the studio.
  • Lease terms and renewal options will include a 12-month lease term (Shorter terms will be considered on a case by case basis). Lease renewal is not automatic; renewal of leases is at the full discretion of management and may include an artist review at the end of the previous lease term.
  • Non-use of studio space, failure to maintain studio and common areas clean and presentable, or failure to comply with other Racing Magpie Rules of Use are grounds for early termination or non-renewal of the lease.
  • Studio space must be left in the same condition as it was found upon entering. A security deposit equal to one month rent is due upon signing of the lease.
  • Rent is due the first day of each month, prorated for a partial month at the beginning of the lease.
  • Annual rent increases may be implemented as needed for facility operating costs.
  • No subletting is allowed.
  • Pets are not permitted in the facility.
  • No smoking is permitted within the facility or within 25 feet of a facility entrance.

Tenant Selection Criteria

  1. Space: What space is available, and how will the work this artist does fit in with that space?
  2. Area of interest and it's fit with Racing Magpie: What type of art does the artist practice? Does that art fit in with the work being done by other artists in the building? We look for a wide range of media and art forms to be represented
  3. Public service: Is the artist someone who is committed to community service? One of the premises of tenant artist rental at Racing Magpie is a willingness to devote some time to enriching the West River community by teaching, mentoring, lecturing, creating workshops, or contributing to all-building events, etc. Individuals who are passionate about their work, and have the potential to inspire others are given a higher priority.
  4. Good neighbor: Will the tenant be a good fit with the current tenants in the building? We are looking for new tenants who are willing to help each other and who demonstrate the ability to work and get along well with a variety of other individuals without acrimony or confrontation.
  5. Income and need: Will having this space make an appreciable difference in the artist's life? Is this person a new artist, or someone who already has a place to practice his/her art somewhere else?
  6. Presence: Is the prospective artist likely to use the studio regularly, and be consistently present in the building? Is she or he committed to using the space productively? We look for artists who are devoted to their craft, and intend to use the space in a productive fashion.

Tenant Selection Process

The selections will be made by the owners of Racing Magpie and other individuals as designated by owners.. The owners will review each candidate’s letter of interest and portfolio. They will also consider how good a fit the candidate might be with the current artists-in–residence and what the candidate would add to the organization as a whole.

**To apply, artists wishing to be considered for a studio must submit the following:

  • Completed artist application form.
  • At least three images representative of the work the studio space will be used for. Please include name, title of piece, and date the piece was completed. These are to be emailed to
  • Artist statement and bio. These should be no longer than one page in length.
  • Current artistic resume or CV.

Applications must be submitted through online form (linked below). Questions regarding the application process may also be sent to

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified by email of the status of their application. Please do not request decisions by phone.

At the request of the artist, applications that are not selected at the time of first application may be retained on a wait list for consideration as vacancies occur.

Additional information regarding liability insurance requirements:

We suggest that you provide your insurance specifications to your insurance carrier to guide them in preparing your price quotation and/or Certificate of Insurance (COI).

For information and an illustrative listing of resources for artist property, event, and liability insurance, CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources) maintains an online listing of insurance resources at Online quotes are provided through some of the listed providers.