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Residency Information

General Information

SFAI’s international Residency Program continues to grow and expand to serve the needs of artists, writers, architects, and creative practitioners of many different disciplines, in the support of innovative thinking and creative risk taking. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with cultural and educational organizations, and integrating artistic and 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.

SFAI implements yearlong thematic programing that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. SFAI also offers fellowship programs with foundation and governmental partners, as well as special residency initiatives throughout the year. Each competitive selection process for residencies at SFAI is primarily based on the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the annual residency, or requirements of each particular fellowship or special initiative for which they are applying.

The selection focuses on the experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI. The selection committee is comprised of successful artists, content experts, writers, community stakeholders and other creative professionals from Santa Fe and around the world.

SFAI supports more than 60 residents per year for creative practitioners from all over the world, and offers a cohesive, theme-focused creative environment and supportive working conditions. The overall physical layout of the residency space encourages daily interaction and fosters communication amongst residents.


Residents are housed in well-appointed individual rooms with private baths. Those with studio-based practices will be accommodated in large, semi-private studios. All residents share a kitchen, lounge, laundry, and collaborative production space. See pictures and read more about our facilities here.

Applications and Deadlines

All residency applications are received online. SFAI conducts an open call for thematic residency applications, with an annual January deadline. The thematic residency runs from September through July. Check fellowship opportunities and special initiatives online for other deadline dates. SFAI does not accept residency applications by email, regular mail, or fax.

Apply for the current open call for applications here.

Residency Length and Availability

Residencies vary from one month to three months. We have found that two to three month residencies result in greater impact for residents. Residencies are not available during the month of December. The thematic residency runs from September through July. In July, we host a Family Residency for artists with children who have been accepted into the Thematic Residency program.

Thematic Residency Application Requirements

All applications must be uploaded here.

CV/Resume (up to 6000 characters)

Residency Proposal (up to 4000 characters)

Statement (up to 6000 characters)

Short Narrative Bio (800 characters)

Statement of community engagement if applicable (1200 characters)

Two Letters of Reference (can not be reused)

Visual Artists: 10 still images, or 5 minutes of video

Writers: 10 pages of prose or 10 poems (not to exceed 15 pages total)

SFAI will accept a composite of written and visual materials for creative practices that result in diverse forms of documentation.

Residency and Application Costs

By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with 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. Our award-winning facility and dedicated staff support our residents alongside other programming.

The cost to SFAI for the thematic residency program is $4,000 per resident per month. Thanks to the support of our partners and donors, we are able to offset costs to residents by 75% or more, with a maximum cost to residents of only $1,000 per month. We are very grateful to those residents who choose to pay for their residency in full, as it allows us to offer need-based financial aid to other talented applicants who would be unable to attend without assistance. If you are applying for a fellowship or special initiative residency, check here for program costs and what each program offers.

If you or your organization would like to graciously provide a fellowship to support artists in financial need, please contact SFAI at

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. (Please see jury selection below.)

Financial Aid

SFAI strives to offer need-based financial aid toward the $1,000 per month fee, and can do so on a limited basis thanks to the generous support of our partners and donors. Application for and allocation of all scholarships will be awarded once the applicant has been accepted into residency. Need-based scholarships are decided at the discretion of the SFAI, based on tax returns and letters of financial necessity. SFAI does not provide travel, material, or project stipends, unless specifically noted under particular fellowships. With any further questions please contact the Residency Program Manager at

The Cyndie & Roger Gullickson Fellowship

The Cyndie & Roger Gullickson Fellowship provides one month of residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute free of charge. This Fellowship reflects the Gullicksons’ desire to support extraordinary artists for whom a residency at SFAI would otherwise be cost prohibitive. The Fellowship includes residential accommodation in SFAI’s beautiful facility, studio space, basic food items, and inclusion and promotion through SFAI events and web presence. The Fellowship will be awarded to two artists selected for the Thematic Residency Program. To be considered, apply to the Thematic Residency program and follow directions to apply for financial aid. All financial aid applicants will be considered for this award. This Fellowship does not have any further stipulations or expected outcomes. To find out more about this opportunity, please contact our Residency Program Manager at

International Applicants

SFAI encourages international applications, but can not provide visa support beyond a letter of acceptance. All travel costs and arrangements are to be made by the resident.