The Athena Standards Residency is a month-long studio artist residency program in the bustling metropolis of Athens, Greece. The residency provides the artist with an open format studio in an expansive, repurposed commercial building and shared housing with another residency artist in proximity to the studio.

Artists work closely with Curator and Art Historian Elizabeth Plessa, and have the opportunity to participate in weekly workshops in ceramics and sculpture. Studio Manager and sculptor Orestis Karalis is available to offer guidance and assistance, on everything from procuring art supplies, to recommendations on museums and beach excursions. ASR also provides space for Athenian artists and recent graduates of the Athens School of Fine Arts, to encourage dialogue and collaboration between Greek artists and international artists-in-residence.


We believe in introductions, in collaborations, in experiences and in opportunities that only happen when artists and professionals are connected and creative exchange is encouraged.

Professional development is integral to the Athena Standards Residency program. Art Historian and Curator Elizabeth Plessa works closely with each artist, scheduling individual studio visits and building off those initial consultations to recommend galleries of interest, openings, and museum shows for the artist to attend. Based on the path of the artist’s research she has arranged meetings with fellow arts professionals (and occasionally professionals outside the art world!) and invited artists to join her on studio visits, lectures and events. She is an invaluable resource, and a wealth of knowledge.


Studios space designed by artists, for artists.

The spacious, open-format studios have abundant natural light, and the studio floor includes a communal woodshop/ project space, storage room, kitchenette and lounge, and 24/7 key card access. In the project space we offer two weekly workshops in ceramics and mold-making. Giorgos Tserionis, an artist and instructor of ceramics at the School of Fine Arts Athens, leads a weekly course in hand building and wheel throwing. Clay and firing is provided, artists purchase their own glazes. Our studio manager and sculptor Orestis Karalis also conducts a weekly workshop in mold making and casting. Materials are provided. As studio manager, Orestis is incredibly helpful in procuring supplies and providing advice. Our lounge includes a projector and we encourage artists to get together for a weekly dinner, wine and presentation of work.


Forming professional relationships and sharing experiences.

Artists are housed in shared apartments in Athens, in proximity to the Athena Standards Studio building, with other artists-in-residence. We provide for a metro pass to encourage exploring the city and all it has to offer. Sites of interest that artists may choose to visit include the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Byzantine Museum, the National Archeological Museum, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, and the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. Additionally, Elizabeth Plessa supplements this list with current exhibitions, events, and art-worthy excursions to neighboring islands.