Residency Structure & Requirements

SFAI asks for project proposals so the jury can evaluate the applicant’s understanding of and potential for creative engagement with the annual theme, as well as their capacity to be sensitive to others, conduct themselves professionally, take initiative in their practice, and thrive within a semi-structured residency environment.

However, SFAI understands that the creative process is not linear and that, once here, residents’ project proposal may be influenced by their experiences with the people and places of northern New Mexico, as well as their conversations with their cohort and SFAI staff around the residency theme. Therefore, we do not require a finished product other than submittal of materials for our online Resident Archive within one month of departure, nor do we expect that residents follow their project proposals exactly as they were outlined in their application.

Residents are expected to be largely self-directed aside from a few required activities, including a group orientation, welcome lunch, and brief presentation of their work to staff and each other during the first week of their residency.

Thereafter, residents are free to spend their time at SFAI as they see fit — be it making in their studios, quietly contemplating in their rooms, reading in our library, self-organizing studio visits or discussion groups with their fellow residents, exploring New Mexico while researching and/or gathering materials, interfacing with our diverse community, visiting local museums and galleries, or attending one of the many cultural events unique to Santa Fe.


What SFAI Provides

• Private room and full bath with linens
• Semi-private studio, with desk, chair, and task lamp
• Communal living and working areas (fully equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge, interior courtyard, outdoor workyard, tool room with slop sink)
• Basic tools (drill/drivers and bits, hand tools, misc hardware, measuring tapes, rulers, scissors)
• Discounted membership to MAKE Santa Fe with personalized instruction
• Free laundry facilities
• Contemporary art library
• Building-wide highspeed internet access
• Use of two cars for $30 per month and the cost of gas
• Bicycles, helmets, bike locks, and tire pump
• Basic food items (bread, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea)
• Two communal meals per month (Welcome Lunch and Lunch with the Director)
• Monthly open studios during programmed institutional events
• Potential space for your own event (optional and depending on availability)
• Your own page on our website, in the Resident Archive


SFAI Requirements

• Timely Arrival & Departure (during business hours [9-5] on first and last days of your scheduled residency)
• Continued Presence & Engagement (for the duration of your residency)
• Adherence to SFAI Ethics & Code of Conduct (for the duration of your residency)
• Attendance at Group Orientation & Welcome Lunch (second day of your residency)
• Presentation at Monthly Resident Showcase (first Thursday of each residency month)
• Presentation at SFAI 140 (for March, July, and November residents only)
• Check-out Inspection of Room & Studio (prior to departure on your last day)
• Submission of Materials for Online Alumni Archive (within one month of departure)