Headlands Center for the Arts



The Affiliate Artist Program is drawing to a close, and the 2020–21 cohort will be its last.


The Affiliate Artists Program is an immersive studio practice program awarded to approximately 20 Bay Area artists, writers, and designers annually. Affiliates receive partially subsidized studio space, public presentation opportunities, one complimentary Mess Hall dinner a week, and discounts on public events. Affiliates are active participants in Headlands’ local, national, and international creative community, which also includes Artists in Residence and Graduate Fellows. All Headlands’ Artist Programs provide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange—and ultimately aim to foster creative breakthroughs and new modes of working and thinking.

Artists selected for this program work primarily in visual arts, film/video, writing, social practices, architecture, and design, though the program is also open to arts professionals working in curation, arts writing, and administration. Studios are primarily located in Fort Barry Building 960, an artist-rehabilitated, former military building with three levels and 20 studios in total.

These benefits and resources promote the program’s goals of:

  • Providing support for Bay Area artists to focus on and develop their individual practice
  • Cultivating a network of like-minded creative practitioners
  • Creating a thriving cultural center for Bay Area artists to participate in a national and international artist community

Application and Award Period

Applications for the Affiliate Artist Program are no longer being accepted.