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. The Family Residency is for just one month each year, in July only.
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.
Before applying, please review the detailed information about eligibility, restrictions, and how to apply, on the Thematic Residency Eligibility page.


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 offers residencies free of charge to socially engaged, marginalized, and under-represented artists and creative practitioners from across the globe in all stages of their careers. SFAI is especially committed to supporting artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ+, women, and immigrants. Their annual programmatic theme provides common ground for diverse individuals working in various media and disciplines while honoring their differences in experience and perspective.
Since 2014, SFAI residents have investigated critical themes, including Truth & Reconciliation (2018-2019), Equal Justice (2017-2018), Water Rights (2016-2017), Immigration/ Emigration (2015-2016), Food Justice (2014-2015) and currently, Labor (2020).
Now accepting applications for the 2021 International Thematic Residency: “Revolution,” which includes the Family Residency Month in July. Applications Due April 1, 2020. Throughout the 2021 programmatic theme, Revolution, SFAI will support research, artworks, and creative actions that use artistic imagination to provide sites of resistance, instances of engagement, and solidarity with transformational movements. They seek proposals that aim to revolutionize the status quo and which are bolstered by creative insurrection, utopian imagination, and an expansive agency wherein everyone – across a range of ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, and abilities – has the power to shape reality. They ask applicants to consider how art and creative tactics can:

  • Reimagine the praxis, grammar, and aesthetics of entrenched and failing systems.
  • Radically shift collective perceptions and lived reality to build capacity for self determination for all peoples.
  • Catalyze and support radical and profound social, political, environmental, and cultural change that is sustained, intergenerational, inclusive, and liberatory.

For details about the International Thematic Residency Program, eligibility, restrictions and how to apply, please visit the 2021 REVOLUTION RESIDENCY page.

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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