February 8, 2014

IN DEPTH: Summer Studio Residency

San Francisco Art Institute
SFAI’s historic Chestnut Street campus. View of the Zellerbach Quad.

SFAI’s Summer Studio Residency program combines the benefits of a prestigious artist’s residency with the rigor of graduate-level study in the fine arts. Unique for its demanding critique structure, individualized support, and personalized engagement with internationally recognized artists and scholars, the residency is an eight-week intensive specifically designed for undergraduates or recent baccalaureate graduates wishing to advance and refine their work. The location of the program in San Francisco—a vibrant community with world-class museums, a robust emerging artist scene, dynamic food culture, and breathtaking natural resources—offers students an uncommon urban experience.

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 portfolio.

Residency includes:

– Three units of upper-division undergraduate college credit

– Individual studio space at SFAI’s historic Chestnut Street campus

– Professional and conceptual development through the Residency Seminar, a weekly critique and discussion course

– Access to SFAI facilities and technical support services, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture studios; darkrooms; digital imaging/film processing equipment; and film/video editing suites

– Attendance at the Graduate Lecture Series (GLS), with one-on-one studio visits from acclaimed series guests and other visiting artists

– Excursions to San Francisco museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces

– Culminating group exhibition at SFAI’s Diego Rivera Gallery

– Access to SFAI’s Summer Institute Public Programs, which include exhibitions, symposia, and special events

– Option of enrolling in additional undergraduate courses and tutorials (additional tuition cost)

– Housing available in SFAI’s residence hall (additional cost)

How to apply:
Applicants must submit the following materials online:

– Residency application form

– A statement of intent/project proposal

– Ten examples of work (digital images)

– Two recommendation letters from faculty members of the applicant’s home institution

Program cost
Tuition: 5,154 USD
Housing (optional): 270–375 USD per week depending on room type and availability

2014 Seminar Leader
Tim Sullivan is a dedicated educator and multimedia artist working in video, photography, performance and installation. Sullivan has spent the last five years completing a series of works exploring the myths and stereotypes of California as informed by television, film, music, and literature. He has had solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore, Ireland, and Poland, and has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including the California Biennial, Orange Country Museum of Art.

2014 Visiting Artists

Anna Shteynshleyger

Richard T. Walker

Aziz + Cucher

Cheryl Dunye

John DeFazio

About the San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides its students with a rigorous education in the fine arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context.

SFAI strongly believes that a rigorous artistic and intellectual community is enriched by diversity and inclusion. SFAI promotes artistic and intellectual freedom by fostering environments that value our diverse students, faculty, and staff and provide all community members with a respectful and challenging space in which to address divergent opinions and ideas. The full SFAI Diversity Statement can be found at

SFAI offers BFA and BA degrees, MFA (academic year and summer options) and MA degrees, a dual MA/MFA degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and a range of continuing education and public programs. The institution enrolls approximately 680 students in the degree programs and employs 21 full-time tenure/tenure-track faculty, five emeriti faculty, and some 150 part-time faculty. Notable past faculty and alumni include Lance Acord, Ansel Adams, Kathryn Bigelow, Enrique Chagoya, Angela Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Annie Leibovitz, Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, Peter Pau, and Kehinde Wiley.


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