Applications Open for 2017–18 Artists Programs at Headlands Center for the Arts


Applications open for 2017–18 Artists Programs

Residency + studio opportunities for artists worldwide & working across all disciplines

Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center located in the Marin Headlands (Sausalito, California), and is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. HeadlandsArtists Programs provide opportunities for research, experimentation, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange for artists working across disciplines at critical times in their careers. Unique among programs for artists, Headlands‘ dynamic residency program provides meaningful resources—time, space, community, and financial support—to artists who are working on the cutting-edge of their field to catalyze new modes of thought, work, and discourse. By bringing together artists from a wide range of disciplines, their programs emphasize a balance in developing an individual practice, a valuable exchange with other artists and visitors, and a meaningful engagement with place.


Clockwise from upper left: Aki Onda (AIR ’16), Angela Willetts (Grad Fellow ’16–’17), Headlands Center for the Arts, Cybele Lyle (AIR ’16) Project Space, Lucy Ives (AIR ’16), and Headlands’ landscape. All photos: Andria Lo.

Artist in Residence
Fully sponsored residencies for local, national, and international artists in all disciplines
Application period: April 3–June 2, 2017
Program: March–November 2018

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 50 local, national, and international artists each year. AIRs are at all stages in their careers and work in a diverse array of fields and media, including: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, dance, sound and music, film, video, new media, writing, architecture, interdisciplinary arts, and social practice. Residencies of four to ten weeks include private studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends.

Included in the AIR program are discipline-specific awards with fully sponsored residencies and cash prizes:

The Chamberlain Award supports artists working in the discipline of social practice, and whose creative practice implements non-traditional media in order to contribute to conversations about society and the manifestation of change for individual lives and communities.

The Chiaro Award recognizes an accomplished, mid-career painter residing in the United States, and fosters their ability to continue to produce exceptional and exemplary work in the medium of painting.

Presented in partnership with Pier 24 Photography, California College of the Arts (CCA), and SFMOMA, the Larry Sultan Photography Award recognizes one exceptional artist in the medium each year in honor of the unique vision of American photographer Larry Sultan.

The San Francisco Art Institute and Headlands partner to offer the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, a fully sponsored residency and teaching fellowship for a non-regional artist. Through its semester-long structure, the Fellowship provides awardees an invaluable opportunity to further their own studio practice, while enriching dialogue among students, professional artists, and other community members.

Tournesol Award
Residency and cash prize for Bay Area painters within five years of receiving an MFA (graduation years of 2012–17 are eligible)
Application period: March 23–May 5, 2017
Program: July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018

The Tournesol Award recognizes one Bay Area painter each year, and supports them in taking major steps toward establishing and maintaining a career in the Bay Area. The Award is designed to support a full year of artistic work and development, and includes a 10,000 USD cash stipend, an 800 square-foot private studio, and a funded final exhibition or project of the artist’s choice.

Affiliate Program
Studio program for Bay Area artists
Application period: February 20–March 21, 2017
Program: July 1, 2017–June 15, 2018

The Affiliate 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, complimentary and discounted Mess Hall meals and Public Events, and are active participants in Headlands‘ local, national, and international creative community.

Find application and program details at


Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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