Varies: one month minimum - three months maximum
Paid by host 

SFAI offers all residencies free of charge and subsidizes the cost of lodging, studio space, utilities, basic breakfast foods and two communal meals a month.

Paid by artist 

SFAI requires a $150 refundable security deposit upon acceptance. All travel, materials, and living expenses are the responsibility of the resident.

Application guidelines 

SFAI accepts applications once annually, only through the online SlideRoom portal, and require a $35 application fee.

SFAI welcomes Local, National, and International applicants of all backgrounds. Applicants must be 25 years and older. SFAI accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families. Applicants who are not parents / guardians of a child are not eligible for the Family Residency in July. For Eligibility, Restrictions, and How to Apply, please visit their website.  You can find more detailed information about the International Thematic Residency Program here.


Santa Fe Art Institute

Santa Fe Art Institute


Founded in 1985 by artists for artists, The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate creative leadership, and to invest in community, culture, and place to reimagine a more equitable world. SFAI hosts international social justice themed residencies and fellowships for diverse artists and creative practitioners; public programs featuring interactions with artists, content experts, and community changemakers; exhibitions; panel discussions; community art actions and projects; and educational outreach for adults and youth. SFAI is committed to supporting marginalized and underrepresented artists, and creative practices that offer fresh insight and innovative strategies in response to critical local, national, and global issues because SFAI believes in artists and creative practitioners as catalysts for positive social change.

The International Thematic Residency Program is open to all artistic disciplines (e.g., visual arts, writing, performance, new media, etc.) and other creative practices including, but not limited to, curation, design, architecture, and education. They strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices to apply. In the last five years, SFAI residents have investigated five critical themes, including Truth & Reconciliation (2018-2019), Equal Justice (2017-2018), Water Rights (2016-2017), Immigration/ Emigration (2015-2016), and Food Justice (2014-2015).

SFAI is pleased to announce the 2020 theme, Labor: they are now accepting applications for the 2020 International Residency Program, which includes the Family Residency. Individuals and Collaborations may be in residency from 1 to 3 months. The Family Residency is just 1 month, in July only.

Through the open call for applications, SFAI seeks artworks, creative research, and innovative actions that consider what vitality, prosperity, and sustainability might look like beyond profit to envision new systems for “making a living” that elevate all of humanity and infuse our world with freedom, compassion, and harmony; and that reflect the profoundly generative acts of labor.

Guiding Questions for the 2020 Theme, Labor:

  • How can art and creative action conscientiously expand public discourse around the intersections of gender, race, and class with the economic and political dynamics of labor?
  • How might artists’ enduring relationship to emotional, intellectual, and immaterial labor improve the recognition and valuation of invisible or marginalized forms of social and cultural production?
  • How can we creatively envision and enact bold new models of labor, distinct from dominant global reliance on wages, commodities, and privatized production, and which instead embrace radically humane, inclusive, and collaborative efforts.

SFAI requires that all residents submit digital materials to our online Alumni Archive within 30 days of the conclusion of their residency.

Accommodation Information 

SFAI's residency program is housed in an all-inclusive, 17,000 square foot building designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. SFAI offers to each non-local resident a furnished private room with full bath and linens. Local applicants who live within a one-hour drive of Santa Fe are not given a room on site, but are provided a studio, 24/7 access to the building, and included in all residency programming. To all residents SFAI offers a 10'x12' semi-private studio; 24-7 access to the building and use of common workspaces, outdoor work yard, and basic tools; communal kitchen, dining room, lounge, and free laundry facilities; basic breakfast foods and 2 communal meals a month, building-wide wireless internet, and access to interior courtyard, contemporary art library, and bicycles, along with the monthly public event which includes open studios.

Studio Information 

SFAI skylit studios are bathed with natural light and soaring ceilings. Each studio measures roughly 10'x12' feet and is equipped with a work table, ergonomic chair, task lamp, and overhead lights. The adjacent common work areas have several 4'x8' work tables on casters, a slop sink and, and basic hand tools. SFAI does not have any specialized facilities, but provides a discounted membership to MAKE Santa Fe to all residents.

Technical Information 

SFAI's facilities include gallery/exhibition spaces, sky lit studios, a growing contemporary art library, courtyards, laundry facilities, communal kitchen, and dining and living room areas.


SFAI is located in the urban center of Santa Fe, New Mexico on the Midtown Campus, which is a mixed-use neighborhood, comprised of light industrial, commercial, and residential spaces. SFAI is about 3 miles south of the historic downtown plaza, 1 mile east of the Santa Fe River, and 5 miles west of the Santa Fe National Forest and foothills of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While Albuquerque, roughly an hour to the south, is a larger metropolitan area that is home base of the University of New Mexico, Santa Fe is the state capitol and the seat of government in New Mexico.

PO Box 24044
Santa Fe, NM 87502
United States
505 - 424 5050

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