Artist Residencies

Bay Area Artist Residencies

The Bay Area is home to a variety of residencies from the city dump to wineries and everything in-between.

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Kala Art Institute
Kala Art Institute provides space and equipment to artists working in and across the fields of printmaking, photography, performance, installation and media arts through our Artist-In-Residence (AIR) and Fellowship programs. Artists accepted into our residency programs receive access to Kala’s facilities, which include the Print Studio, an 8,000 square foot printmaking facility, and the Electronic Media Center, digital media lab. Through a wide array of equipment resources, communal space, a dynamic artist community, a 2,200 light-filled square foot gallery, print and media study center, and exhibition opportunities, Kala offers artists a unique and supportive environment to experiment and make new work.


Chalk Hill Artist Residency
Chalk Hill Artist Residency is a place that encourages high-quality, creative output in all media for abled and disabled artists alike. Using a wondrous natural setting in Northern California as the catalyst for exchange and interaction between artists and the cultural community, Chalk Hill creates synergies that expand artistic horizons and opportunities.


The Chetwood is an artist residency program in Oakland, CA which provides a physical space and opportunity for visiting artists to create lasting community with Bay Area artists. In an increasingly connected world, it is vital for artists in the Bay Area and beyond to forge and keep lasting connections which help develop individual arts practices and create supportive peer networks outside typical art-making structures. The Chetwood aims to be a Bay Area home to where artists can return.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Art Center
Creative Ecology is an innovative art and science residency program that promotes learning about and appreciation of the natural world through the creative process, engaging artists, art and science educators, and the larger community. A collaboration between the Palo Alto Art Center and the Junior Museum & Zoo, the program intends to showcase the similarities between artists and scientists and demonstrate how both use similar tools to experiment and learn about the world around them.

San Francisco

Recology Artist in Residence Program
Recology believes that art plays a unique role in educating and inspiring the public. By supporting artists who create work from materials that have been thrown away, the Recology Artist in Residence (AIR) Programs encourage us to see discarded materials in a new light and reflect on our own consumption practices.

SOMArts – Commons Curatorial Residency Program
SOMArts Curatorial Residency Program is a unique opportunity for emerging artists and curators to execute their bold vision for our Main Gallery space. The support provided by the Curatorial Residency enables artists to continue their professional development, form new creative partnerships, and engage community residents through programming that serves the mission of SOMArts: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.

San Jose

Art Ark
The Gallery offers two residencies for artists from mid-December to mid-February (Winter), and mid-June to mid-August (Summer). This two month residency culminates in a solo exhibition at Art Ark Gallery.

Museum of Quilts and Textiles 
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ Artist in Residence program began in October 2016 with an incredible response from the local community, Museum Members, and Visitors.  We host an artist or collaborative group every three months. Artists have an onsite open studio during their three month residency in our newly renovated Maker Space. Our AIR program also provides exhibition space for each artist in our Maker Space Gallery. Bay Area, fiber artists are welcome to apply for the AIR program.


Montalvo Arts Center
The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) is designed to offer artists from a range of disciplines an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice. Seeking to stimulate an energetic exchange of ideas between culturally diverse Fellows and across varied artistic fields and scholarly disciplines, the residency has earned international recognition as a model of curatorial practice supporting the development of new and challenging contemporary work.


Headlands Center for the Arts
The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 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.


Djerassi Resident Artists Program
The mission of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program is to support and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and to preserve the land on which the Program is situated.

Residency Finder

Use these sites to find artist residencies all over the world.

The Alliance of Artists Communities
Your one-stop guide to residencies for visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars, filmmakers, community artists, architects, and more – around the world and in your backyard. Hundreds of residencies, endless possibilities!

Arts in the parks – National parks residences
More than 50 residency programs across the country.

Res Artis
Worldwide Residency Search. We are a network of over 600 centers, organizations, and individuals in over 70 countries.

Residency Unlimited
RU Opportunities is a free online listing service delivering up-to-date information about artist residencies worldwide.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
A listing of organizations that make their residency programs more accessible to parent artists.

Worldwide Residency Search. is your platform for artist-in-residence information, resources and knowledge