The AiR (Artist in Residence) program at Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown brings a fresh art perspective to our region, which elevates talent and sparks creative conversations within our community.

This is a teaching residency, where resident artists receive studio space at our downtown location, and partake in a variety of teaching opportunities, encouraging collaboration, sharing, and exhibiting with local makers and regional artists. Artists will develop a new body of work during their choice of a two or four month stay at Thomasville Center for the Arts, and are given around the clock access to their studios.


Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Tony Barton began by drawing cartoons, which eventually matured to portraits and character studies. Outside of art, he has always had an interest in sports, but knew he had another calling. After graduating from FSU with his Bachelor of Arts, Barton now combines his interest in people and sports as the focus of his work.

Jessica Dell is a native of South Georgia. Jessica enjoys pottery, printmaking, photography, and painting. Her work at present is whimsical and colorful. She studied art at Berry College, Georgia Highlands College, and Georgia State University. Dell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts degree with honors from Thomas University.

Ron Thomson grew up in Florida and has worked as a professional oil painter all of his adult life. Since earning his BFA with an emphasis in painting at Florida State University, Thomson has lived and painted in Florida, Oregon, Alabama, Colorado, and Georgia. He is an expressive realist working in oils on canvas. Thomson’s paintings celebrate common and humble subjects elevated by their collaboration with light.

Ready to Apply?
Email Katie Chastain at with your resume, including professional references, your artist bio/statement, artistic/teaching experience, link to your website/social media, and images of your work. Cover letters are encouraged. Please note this is a teaching residency, in your email list any of our currently offered classes you would be interested in teaching, or an outline of a new class, workshop, or intensive that you would like to teach.