Headlands Center for the Arts

Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. 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.

Program Period

  • Application period for 2015 program is closed. 2015 Program runs March to December, 2015.
  • 2015 Awardees will be notified by November 1, 2014. Thank you for your patience during the selection process.
  • Each Program year is divided into three seasons: Spring, March – May; Summer, June – August; and Fall, September - November.

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

Program Details

  • Fully sponsored 4- to 10-week residencies with optional monthly stipend of $500
  • 100- to 2000-sq.-foot studios
  • Private bedroom in shared house Learn more
  • A maximum two week stay for families in the Family House (by request only)
  • Five chef-prepared meals per week
  • Access to vehicles on-site
  • Facilities access: Basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; artists’ library with computers, 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
  • For more information see the AIR FAQ sheet

Eligibility

  • Artists not currently enrolled in an academic program at the time requested residency would take place.
  • Former Headlands’ Artists in Residence (AIR) may not apply within five years of previous Residency
  • All other Alumni of Headlands’ Programs are eligible to apply for the AIR Program at any point

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

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, in-person, phone, or videoconference interview to determine the final award selection

What You Need To Apply

A full application includes the following:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest, outlining your specific interest in working at Headlands and how program participation will affect your practice
  • List of three references and email addresses
  • Documentation of recent work (see specifications below for guidelines according to discipline)
  • $45 processing fee
  • Please note, the application period will open on Tuesday, April 22nd. A link to the Slideroom application will be available on that date.

**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.

Documentation
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)
Submit up to 12 images, or up to 30 minutes of video and/or DVD.
Images must be accompanied by an image list with title, date, size, media, and, where applicable, conceptual intent.

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.

Interdisciplinary Arts
Review other categories to determine what materials you should sub