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.
Applications are accepted online through our Slideroom portal.
- Provide 1-10 files that best represent your work, including any combination of the allowed media types:
- Images (up to 5MB each)
- Video (up to 250MB each)
- Audio (up to 30MB each)
- PDFs (up to 10MB each)
- General Artist Statement
- Residency Proposal
- Two Letters of Recommendation submitted through Slideroom
HARPO Fellows receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes:
- Private room and bath
- Communal kitchen and lounge
- Basic foodstuffs
- Semi-private studio space and shared work area
- Basic tools and discounted use of MAKE Santa Fe facilities
- Access to exhibition/event space
- Contemporary Art Library
- $500 travel stipend
All materials, equipment, and other expenses are the responsibility of the Fellow.
For more information about the HARPO Foundation and past recipients of the Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship, please visit their web page.
SFAI is proud to support visual artists & writers with spinal cord injuries (SCI) through a new Creative Access Fellowship in partnership with Alliance of Artist Communities, the Vermont Studio Center, PLAYA, and Ragdale Foundation. Creative Access offers artists with SCI the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees will receive the invaluable opportunity of a 2-8 week residency at one of the four host sites, including room and board, a stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed. To apply, share the application, and learn more, visit the Alliance for Artist Communities Creative Access Page.
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.
SFAI offers living and working space for one to three months in our beautiful, Ricardo Legorreta- designed building within Santa Fe. Each residency includes a fully furnished, private apartment and bath, communal kitchen, dining, and living room areas, laundry facilities, gallery / installation / event space, access to outdoor spaces and interior courtyards, a contemporary art library, basic foodstuffs, and bicycle access. SFAI will subsidize all the above at no cost to residents in our commitment to supporting individuals dedicated to positive social change through creativity. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the Equal Justice Page, or contact our Residency Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Residency Initiative
The family residency initiative offers a one-month residency to parent artists. SFAI recognizes the lack of residency opportunities for artists to be able to take advantage of residencies without having to leave their children behind. We are taking responsibility in doing our part to close that gap by offering an environment that supports both creative opportunities and the needs of artists with children. Families are generally hosted in July. Parent artists apply through SFAI’s annual thematic residency application.To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the Family Residency Initiative page.
Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence (Alaskan Artists only)
The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program will support eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcome to Alaska organizations accomplished artists from elsewhere. Support to the host organizations cover artist travel and stipend, administrative fees, housing and meal costs, materials, and local transportation. SFAI will make final selections from applicants who complete an online application through Rasmuson Foundation. The application is available here at this link.For more information, contact Program Officer Jayson Smart: (907) 297-2882; (877) 366-2700 toll-free in Alaska; or email email@example.com.
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. For more information, please contact Mei-chuan Chan, Executive Senior Cultural Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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