Headlands Center for the Arts

Our Impact

It’s really quite impossible to anticipate the levels to or at which one’s practice oscillates here: from mania to stillness, from steady consumption of previously existing resources to the facilitation and pursuit of new themes and fascinations. And all of this doesn’t even acknowledge the most important pairing: the impact of retreat and community. —Kristi McGuire (AIR ’13)

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, 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; and have been nominees and finalists for Academy Awards and the Turner Prize.

Since our founding in 1982, Headlands has supported more than 1,400 artists. The risk-taking and innovation that these individuals began during their time at Headlands has led to groundbreaking work that fills museums, galleries, theaters, bookshelves, and public spaces around the world.