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Facilities | Santa Fe Art Institute


Artists selected for a residency receive living and working space at SFAI, which is centrally located within Santa Fe’s vibrant and diverse cultural community. SFAI’s facility, a nearly 17,000 square foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, includes:

  • gallery and exhibition spaces
  • sky lit studios
  • contemporary art library
  • outdoor spaces and courtyards
  • laundry facilities
  • communal kitchen, dining and living room areas.

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.

Residential life at SFAI includes:

  • fully furnished private living quarters with a private bath for each resident.
  • Ethernet connection in living quarters and access to wireless Internet throughout the building.
  • semi-private studio space for visual artists (studio space for writers depending upon availability).
  • communal kitchen stocked with cooking supplies and utensils, ample food storage, and basic food-stuffs, such as bread, eggs and milk.

Additional resources:

  • Residents have the opportunity to use fabrication and material specific facilities at  Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) on a case by case basis. Residents should contact the residency program manager for more information.
  • Access to SFUAD’s extensive library services and a fully equipped gym.
  • SFUAD campus security is available 24 hours a day.
  • For those residents with a U.S. driver’s license, there are three vehicles available for local use. SFAI is walking distance to bus stops, several grocery stores and other businesses.
  • Several bicycles available for daily use.

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. A Residency Assistant is always available for residents on site.

Santa Fe

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 access to some of the most diverse arts and cultural activities in the US.  Santa Fe is particularly rich with cultural activities available, such as museums, galleries, historic landmarks, unique geography, and outdoor activities.  Santa Fe is known for its patronage of contemporary art and literature and 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.