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Application Information

As of July 14, 2011, the SFAI has moved to an online application process using Slideroom.

Electronic applications are not required but are STRONGLY preferred.

Please contact Residency Director, Katie Avery at (505) 424-5050 or if you are unable to apply electronically.

Go to Slideroom and complete the electronic application and upload your materials.

You will be asked to provide:

Artist Statement: A brief description of your work (3,000 characters max).

Residency Proposal: A brief statement that outlines your goals and what you hope to achieve during your residency (3,000 characters max).

A current resume or CV (6,000 characters max).

Short narrative bio (1,000 characters max).

Two letters of recommendation (they are requested directly through the Slideroom app). Recommendations should come from two sources that are familiar with your work; former professors, colleagues, curators, museum directors, editors, publishers, etc.

Work sample (see below):

Visual Artist Support Materials Guidelines

  • 10 digital images
  • Video Artists should submit a 5 minute segment
  • Title, size, and medium of images

Writer Support Materials

Writing Samples:

  • Fiction: 10 pages
  • Non-Fiction: 10 pages
  • Poetry: 10 poems (15 page maximum)
  • Drama: 10 pages of dialogue and 1 page synopsis of play
  • Screenwriting: 10 pages of dialogue and 1 page synopsis of script

Witter Bynner Poetry Translators

No more than 10 published or unpublished poems that best support your skills. No sample should be longer than five pages and excerpts are acceptable. Samples may include original writings. If samples include translations, include original language text and English translations (together, these count as one poem).

All work should be typed, 12-point font size, and double-spaced. Please include a cover sheet with your name, email address and title(s) of the work(s).

$35 (USD) processing fee

Applying as an Emergency Relief Resident (ERR)

Please contact Residency Director, Katie Avery at (505) 424-5050 or, for information on applying as an ERR.

Residency Program Eligibility

  • Artists and writers over 25 years of age are eligible. Residencies are intended as creative opportunities for visual artists and writers in all genres and mediums. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. Mature and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.
  • A rotating panel of arts professionals review applications and supporting materials. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of SFAI.
  • Collaborators may be accepted for a residency; however, both need to submit separate applications along with a joint proposal.
  • Couples who are artists or writers may apply individually with the understanding that one partner may be accepted and the other may not. SFAI is unable to invite spouses or partners to accompany artists in residence under any other circumstances.
  • After two calendar years have lapsed, previous residents may re-apply for another residency by submitting a new application with new work.
  • Pets and children are not allowed at the SFAI Residency Program.