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Headlands Center for the Arts Seeks Resident Artists

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Headlands Center for the Arts Seeks Resident Artists



The Headlands Center for the Arts’ Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 50 local, national, and international artists each year. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus.

Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

AWARD AMOUNT:  Free housing, free studio space, paid roundtrip airfare, 1 meal per day provided, and a $500 per month stipend (or expenses reimbursement, if less than $500 per month) for residencies of 4-10 weeks.

ELIGIBILITY: Artist over 18 and not enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application; graduate students evaluated on a case-by-case basis; basic English required

DEADLINE: June 26, 2020

APPLICATION FEE: $45 (apply by May 29 for a reduced fee of $25)

About Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. Headlands Center for the Arts is about people, their ideas, and the things they create.

Where we are is as important as what we do. Our campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Residency Program Goals

  • To support and invest in individuals at the cutting edge of their fields, whose work will impact the cultural landscape at large. To provide these artists with the support and opportunity to take their work to the next level and to explore and experiment
  • To bring artists and thinkers into a dynamic community of local, national, and international artists: a professional network of creative practitioners and thinkers
  • To encourage artists to explore their ideas and work within the context of the Marin Headlands, a part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • To bring an international community of artists to the Bay Area and create opportunities for engagement and cross-cultural exchange with local artists and audiences

Residency Program Details

  • Fully sponsored 4- to 10-week residencies
  • Paid roundtrip airfare, and up to $500 a month of either a stipend or reimbursed expenses
  • 100- to 2000-sq.-foot studios
  • Private bedroom in shared house
  • A maximum four week stay for families in the Family House (by request only and subject to availability)
  • Five chef-prepared meals per week
  • Access to vehicles on-site
  • Facilities access: Basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; artists’ library with computer, scanner, and printer
  • Wi-Fi in designated spaces
  • Up to 15 Artists in Residence living on-site
  • Up to 25 Headlands artists working on-site
  • Participation in monthly “Show & Tell” nights
  • Participation in seasonal Open House
  • Access to Headlands Public Events
  • Field trips to Bay Area museums, galleries, and cultural venues
  • Become part of Headlands Alumni Network

Selection Process

Headlands’ staff reviews applications to ensure completion and eligibility. Submissions are reviewed by a jury of knowledgeable and esteemed artists and arts professionals. The jury evaluates each artist’s materials and selects finalists. Finalists are invited to present their work in a 20-minute phone or Skype interview to determine the final award selection.

Selection Criteria

  • Merit of past work
  • Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at Headlands (see program goals)
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the community at Headlands and beyond

What to Submit

Please note that all applications and work samples must be submitted in or translated to English.

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Letter of interest, outlining your specific interest in working at Headlands and how program participation will affect your practice
  3. The names and email addresses of three personal or professional references; please note, we do not want letters of reference.
  4. Documentation of recent work (see specifications below for guidelines according to discipline)
  5. $45 processing fee

**Artist collaboratives should apply together by submitting ONE application per group, specifying the number of individuals on the application form. For live-in Artists in Residence, Headlands can accommodate no more than three total artists in a collaborative group.

Please select from the following list materials appropriate to your practice. The category headings are guidelines; please submit whatever type of materials best represent your work.

  • Visual (painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, conceptual): Applicants may submit up to 12 work samples, which can be a combination of images, video, or audio files (maximum of 30 minutes of video and audio). Submission of an image list with title, date, size, media, and, where applicable, conceptual intent, is optional.
  • Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting): Submit up to 20 pages of poetry, 30 pages of prose or one to two full-length plays/scripts.
  • Performance / Dance: Submit 30 minutes of video, along with any other material that adequately describes your work. Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.
  • Film / Video / New Media: Submit up to 30 minutes of video. Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.
  • Music / Sound: Submit up to 30 minutes of audio and/or video. Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.
  • Arts Professionals (art writers, administrators, and curators): Submit sufficient material to evidence the breadth of your work and interests, including reviews, essays, and catalogs.
  • Architecture / Environment: Review documentation requirements for Visual Artists.

How to Submit

Submit online via Submittable. If Internet access is an issue, you may submit your digital application via land mail:

AIR Program
Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

QUESTIONS? Contact Holly Blake,


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