Chiaro Award 2025

Associated Residency Program

The Chiaro Award is a fully sponsored artist residency and $15,000 prize for a mid-career painter residing in the United States. The Chiaro Award residency includes a private studio, and inclusion in a dynamic network of Headlands’ creative practitioners and thinkers.

Headlands’ Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 50 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living expense reimbursements. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus.

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Residency Length
6 weeks - 10 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Dance Studio Without Sprung Floor
Soldering Workspace
Bench Grinder
Printers + Scanner
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information
  • Artists who work primarily with painting and currently live in the United States.
  • Mid-career artists not currently enrolled in an academic program.
  • Alumni of Headlands’ Artists Programs are eligible to apply for the Chiaro Award, with the exception of previous recipients of Alumni New Works, Bay Area Fellowship, Chamberlain, Chiaro, or Tournesol Awards. 
  • Must be able to speak basic English.
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Travel Stipend includes paid roundtrip airfare.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application