Beginning with “Equal Justice” in Fall of 2017, SFAI will award up to 60 sponsored residencies to artists of all disciplines as well as content experts across other fields of creative inquiry. This initiative to sponsor residency fees is a direct response to a global rise in intolerance and division, and the increasingly critical role for institutions like SFAI to foster social equity.

We seek to broaden accessibility to the residency experience and increase collective knowledge about each annual theme by bringing together artists with other innovators in disciplines such as architecture, planning, policy, education, science, health, law, and activism. We strategically integrate artistic experimentation, scholarship, and community engagement through collaborative research and works that transcend the limits of traditional disciplines and create new forms, narratives, and approaches to address the central issues of our time.

Together, we can cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world. The new application deadline is February 12, 2017, and is available here.



Through the sponsored thematic residency, SFAI offers living and working space for one to three months in our beautiful, Ricardo Legorreta-designed building within Santa Fe. Each residency includes a fully furnished, private apartment and bath, communal kitchen, dining, and living room areas, laundry facilities, gallery / installation / event space, access to outdoor spaces and interior courtyards, a contemporary art library, basic foodstuffs, and bicycle access. SFAI subsidizes all the above at no cost to residents in our commitment to supporting individuals dedicated to positive social change through creativity.


From September 2017 through July 2018, SFAI programming will explore the following questions within the context of Equal Justice:

  • How can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social and racial equity?
  • How can community action creatively address accountability and responsibility for equal justice within legal, financial, and social systems?
  • How can creative practices bear witness and give testimony to those who suffer injustice, and in the process help to transform systems of structural oppression?



Please read the instructions below and refer to the Residency Information page before beginning your application.  SFAI uses an online application process through Slideroom, available at this link. Mail and email applications are not accepted. Please contact  if you have questions about the application process.

You will be asked to provide:

Artist / Vision Statement: A brief description of your work.

Residency Proposal: A brief statement that outlines your goals and what you hope to achieve during your residency.

A current resume or CV.

Short narrative bio.

Two letters of recommendation (they are requested directly through the Slideroom application). Recommendations should come from two sources that are familiar with your work; former professors, colleagues, curators, museum directors, editors, publishers, etc.

Work sample (see below):

Support Materials: Please provide a combination of images, writing samples as PDF documents, videos, links to external media, etc. that demonstrate the quality of your work and the potential of your practice at SFAI.

Through Slideroom, SFAI charges a one time application fee of $35. This goes towards the online software to support this process, data storage, and a small juror stipend. Upon acceptance & before arrival at SFAI, a fully refundable $300 dollar studio & apartment security deposit is required for residents living on site. If a resident is not living on site, a fully refundable $150 studio deposit is required.


At SFAI, we are artists, innovative thinkers and engaged citizens. We cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world.

SFAI implements yearlong thematic programing that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with regional cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurial and education initiatives, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the greatest needs of our times.


For more information about applying for a residency or how your organization can engage as a community partner, email the Residency Program Manager at, or call 505.424.5050.