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

Lodging and studio, breakfast foods, and membership to use the facilities at MAKE Santa Fe.

Paid by artist 

$150 refundable security deposit. All materials, equipment, travel and other expenses are residents' responsibilities.

Application guidelines 

$35 application fee. Applications accepted only online through the SlideRoom portal. Application materials include: a 250-word bio, a 2-page CV, project proposal (applicants can initiate, continue, and/or complete creative work that expands and enriches their professional practice and engages the annual theme), 2 letters of reference (from authorities in your field familiar with you and your work) and documentation of work (up to 10 media submissions - including any combination of still images, video, sound, and writing - that demonstrate the the quality of your work and potential of your practice while in residence at SFAI).



Applications for Truth & Reconciliation due February 15, 2018

Santa Fe Art Institute

Santa Fe Art Institute


The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a hub for creative engagement and social change. At SFAI, they are artists, innovative thinkers and engaged citizens. They cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world. They fulfill their mission through the artist residency and fellowship programs, workshops and trainings, community projects, and events. Much of their programming relates to an annual theme, which is focused on relevant social issues such as Equal Justice, Water Rights, and Immigration / Emigration.

SFAI sponsors more than 80 residencies and fellowships per year for creative practitioners from all over the world, and offers visionary, social justice theme-focused programming that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities in an effort to promote positive social change. They recognize that complex problems require interdisciplinary solutions and believe in the role creativity plays in public education and social innovation. The theme and the basic questions they pose around it are intended to be catalysts for critical thinking and provide a structure around which the diverse peoples and disciplines involved in the residency can foster mutual understanding, have synergistic conversations, and potentially collaborate on a common goal.

SFAI offers a semi-structured residency program so that residents can initiate, continue, and/or complete creative work that expands and enriches their professional practice and addresses the annual residency theme. They provide a level of access to and support from staff and community partners, and nurture critical engagement with the annual theme. However, residents are expected to be largely self-directed.

From September 2018 through August 2019, SFAI is asking artists, content experts, and cultural leaders to explore how uncovering and acknowledging the truth can be used as a means of reconciliation. They seek creative projects, conversations, and processes by which the investigation of truth and steps toward meaningful reconciliation can occur. SFAI believes that the process of truth-seeking and reconciliation are deeply creative acts that can bring people together, heal divisions, and build a better world.


SFAI requires that all residents submit digital materials/content for their online Resident Archive and annual thematic residency publication. Aside from this and a few required orientation activities, residents are free to spend their time at SFAI as they see fit, be it making in their studios, quietly contemplating in their rooms, reading in the library, self-organizing studio visits or discussion groups with their fellow residents, out in the field exploring New Mexico while researching and/or gathering materials, interfacing with the diverse community, visiting local museums, or attending one of the many cultural events unique to Santa Fe.

Project proposals give structure to a resident’s time at SFAI; a focused way in which to engage the annual theme and facilitate community engagement with established partners. However, SFAI realizes that the creative process is not linear and is often influenced by the resident’s experiences with the people and places of northern New Mexico once here, as well as their conversations with their cohort and SFAI staff around the residency theme. Therefore, they do not require a finished project, nor do they expect that residents follow their project proposals exactly as they were outlined in their application.

Accommodation Information 

The residency program is housed in a distinctive, all-inclusive 17,000 square foot facility designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. National and International residents live on-site in a furnished private room with full bath and linens, and an exterior patio. All residents share a kitchen, dining room, lounge, laundry facilities, and contemporary art library, and there is wireless internet throughout the building. The overall physical layout of the residency spaces encourages daily interaction and fosters collaboration among residents.

Studio Information 

Each resident is provided a semi-private studio along with access to indoor and outdoor communal work areas, basic tools, access to a gallery/installation/event space, and a collaborative research space that serves as the annual thematic headquarters and archive.

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.


Santa Fe was the first city in the US to be designated as a member of the creative-cities network by UNESCO. SFAI residents have unprecedented access to some of the most diverse arts and cultural activities in the US. Widely known for a thriving gallery scene, virtually every weekend of the year residents can attend museum or gallery openings showcasing Santa Fe's considerable support for the traditional arts and visionary contemporary art. Santa Fe also provides a unique geography, with hikes, hot springs and a wealth of natural offerings for residents

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

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