Opportunities for Artists

Two artists painting a canvas on the ground, surrounded by colorful bottles of paint
Ron Squared at COAST, 2017 / Photo by Jason Abraham

Imagine what can happen when the right artist meets the right opportunity.

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs welcomes and cultivates artists through fellowships and residencies for individual artists.

Artist Fellowship

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.

Guidelines
Santa Monica Artist Fellowships 2020-21 Guidelines
Applications Will Be Available
To be announced
Application Deadline
Annually in January
Applications are now closed for 2020-2021
Past Fellows
Artist fellows from 2010 to present
Eligibility
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.)

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.

Applications

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

Where
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH
Guidelines
Call for Artists: Writer Residencies, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
Applications Will Be Available
Annually in May
Application Deadline
Annually in July
Applications are now closed for 2019-2020
Past Fellows
Artist fellows from 2010 to present
Eligibility
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

Where
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH
Applications Will Be Available
Biennially (even years) in February
Application Deadline
Biennially (even years) in April
Eligibility
LA County residents
Length
1 - 7 Weeks
July and August
Required
Site Sensitive Public Oriented Work
Public Practice
Weekly Blog Posts

ACBH Choreographer Residency

Where
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH
Applications Will Be Available
Biennially (even years) in January
Application Deadline
Biennially (even years) in March
Eligibility
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

Where
Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave.
Guidelines
Call for Proposals: Camera Obscura Studio Residencies
Applications Will Be Available
Anually in August
Application Deadline
Anually in September
(Applications are now closed for the January, April and August 2020 residiencies)
Eligibility
LA County Residents
Length
14 Weeks in January, April, August
Required
Weekly Workshops
Blog Posts
Culminating Exhibit/Performance

Performance Opportunities

Jazz on the Lawn

Where
Gandara Park, 1819 Stewart St.
Application Deadline
Annually in April
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

Where
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH
Guidelines
2020 Call for Group Exhibitions at Annenberg Community Beach House
Applications Will Be Available
Annually in August
Deadline
Annually in September
Applications are now closed for 2020
Eligible
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

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.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed annually.

The next deadline is TBA (to be announced)…

Applications