Headlands Center for the Arts

2020 Artists in Residence

Headlands Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 46 artists and collaboratives awarded for its renowned Artists in Residence program for 2020, as well as cash awards for visual art, social practice, music, and writing—including two new awards from The Vita Brevis Club and the Gardner Family. In addition, six artists have been selected for Project Space awards. With local, national, and international artists from 10 states and 16 countries, the creative practitioners in this year’s lineup will begin arriving at Headlands in mid-March and will conduct four- to ten-week residencies through the end of October 2020. The fully sponsored, live-in residencies are designed to support and sustain the artistic process.

Selection of work by 2020 Artists in Residence: Jaro Varga, Will Rawls, Danielle Dean, Arquitectura Expandida, Anna Betbeze, Pia Camil
Clockwise from top left: Jaro Varga, In Someone’s Else Dream, 2017, installation view, Soda Gallery Bratislava, photo: Adam Sakovy; Will Rawls, still from Sister Spell, 2018, digital video projection; Danielle Dean, still from True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), 2017, HD video, color, sound, 9 min 39 sec; Arquitectura Expandida and community neighborhood of La Cecilia, LA CASA DE LA LLUVIA [de ideas] community space, 2012–present, Bogotá, Colombia; Anna Betbeze, Venus, 2018, wool, acid dyes, ash from burning, 96×105 inches; Pia Camil, Fade into Black: sit, chill, look, talk, roll, play, listen, give, take, dance, share, 2019, second-hand T-shirts from Las Torres Market, Iztapalapa, 11 units, each 180 x 375 inches. Image credit: Courtesy of Queens Museum. Photo: Hai Zhang

2020 Headlands Awards for Artists:

Chamberlain Award for social practice: Arquitectura Expandida

Supports artists who display exceptional merit in the discipline of social practice with a fully sponsored residency and a 10,000 USD cash prize.

Chiaro Award for painting: Anna Betbeze

A fully sponsored residency and 15,000 USD cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter residing in the United States.

Gardner Planetary Health Award: Jan Mun

A fully sponsored residency and 10,000 USD cash prize that recognizes an artist whose practice demonstrates an ongoing interest in exploring natural systems and planetary health.

McLaughlin Children’s Trust Award: Patricia Evangelista

Supports an exemplary writer with a fully sponsored residency and a 10,000 USD cash prize.

McLaughlin Foundation Award: Carolyn Yarnell

Recognizes an established artist with a clear dedication to their practice and a substantial body of work with a fully sponsored residency and a 10,000 USD cash prize.

VBC Artist Award: Anja Ulfeldt

A fully sponsored artist residency and a 10,000 USD cash prize that recognizes a Bay Area-based artist with a clear dedication to their practice.

Project Space Residencies: Autumn Ahn, Andreas Johansson, Rindon Johnson, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Genevieve Quick, WangShui

These artists will host open studio hours and a culminating Project Space installation during their stay.

Complete list of 2020 Artists in Residence by discipline:

Architecture/Environment: Erin Besler & Ian Besler, New Jersey

Arts Professional: Brian Droitcour, New York

Film/Video/New Media: David de Rozas, Spain, California / Hu Liwei, China / Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Pennsylvania

Interdisciplinary: Navild (niv) Acosta, New York / Autumn Ahn, Massachusetts / Charlotte Brathwaite, New York / Pia Camil, Mexico / Danielle Dean, California / S.J Norman, Australia / taisha paggett, California / Genevieve Quick, California / Anja Ulfeldt, California

Music/Sound: Lea Bertucci, New York / Shinobu Eto, Japan / Marc Vilanova, Catalonia / Carolyn Yarnell, California

Performance/Dance: Morgan Bassichis, New York / Nichole Canuso, Pennsylvania / Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, New York / Will Rawls, New York

Social Practice: Arquitectura Expandida, Colombia / Jan Mun, New York

Visual Art: Anna Betbeze, California / Matthew Connors, New York / Kenturah Davis, Connecticut / Modupeola Fadugba, Nigeria / Andreas Johansson, Sweden / Rindon Johnson, Germany / Sahar Khoury, California / Ramekon O’Arwisters, California / Campbell Patterson, New Zealand / Boryana Rusenova Ina, Ohio / Jaro Varga, Czech Republic / WangShui, New York

Writing: Marta Bausells, Spain, United Kingdom / Patricia Evangelista, Philippines / Mary Grimm, Ohio / tanea lunsford lynx, California / Lara Mimosa Montes, Minnesota / Laura Mullen, Louisiana / Nami Mun, Illinois / Suzanne Rivecca, California / Jocelyn Saidenberg, California / Mmakgosi Anita Tau, Botswana

About Headlands Center for the Arts
Founded in 1982, Headlands Center for the Arts operates a multidisciplinary, international arts center best known for its dynamic public programs and highly lauded artist residency. Located in the coastal wilderness of the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Headlands’ historic nine-building campus is dedicated to process-driven exploration and risk-taking contemporary art in all disciplines. Headlands’ Artists Programs provide artists with opportunities for research, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange at critical times in their careers. 

Headlands’ programs for artists and the public are possible thanks to generous support from Headlands Board of Directors, donors, underwriters, foundations, and other institutional partners.

Banner photo by Andria Lo.