SFAI is proud to support visual artists & writers with spinal cord injuries (SCI) through a the Creative Access Fellowship. Creative Access offers US and Canadian visual artists and writers with spinal cord injury the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees will receive the invaluable opportunity of between a 2-8 week residency at one of the four host sites, including room and board, a $1000 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed. Please share this opportunity with your networks! Previous Creative Access applicants and awardees are eligible to apply again.
Visit the Alliance for Artist Communities Creative Access Page.

Since 2009, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has partnered with the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) to support visual artists and writers with spinal cord injury (SCI) with residency fellowships. In 2017, the Creative Access Fellowships Program – in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities – expanded to include 12 residency stays at four host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), PLAYA (Summerlake, OR), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence. Application and selection for the Creative Access residencies are facilitated by the Alliance of Artists Communities.

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship are now closed. Click here to view the 2018 recipients. 


Image Credit: Nick Rivers

The Harpo Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute is a prestigious award established in 2013 to provide an emerging visual artist with strong artistic ability and an evolving practice, the space and time to explore ideas and start new projects in a residency context at a pivotal moment in their professional development.



This award is open to international applicants who are self-defined under-recognized* visual artists** over the age of 25 and not enrolled in a degree program at the time of the application deadline.

*To determine whether an artist is “under-recognized” the selection committee looks at an artist’s resume and overall presence in the field. If they see that the artist has already achieved a certain amount of prominence and recognition because they have (1) presented their work at venues such as major museums, art centers, international biennales, (2) received multiple notable awards and grants, (3) enjoy the representation of a prominent commercial gallery, they would likely not consider the applicant to be “under-recognized” by the field. As a general rule, the HARPO Foundation prefers that their funding go toward providing opportunities and encouragement to artists who have yet to receive this level of support.

**Visual Artists (e.g., Painting, Illustration, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking). Creative writing, dance, theater, film, digital/new media, performance art, and site specific installation art fall outside the purview of the HARPO Foundation. However, a proposal with an interdisciplinary approach may be considered as long as it has a strong visual art component.



Applications open August 1, 2018, the application deadline is October 1, 2018 (Midnight). Letters of Recommendation Deadline: October 8,2018 (Midnight).

The application requires a project proposal, 5-10 work samples, artist biography, CV/Resume, and 2 letters of recommendation from professional references.

The annual Artist Fellow receives a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a private room and bath, a semi-private studio space, access to common facilities and basic tools, breakfast food items, two communal meals, and a $500 travel stipend.

The residency will take place in either September, October, or November 2019. The HARPO Emerging Artist Fellow is not required to engage the 2019 residency theme, “Truth & Reconciliation,” but may do so at their discretion. Ultimately, the semi-structured programming and unique environment at SFAI allows the Artist Fellow to be as interactive or private as they wish with other residents. All other expenses, materials, and equipment are the responsibility of the fellow.

In addition to the $35 application fee, SFAI requires a refundable $150 security deposit to be paid upon acceptance.

The only required outcome is for the Fellow to submit 5 images of work made during the residency and a statement of impact. For more information about the HARPO Foundation and past recipients of the Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency, please visit their website at www.harpofoundation.org.


Fulbright Scholarship for Greek Citizens

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award one grant to creative practitioners for participation in the Santa Fe Art Institute’s international Artists and Writers Residency Program. This fellowship is for creative professionals in all artistic fields including fine arts, creative writing, education, curatorship, art criticism, craft, design, architecture, theater, cinematography, photography, and digital arts. The grant period must take place between January and May 2018 and must be completed by May 31, 2018. Fulbright grants at SFAI are awarded for four months. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the residency season for which they are applying, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. The selection focuses on the professional experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI.
To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Greek Fulbright website, available here.


Taiwan Ministry of Culture Residency Exchange Fellowship

The Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) will support one Taiwanese artist, writer, or curator for a 3 month residency at SFAI. This residency is a significant opportunity to connect with the international art community through interacting with artists, curators, and art critics from other countries. This fellowship includes support for travel and residency fees in addition to a monetary stipend.

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship are now closed, please visit this site for future updates. 



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