Think Tank


Artist Residency in the U.S.

18 street Arts 

Santa Monica, California
Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making.

Overview 18th Street Arts Center’s visiting artist residency program has hosted more than 500 artists from dozens of countries around the world since it first began in 1992. There are four live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months at a time (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines as well as art curators, writers, and musicians. It includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an open application process. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. 

Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center will consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well.

Application Requirements 
Application Materials:
1) Letter of interest
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Work samples (digital files, pdfs, and website links are appropriate)
4) Statement about funding support (one paragraph, identifying any funding bodies that artist is approaching to support the residency, or statement of fiscal responsibility by the artist)
5) Additional materials may also be considered including an artist statement, press materials, letters of recommendation, and pdfs of catalogs or publications.

Facilities and Grants
Each resident artist is provided with a fully furnished live/work studio apartment at our center, with cable TV, wifi, bikes, kitchen, and private bath. Each studio is differently configured, and spacious enough to hold events such as presentations of artwork and open studios. Residents are given access to office, computer, and audio/visual equipment as needed, as well as meeting space. Many spaces can comfortably accommodate families and/or collaborators. Artists are prominently represented on our website and event postings and in our annual print catalogue.

Application Deadlines
Generally, the studios are booked 1 year to 18 months in advance of an artist’s arrival. However, opportunities may arise within a period of months if there is a sudden vacancy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly.