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The Exploratorium

Since its inception in 1974, the Exploratorium’s Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) has grown to include hundreds of artists and performers. The museum works with individuals and artist groups who are drawn to collaboration, interested in interdisciplinary dialogue, and open to developing new working methods. Projects have taken countless forms, such as multimedia performances, theatrical productions, animated filmmaking, immersive installations, walking tours, and online projects. The program allows for artists to embed within the unique culture of the institution, affords access to a dynamic and diverse staff, and provides opportunities for cross-pollination with a broad public. While the museum allows room for variance, residencies typically unfold over two years and include both an exploratory and project development phase.


San Francisco, California: United States

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception, with a mission to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The arts are a fundamental method of discovery at the museum and we engage artists in every facet of our work to inspire curiosity and to further an interdisciplinary approach to seeing and understanding the world. From creating long-lasting exhibits on our museum floor to developing unforgettable performances in our public spaces, the Exploratorium has presented the work of hundreds of artists working at the intersection of art, science, and learning. Newly located on the waterfront, the new nine-acre campus displays a commitment to sustainable design and offers unparalleled research opportunities at the intersection of the social and natural worlds.


  • Residency Length: 2 years
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 4
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 2


  • Application type: Application not available (residency by nomination or invitation only)
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 


Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Ned Khan, Walter Kitundu, Amy Balkin, Alice Wingwall, Tauba Auerbach, Sam Green, Lucky Dragons, John Roloff

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    If accepted, we house artists in nearby hotels.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    If accepted, artists can turn in receipts for up to $50 per day.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    Since we house artists in hotels, spouses and children are accepted but the artist must be responsible for their day to day living expenses.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Living quarters, studios, and public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Photography (digital), Sculpture

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support


Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

Pier 15/17
San Francisco, California 94110
United States