Opportunities for Artists

Ron Squared at COAST, 2017 / Photo by Jason Abraham

Artist Fellowship

Deadline for Submission: 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | Guidelines

Applications are available online at: https://smcad.gosmart.org/.

The purpose of the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship program is to nourish and stimulate the creation of new work by Santa Monica artists, recognize excellence, and reinforce our community’s high regard for creativity and innovation. Five Fellowships are awarded annually: three $4,200 Project Fellowships by application and two fellowships of $20,000 by means of a nomination process.

All applicants must read the program guidelines before applying. Todos los solicitantes deben leer estas pautas del programa antes de presentar una candidatura.

A Spanish language version of the guidelines follows the English version. Note that, due to technical limitations, the Fellowship application itself is available in English only.

Current and past artist fellows


Professional artists who create, rather than interpret, original work, and who either reside in the City or maintain a studio and business license in the city, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have met the residency requirements for at least one year. (Five years for nominated Fellows.)

Artist Residencies

Residency programs promote a diverse variety of artistic endeavors in Santa Monica, provide fresh interpretations of this "city like no other," and open avenues of discourse between artists and Santa Monica communities. Residencies currently take place at the Annenberg Community Beach House and the Camera Obscura Art Lab.

ACBH Fall and Spring Writer Residency

Deadline: July; Closed for 2019-2020 | Guidelines

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH

Applications available: May

Eligible: LA County residents; writers of poetry, plays, and fiction

Length: 9 weeks per residency | Fall is October - December | Spring is January - March

Required: Public Events | Office Hours | Weekly Blog posts

ACBH Public Practice Immersion Residency: Out of the Blue

Deadline: April of same year

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH

Applications available: Biennially (even years) in February

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: 1 - 7 Weeks | July and August

Required: Site Sensitive Public Oriented Work | Public Practice | Weekly Blog posts

ACBH Choreographer Residency

Deadline: March of same year

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH

Applications available: Biennially (odd years) in January

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: 3 months onsite planning and 5+ weeks rehearsal/perfomance in September and October

Required: Site Sensitive Public Oriented Work | Public Practice | Blog Posts

Camera Obscura Art Lab Studio Residency

Deadline: SeptemberClosed for 2020 | Guidelines

Where: Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave.

Applications available: August

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: 14 Weeks in January, April, August

Required: Weekly Workshops | Blog Posts | Culminating Exhibit/Performance

Performance Opportunities

Jazz on the Lawn

Deadline: Rolling, Closing Mid-April Annually 

Where: Gandara Park, 1819 Stewart St.

To apply: Email name of band, brief 3-5 word genre description (ex. Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz), 2-3 sentences description of band (including the number of musicians and style of music), website link, link to an online video to:  Allison Ostrovsky, Cultural Affairs Supervisor. Notifications will be sent by June 1. 

Eligibility: Professional Jazz and Jazz-Related Bands Based in Southern California

Length: Single Performance During Event Series. Events Are Every Sunday in August 5pm-7pm

ACBH Gallery Group Exhibits

Deadline: SeptemberClosed for 2020 | Guidelines

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH

Applications Will Be Available: August

Eligibility: Greater Southern California Residents 

Length: Exhibits on Display for 2-4 Months

Required: 3 or More Artists Per Show | Artwork Ready to Hang | Curatorial Statement 

Artist Roster | Rolling Call for Qualifications

Deadline: Reviewed annually | Application 

Applications: The next deadline for applications is TBA

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs invites local, regional, national and international artists/teams to submit qualifications to be included in a prequalified list of artists. The Artist Roster is a curated shortlist of visual and social practice artists who may be connected to projects in Santa Monica led by City departments and private entities. Potential projects include murals, infrastructure art, social practice projects and other public art opportunities.