Headlands Center for the Arts

Our Impact

What can I say about the Headlands? It is the most amazing place for artists to think about new ideas. I remember going there five years ago with a quote I tacked to the wall and a box of books. The residency there gave me the space to think free of distraction (and WiFi). That period led to making CONNECTED, and I am forever grateful to the space they provided as well as for having a community of artists to have dinner with… —Tiffany Shlain (AIR ’06)

Although the impact of supporting artists and creativity is not easily measured by typical standards, Headlands’ accomplishments can be assessed largely through the career successes of alumni artists, many of whom have gone on to achieve international recognition and receive awards, including MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grants; Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell, Pollock-Krasner, MAP Fund, Wallace Alexander Gerbode, SFMOMA SECA Art, Aldrich, and Anonymous Was A Woman awards; and National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation USA, Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka, and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Since our founding in 1982, Headlands has supported over 1,200 artists. The risk-taking and innovation that these individuals began during their time at Headlands has lead to groundbreaking work that fills museums, galleries, theaters, bookstores, libraries, and public spaces around the world.