Harpo Fellowship

Image credit: Parisa Ghaderi

Applications for the 2020 Fellowship closed on October 1st at 11:59pm. Please check back in 2020 for the 2021 open application. 

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.

The HARPO Emerging Artist Fellow receives:

$500 travel stipend
A one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute
A private room and bath
A semi-private studio space
Access to common facilities and basic tools
A discounted membership to MAKE Santa Fe
Breakfast food items
Two communal meals
Participation in monthly open studios

In 2020, the HARPO Fellowship residency can take place either January 6-31, February 3-28, March 2-27, August 31-September 25, October 5-30, or November 2-27.

The HARPO Emerging Artist Fellow is integrated into SFAI’s International Thematic Residency Program and may also share space with a variety of local and international Fellows sponsored by government agencies including the Taiwan Ministry or Culture and Greece Fulbright Commission. HARPO Fellows are not required to engage the 2020 residency theme, 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. For details about our International Thematic Residency Program, please visit our Residency Information and Residency FAQ.

For more information about past recipients of the Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency, please visit this site and/or www.harpofoundation.org.


This fellowship 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 1st
Application due October 1st, 11:50pm
Letters of Recommendation due October 8th, 11:59pm
Applications accepted online through SlideRoom only

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


In addition to the $35 application fee, SFAI requires a refundable $150 security deposit to be paid upon acceptance. All other expenses, materials, and equipment are the responsibility of the fellow.

Harpo Fellows

Abigail Lucien / 2020

Parisa Ghaderi / 2019

Ssu-ya Hsiung / 2018

Nick Rivers / 2017

Annesofie Sandal / 2016