Resident artist sharing in process work in SFAI gallery

Resident artist sharing in process work in SFAI gallery

SFAI semi-private/shared studio spaces

SFAI semi-private/shared studio spaces

SFAI semi-private/shared studio spaces

SFAI semi-private/shared studio spaces

Resident artist collaborative engagement outdoors in Santa Fe

Resident artist collaborative engagement outdoors in Santa Fe

Resident artists performance and exhibition in the SFAI gallery

Resident artists performance and exhibition in the SFAI gallery

Resident artists presenting their work in a discussion for a public audience.

Resident artists presenting their work in a discussion for a public audience.

Exterior of the Santa Fe Art Institute building - designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.

Exterior of the Santa Fe Art Institute building - designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.

Entry way of the Santa Fe Art Institute building with artwork on ballasts.

Entry way of the Santa Fe Art Institute building with artwork on ballasts.

Interior courtyard of Santa Fe Art Institute building painted with the famous Legorreta blue.

Interior courtyard of Santa Fe Art Institute building painted with the famous Legorreta blue.

Santa Fe Art Institute Thematic Residency

Santa Fe, NM, United States

The Santa Fe Art Institute Thematic Residency Program supports dynamic creative practices that engage complex social issues, inspire individual transformation, and inform collective action. SFAI welcomes local, national, and international applicants of all backgrounds.

From the start, SFAI’s programming was developed and informed by artists, who worked to bring awareness to the shifting relationship between art and society, and to redefine and disrupt the traditional gatekeeping roles of art institutions, including outdated labels such as “master” artist.

While our programming, language, and focus has naturally shifted over the years, our mission has remained the same: to foster and explore the interconnections of contemporary art and society, to enliven public discourse on art, and to support and nurture artists at all phases of their careers.

Applications are accepted once a year for our annual theme, which includes our Family Residency Month in July.

Our residencies are free-of-charge, apart from an application fee (which is currently being reconsidered for 2024) and a refundable $150 security deposit.

Starting in 2023, SFAI will be offering $500 stipends to up to 28 regional BIPOC artists and creative practitioners who are awarded a residency. SFAI does not offer any other stipend or financial aid, nor does it act as a fiscal sponsor to residents. We suggest incoming residents apply for grants or crowdfunding to support their financial needs. Open call: Jan - April.

Contact

PO Box 24044
Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

Year Founded
1985
Context
Urban
Residency Structure
Stand-alone
Embedded in historic site
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Thematic
Retreat
Community-engaged
Residency Length
1 month - 3 months
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
12
Collaborative Residency
N/A
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Criticism
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Writing
Choreography
Performance Art
Music
Animation
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
TV + Radio
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Illustration
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Public Art
Social Practice
Storytelling
Ecology
Art History
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
N/A
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another 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

Applicants must be 25 years or older.
SFAI accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families.
Collaborations: Collaborations are between two people. Preference is given to collaborators with a history of successfully working together, but new Collaborations will be considered. Only one application is required per Collaboration and applications must reflect the work of both members.
Families: Families are integrated into the annual International Thematic Residency, in July only.The Family Residency is for just one month each year, in July only. Applicants who are not parents / guardians of a child are not eligible for this program. Parent-artists are welcome to bring one or two children between the ages of 2 and 17 with them to the July Family Residency.
For the July Family Residency, we only accept applications from Individual parent-artists and Collaborations between parent-artists who are partners / spouses. This means either:
1) Only one parent / guardian is an artist and applies for a residency as an Individual, and their spouse / partner and up to two children can accompany them. OR 2) Both parents / guardians are artists who work together on a mutual project, apply for a joint residency and they can bring up to two children with them.
Disciplines: Our International Thematic Residency Program is open to all artistic disciplines (e.g., visual arts, writing, performance, new media, etc.) and other creative practices including, but not limited to, curation, design, architecture, and education. We strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices.
Education / Training: We do not require any particular level of education or training to apply. Our residency program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established artists and creative practitioners who have a dedicated studio practice and professional demeanor.
Accessibility: SFAI is committed to accessibility as an integral aspect of both diversity and inclusivity, in all that we do. Read more about our commitment to Accessibility here.
Regional BIPOC Award: SFAI seeks to better support regional BIPOC artists through our Thematic Residency Program. Through the Regional BIPOC Award program, SFAI intends to award a $500 stipend to up to 28 regional BIPOC artists who are selected for a residency, starting with the 2023 thematic residency. In order to be eligible for this stipend program, applicants must:
Meet all the eligibility requirements listed above.
Self identify as Indigenous, Black, or a Person of Color.
Be a resident of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas, or Oklahoma.
Apply as an Individual. Collaborations and applicants to the Family Residency are not eligible for the stipend program.
Not be enrolled in school.
Indicate availability for any residency months other than July.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
55
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
200
Artist Stipend
0
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
0
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
150
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Refundable security deposit for housing.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
10
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Pre-orientation
Manual / handbook before arrival
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
Captions for videos
Links to resources, effective practices, grievance procedures, etc.
High contrast, clear way-finding and/or signage
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
ADA Compliant
Additional Accessibility Information

SFAI is committed to accessibility as an integral aspect of both diversity and inclusivity, in all that we do. Read more about our commitment to accessibility here: https://sfai.org/about/accessibility/

Caregiver/Aide/PCA
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Estrella Esquilin
Accessibility Contact Email
eesquilin@sfai.org
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Housekeeping services
Air Conditioned Housing
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

SFAI's facility is a nearly 17,000 square foot complex, designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Our facilities include 12 private living quarters, 12 semi-private work studios, a gallery, library, communal kitchen and dining room, all anchored around a beautiful interior courtyard.

Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Printers + Scanner
Washer And Dryer
Other
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Studios/facilities Details
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access