Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP)

Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP)

Saratoga, CA, United States

Established in 1939, Montalvo Arts Center is home to the third oldest residency program in the United States. In 2004, Montalvo recommitted to its support of artists and opened a new, state-of-the-art facility, relaunching as the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program. The residency is dedicated to providing artists with a flexible and expansive space in which to create, encouraging the creative process, risk taking, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary investigation of contemporary issues. The LAP is a hybrid model that supports uninterrupted time to develop new work, while offering opportunities to share ideas and projects through public programming and partnerships. 

Since its inception, the program’s curatorial team has worked to develop a robust commissioning program for Montalvo and the greater Bay Area. These commissions encourage the development of ambitious new work, and provide opportunities to reinvest in and amplify the voices of LAP artists beyond their time spent in residency. 

We believe in the power of artists’ work, ideas, and processes to catalyze important conversations that address contemporary issues. We value diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and are committed to supporting a broad mix of artistic voices, fostering a shared sense of community and belonging. We strive to produce innovative programming that connects LAP artists with the Bay Area and beyond. 


15400 Montalvo Road
P.O. Box 158
Saratoga, CA 95070
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Embedded in historic site
Longterm/embedded in neighborhood
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 3 months
Mandarin Chinese
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Performance Art
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
TV + Radio
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Urban Planning/Design
Art Education
Art History
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Teach in studio
Lead workshop for the public
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

The LAP welcomes over eighty artists a year from around the world to our facilities. LAP Fellows are selected through a competitive two-tier juried nomination process. The LAP relies on an international rotating network of over 500 nominators who are invited to nominate up to three artists of exceptional merit. Each artist is invited to submit a full dossier on their work, which is reviewed by a jury of experts in each discipline. Approximately 30 artists per discipline are selected every three years.

Once selected, LAP Fellows have three years to complete their three month residency. LAP supports artists in constructing their own residency schedule to best serve their individual practice with a minimum of 2 weeks per stay. LAP artists have the unique opportunity to bring collaborators with them into residence.

We also host creative teams and support them to incubate and develop new work and projects. Through the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation, the LAP is currently working on a new initiative with select artists to assemble their own team of creative contributors. These cohorts will take over the entire residency for the sole purpose of embarking on an open-ended thematic investigation, an artistically driven think tank.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

A modest scholarship may be made available for travel, materials, and supplies depending on individual circumstances and need.

Ground transportation is provided to and from the local airports, or cities within the Bay Area.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

A modest scholarship may be made available for travel, materials, and supplies depending on individual circumstances and need. 

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Application by nomination only
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Full description of accessibility on campus
Written and or hard copies of text being presented
Use of colored paper for printed materials
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
ADA Compliant
Additional Accessibility Information

The LAP facilities include 10 LEED certified, discipline-specific, live-work studios and a commons building. Each is equipped with Wifi access, a full bathroom and kitchenette. Most offer a sofa bed for overnight guests.

Four studios and the communal areas of the residency are fully ADA compliant (accessibility documentation is available upon request). 

Housing available on campus
Accessibility Contact Name
Kelly Sicat
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

The LAP also offers access to production equipment, tools and workshop space, as well as a shared vehicle. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Four studios and the communal areas of the residency are fully ADA compliant (accessibility documentation is available upon request). 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

Four studios and the communal areas of the residency are fully ADA compliant (accessibility documentation is available upon request). There are hiking trails connecting places on the property.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
Common/Communal Spaces Information

The Commons building provides a space for gathering, community meals, public engagement, and discourse. Equipped with a full kitchen, including an outdoor pizza oven, run by LAP’s chef, artists gather five times per week to share meals in Hackworth Hall and create community. Located within the Commons are the LAP’s administrative offices, a flexible space for meetings or research, and a full laundry. 

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to private kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

A new woodworking and sculpture studio is available for use by all visiting artists.

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio Without Sprung Floor
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Printers + Scanner
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Large Sinks
Washer And Dryer
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
On-call Studio support provided
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access