YOU to our wonderful Residency Partners:
Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole
Museum of Contemporary
Native Art http://www.iaia.edu/
for Indian Arts http://swaia.org/
Witter Bynner Foundation
for Poetry http://www.bynne
Arzobe in his SFAI studio
Lee in her SFAI studio
Ingrid Duch's SFAI studio
Dancing Earth dancer at SFAI. Photo: Paolo T. Photography
in her SFAI studio
of a Kerry Rodgers work in her SFAI studio
of work in Loren Erdrich’s SFAI studio
Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency
Emergency Relief Residences
Canada Council for the Arts International Residency
Emerging Artist Fellowship
Deadlines & Fees
artists whose work supports the world
information on SFAI's Residency program,
please contact Residency Director Katie Avery
at (505) 424-5050 or email
SFAI’s international Artists and Writers Residency
Program continues to grow and expand to serve the needs of artists and
foster invaluable relationships with artists and organizations in the
local communities and beyond in the support of innovative thinking and
creative risk taking.
In 2012, SFAI welcomed nearly 80 artists and writers from around the
globe for a 1-3 month live-in residency. With unrestricted time and
space, residents have the freedom to explore and the opportunity to
be bold. Residents are inspired by the unique architectural qualities
of the Legorreta-designed building, the phenomenal illuminating light
around the city, the cultural richness of the people, and the landscape
of the Southwest. They participate in various arts and cultural events
around town, and present their own work to the public during our monthly
Open Studios and Readings. They are often featured in local press, exhibitions,
and on the local airwaves. Some complete work while in residence for
exhibitions, performances, and publications; others find the rare quiet
that exposes depth and elasticity in the creative process.
While in residence, Fidencio Duran started and completed his mural painting
as a finalist in the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project; Maori artist,
Nathan Pohio, developed his works for Spyglass Field Recordings: Santa
Fe, a solo exhibition featured at the Museum of Contemporary Native
Arts; Beirut39 poet, Najwan Darwish, whose residency was arranged through
the Alliance for Artists Communities, offered several readings in the
community and on Santa Fe Radio Café while writing poetry late
into the night; Faith Purvey ran an interactive workshop, Invisible
Cities, with youth from our Education and Outreach Program; and Kerry
Rodgers discovered a method to highlight the stories and images she
has captured and documented in Haiti.
While primarily operating under a traditional residency model, the SFAI
also maintains partnerships and collaborations with several local, national,
and international organizations in providing residencies to artists
of diverse disciplines and backgrounds. In the coming year we will host
residencies through partnerships with the Ecole supérieure des
beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole, the Canada Council for the Arts,
the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Southwestern Association
of Indian Arts, the Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Currents,
the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and the Harpo Foundation.
In 2013 we will begin a family residency initiative by offering a one-month
residency to parent artists. The SFAI recognizes the lack of residency
opportunities for artists to be able to take advantage of residencies
without having to leave their children behind. We are taking responsibility
in doing our part to close that gap by offering an environment that
supports both creative opportunities and the needs of artists with children.
I invite you to join us for our monthly Open Studios and Readings held
throughout the year; come see and hear the important work our artists
and writers are doing and share in the conversations that empower ideas,
voices, and community building.
- Katie Avery, SFAI Residency Director
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) conducts a bi-annual competitive selection
process for artist and writer residencies that focuses on the professional
experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their
potential to have a productive residency at SFAI. The selection committees
are comprised of successful artists, gallery owners, art instructors,
writers, and other arts professionals from our region. SFAI supports
over 50 residents per year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment
that creates the ideal working conditions for our resident artists.
Residents are housed in handsomely appointed rooms with private baths
and are provided with beautiful, well-lit studio spaces, allowing them
to pursue creative projects without interruption. The overall physical
layout of the residency space encourages daily interaction and fosters
communication among residents from all over the world.
Length and Availability
The length of SFAI Residencies varies from one month (minimum) to three
months (maximum). Depending on availability, residencies can be scheduled
between February and December. The Residency Program is closed in January.
Successful applicants have one calendar year from their acceptance date
to complete a residency. Residents who wish to return to SFAI must wait
two calendar years to reapply. Originals letters of recommendation may
not be used when reapplying.
Bynner Poetry Translation Residency
The SFAI, in conjunction with the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry,
offers one poetry translator residency per year. The residency is open
to both published and emerging poetry translators and includes a stipend
to subsidized transportation and accommodations and a modest living
This residency is for one month.
Next Deadline: TBD
Emergency Relief Residences
In its unconditional support for all artists, SFAIs Emergency Relief
Residency program provides respite to artists affected by the horrors
of political, social, or natural disasters. SFAI began the Emergency
Relief Residency in 2001 for New York artists following the devastating
events of 9/11. The hurricanes and flooding in the Gulf Coast region
underscored our feeling of responsibility toward our US peers and colleagues.
In comprehending the loss of lives and the ways in which the work of
a lifetime can be wiped out in an instant, SFAI reinstituted our Emergency
Relief Residency Program to provide living space and studios to professional
artists, writers, and crafts people of the Gulf Coast states, whose
lives and livelihoods have been so deeply affected.
The flexibility of the Institute to respond quickly and effectively
to such challenges is one of our great strengths. We continue to open
our doors to artists whose lives and creative work have been disrupted
by natural disasters or personal ones. SFAI has received support for
this initiative through generous contributions from the Warhol Foundation,
the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
The SFAI also partners with freeDimensional, an international non-profit
organization dedicated to finding safe-haven locations in residency
programs around the world for artist/activists who find them selves
in peril as a result of the work that they make. More info at http://www.freedimensional.org
Council for the Arts International Residency
In 2013 and 2014 the SFAI and Canada Council for the Arts will partner
in providing two residencies for an Aboriginal visual artist and/or
curator for a period of three months each.
The CCA International Residencies program supports professionals in
the visual arts which includes visual and fine craft artists, and independent
critics and curators in furthering their artistic practice in an international
context. This residency component is dedicated to Canadian Aboriginal
artists and curators of First Nations, Métis and Inuit origins.
For more information please contact CCA Program Officer, Pao Quang Yeh
at 1 800 585 5559.
The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa
Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual
opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs
time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist Fellows
will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which
includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful,
well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.
One Fellowship is awarded annually to emerging artists who demonstrate:
Strong artistic ability and promise
An evolving practice this is at a pivotal moment in its development
Process and Deadlines
The annual application deadline is July 5. Artists must apply
online. To find out more about this opportunity, please contact
Residency Director Katie Avery at (505) 424 5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists who are selected for a residency receive living and working
space at SFAI centrally located within Santa Fe's vibrant and diverse
cultural community. Resident living and studio space is located within
the SFAI facility, a nearly 17,000 square foot complex designed by renowned
Mexican architect, Ricardo Legoretta. SFAI's facilities include gallery/exhibition
spaces, sky lit studios, a growing contemporary art library, courtyards,
laundry facilities, communal kitchen, and dining and living room areas.
All residents receive private living quarters with a private bath. Visual
artists are provided with a semi-private studio space. Writers are welcome
to use the library for writing and reading, as well as their own private
rooms equipped with desks. Depending upon availability, writers may
also request studio space. An outdoor courtyard offers space for working
in a variety of media.
SFAI's facility meets all ADA requirements with complete accessibility
for wheelchairs to studio and living spaces. Two resident rooms are
equipped with bathroom facilities for wheelchair access, and since SFAI's
complex is one level, there are no stairs or barriers. All signage is
presented in large clear type (English and Spanish) and in Braille.
Campus security is available 24 hours a day, and a Residency Assistant
is available for residents on site. The unique SFAI environment allows
residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no
requirements on the work produced during their time at SFAI.
SFAI has the additional benefit of being located on the Santa Fe University
of Art and Design campus; please visit www.santafeuniversity.edu
for more information. Residents have access to extensive library services
and a fully equipped gym.
SFAI has become deeply rooted in the local arts community by hosting
a monthly Open Studio. The well-publicized event draws a broad range
of local arts patrons, gallery owners and representatives from local
museums to view work in progress, discuss ideas, materials and techniques
with SFAI Residents. The combination of readings, slide lectures and
studio tours is the only open studio event of its kind in the Santa
Fe. Indeed, SFAI's Open Studio is one of the most important monthly
art events in Northern New Mexico.
Residency Fee: $1,000.00 per month
5 and December 31 each year
SFAI offers generous financial aid packages in the form of need-based
scholarships and scholarships made possible over the years by the generosity
of the Warhol Foundation, Witter Bynner Foundation and Joan Mitchell
Application and allocation of all scholarships will be facilitated once
the applicant has been accepted into the program. Need based scholarships
are decided at the discretion of the SFAI, based on tax returns and
letters of financial need. If you have further questions please contact
Residency Director Katie Avery email.
Santa Fe was the first city in the US to be designated as a member of
the creative-cities network by UNESCO. SFAI resident artists have unprecedented
access to some of the most diverse arts and cultural activities in the
US. The community of Santa Fe is particularly rich in terms of the breadth
of cultural activities available and for its patronage of contemporary
art and literature. Widely known for a thriving gallery scene, virtually
every weekend of the year artists in residence can attend museum or
gallery openings showcasing Santa Fe's considerable support for the
traditional arts and visionary contemporary art. Santa Fe also provides
a unique geography, with hikes, hot springs and a wealth of natural
offerings for residents.