1 to 3 months
Paid by host:

18th Street Arts Center works with a variety of national and international partners to fund invited visiting artists. These include private foundations supporting the arts, as well as government entities such as foreign consulates, national and state organizations. Travel costs and stipends for invited artists are provided by the foundation or government agency funding their residency.

Paid by artist:

Visiting artists selected on the basis of applications are self-funded, often through direct grants made to artists by government or non-profit funders they have approached. If funding is not identified through partner organizations, artists may also pay the basic costs of the residency themselves.

Application guidelines:

To apply for the visiting artist residency program, please submit the following materials via email to [email protected].

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Work samples (digital files, pdfs, and website links are appropriate)
  4. Statement about funding support (one paragraph, identifying any funding bodies that artist is approaching to support the residency, or statement of fiscal responsibility by the artist)
  5. Additional materials may also be considered including an artist statement, press materials, letters of recommendation, and pdfs of catalogs or publications.
Ongoing (apply 12 to 18 months in advance)

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18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center


18th Street Arts Center is an artist residency program in Southern California, with mission to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making. 18th Street encourages contemporary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment. They provide artists with space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practices, where the creative process is just as important as the outcome.

Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging and diverse artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe. 18th Street provides a hub for contemporary art through two program areas that reflect its mission: 1) A three-tiered Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue and 2) A Public Events and Exhibition Program that focuses on engaging the public and revealing the art-making process through exhibitions, events, talks, publications and other opportunities.

Their residency program has three strategies to support artists:

  • short-term residencies, for national and international visiting artists and curators - there are four live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months at a time (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines as well as art curators, writers, and musicians. It includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an application process.
  • long-term residencies - encompasses two types of residents including individual artists and art organizations. These “anchor tenants” help to define the character and scope of the organization through programmatic partnerships and community-building. Many of these residents have been with the organization since it was founded in 1988. This program is by invitation only.
  • mid-term residencies of 3 years to advance California artists’ careers - open to local artists who wish to rent either live/work or day studios at the center for terms of 1-3 years. These studios are subsidized in part by 18th Street Arts Center, in an effort to provide artists with affordable rental properties within Santa Monica. The program is open to artists of all disciplines, as well as small, artist-run initiatives. Participants are selected through an application process on the basis of availability.


Studio Information

Each studio is differently configured, and spacious enough to hold events such as presentations of art work and open studios.


Accommodation Information

Each resident artist is provided with a fully furnished live/work studio apartment at our center, with cable TV, wifi, bikes, kitchen, and private bath.

Technical Information

Residents are given access to office, computer, and audio/visual equipment as needed, as well as meeting space.

Contact information

1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States

office [at]