Headlands Center for the Arts Residency: (Due. June 7)


The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 50 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends. 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.


Fully sponsored 4- to 10-week residencies with monthly stipend of $500

  • Paid roundtrip airfare

  • 100- to 2000-sq.-foot studios

  • Private bedroom in shared house

  • A maximum four week stay for families in the Family House (by request only and subject to availability)

  • Five chef-prepared meals per week

  • Access to vehicles on-site

  • Facilities access: Basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; artists’ library with computer, 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

A full application includes the following:
Please note that all applications and work samples must be submitted in or translated to English

  • Resume or curriculum vitae

  • Letter of interest, outlining your specific interest in working at Headlands and how program participation will affect your practice

  • The names and email addresses of three personal or professional references; please note, we do not want letters of reference.

  • Documentation of recent work (see specifications below for guidelines according to discipline)

  • $45 processing fee

  • Please note, the application period will open on Monday, April 1. 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.

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)
Applicants may submit up to 12 work samples, which can be a combination of images, video, or audio files (maximum of 30 minutes of video and audio).
Submission of an image list with title, date, size, media, and, where applicable, conceptual intent, is optional.

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.


Jamie Earnest