SFAI’s Summer Undergraduate Residency Program offers a rare opportunity for a graduate-quality experience in preparation for advanced study in the fine arts. Unique for its rigorous critique, individualized support, and engagement with internationally recognized artists, the residency is an eight-week intensive specifically designed for undergraduate students or recent baccalaureate graduates wanting to refine and complete a portfolio.
Students who pursue this residency must have significant studio experience and demonstrate a readiness for graduate-level work through their statement of intent, project proposal, and artwork.
• 3 units of advanced undergraduate college credit
• Individual studio space at SFAI’s historic 800 Chestnut Street campus
• Professional and technical development through the Residency Seminar
• Access to SFAI facilities and technical support services, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture studios; darkrooms; digital imaging and film processing equipment; and editing suites
• Attendance at the Graduate Lecture Series
• Critiques with visiting artists
• Excursions to San Francisco museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces
• Group exhibition at SFAI’s Diego Rivera Gallery
• Access to SFAI’s Summer Institute public programs, including symposia and special events
• Option of enrolling in additional undergraduate courses and tutorials (additional tuition cost)
• Housing available in SFAI’s residence hall (additional fee)
How to apply
Applicants must submit the following materials online at sfaicalls.slideroom.com:
• Residency Application
• Statement of intent/project proposal
• Ten examples of work (digital images)
• Two recommendation letters from faculty members at the applicant’s home institution
Tuition: 4,932 USD
Housing (optional): 260–350 USD per week depending on room type and availability
2013 Seminar leaders
Keith Boadwee, Visiting Faculty in SFAI’s New Genres Department, studied at UCLA in the late 1980s, where he worked with Paul McCarthy and Chris Burden, both of whom have been influential on his practice. Boadwee’s works have been included in the Venice Biennale, the New Museum’s Bad Girls exhibition, and PS1′s Into Me/Out of Me.
Sherry Knutson is the Director of the School of Studio Practice at SFAI. She received an MA degree from New Mexico State University and a BFA from San Diego State University. She has exhibited her work at the Branigan Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and SOMArts, San Francisco.
2013 visiting artists and lecturers
Michael Arcega, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Directly informed by historic events, material significance, and the format of jokes, his work deals with sociopolitical circumstances where power relations are unbalanced.
Ron Athey is an artist and writer who came into performance through the Los Angeles punk scene in the early 1980s, and continues to explores challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality, trauma, and ecstatic experience.
Lucy Raven is a writer, editor, and artist whose work explores the relationship between still photography and the moving image. She has exhibited at the Berlinale, Hammer Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine.
Leslie Shows uses materials such as aluminum, plexiglass, rust, ink, sand, mylar, sulfur, paint, and collage in layered works that address landscape depiction, scale, and the illusionistic and representational capacities of materials. Honors include an SFMOMA SECA Award and an Artadia Award.
Marjorie Vecchio, PhD, is an independent curator. From 2006 to 2012 she was Director of Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno. Her book The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border is forthcoming from IB Tauris, London.
About the San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), a nonprofit art institution, is a vital convening place for arts communities and an international leader in fine arts education. A small school with global impact—notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Catherine Opie, Lance Acord, Barry McGee, and Kehinde Wiley—SFAI enrolls approximately 650 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and offers a wide range of continuing education courses and public programs.