Harpo Fellowship



Applications for the 2018 fellowship are now closed.

This prestigious, singular award was 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 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, and a $500 travel stipend. 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. This award is open to 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.


Self-defined under-recognized** visual artists who are not currently enrolled in a degree program may submit proposals on their own behalf. **To determine whether an artist is “under-recognized” we look at an artist’s resume and overall presence in the field. If we 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, we would likely not consider them 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.

25 years and older

Visual Artist* (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.

Artists who are students at the time of the application deadline are not eligible.

For more information about the HARPO Foundation and past recipients of the Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship, please visit their web page.