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September 21, 2018

Call for applications: Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship

San Francisco Art Institute

Katharine Kuharic, Four Lads—diptych, 2012. Watercolor and pencil on paper; 80 x 60 inches (2 pieces at 60 x 40 inches). Courtesy of P.P.O.W. Gallery.

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is currently seeking applications for the fall 2019 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. Established in 1998 by the generosity of the family of painter Richard Diebenkorn—both an alumnus and longtime faculty member of SFAI—the semester-long fellowship provides an opportunity for artists to teach at SFAI and have sufficient time and financial support to pursue their own practice. Through its semester-long structure, the Fellowship not only offers each participating artist an invaluable opportunity to further their own practice, it also leaves a deep, lasting impression on SFAI’s students. This prestigious award has been given to 20 artists since 1998, including Brad Brown, Shaun O’Dell, Iona Rozeal Brown, Josephine Taylor, Monica Majoli, Polly Apfelbaum, and Liam Everett. See a complete list of recipients here.

This year’s fellowship is open only to artists who reside in the Bay Area.

Artists must apply by the deadline of Monday, October 15, 2018. Please see details below about important dates, application fees, eligibility, and process.

Eligibility
Applications are sought from early to mid-career artists who have an established body of work and exemplary exhibition record in the media of painting and drawing. Applicants must reside within the Bay Area. (In alternate years, the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is awarded to artists outside the Bay Area.) The review committee will consider the applicant’s experience and appropriateness to the SFAI mission and curriculum, as well as the quality of their work and written statements.

Fellowship award
The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow will receive 25,000 USD in compensation to teach two courses in the fall 2019 semester, give a public lecture in the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS), and engage with the SFAI community through individual student critiques, academic programs, and activities.

How to apply
Only electronic submissions will be accepted: sfaicalls.slideroom.com. Applications must include a letter of interest and artist statement, ten images, CV, and contact information for three references.

Application fee: 25 USD
Fellow announced: Monday, December 7

About the San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), founded in 1871, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the 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 offers BFA, BA, MFA, and MA degrees, a dual MA/MFA degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and a range of exhibitions, public programs, and public education courses. 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, Manuel Neri, Catherine Opie, Peter Pau, Laura Poitras, Clyfford Still, and Kehinde Wiley.

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