The Artist in Residence program was established in memory of Morris B. Squire who passed away in early 2014. Morris was dedicated to supporting and investing in young artists and writers in the name of art education and bettering the world around us. The goal of the Artist in Residency at the Foundation is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work.
This is unique opportunity to grow as an artist in a retreat-like atmosphere to share your talents in the name of art education with the Santa Barbara community therefore fulfilling the mission of the Morris Squire Foundation.
Foundation Goals & Expectations:
An artist in residence is to make themselves available to the Santa Barbara community for educational outreach.
While living at the foundation and letting people know they are in town as our artist in residence; while they are lecturing, teaching and creating their own work inspired by the environment of Santa Barbara and their stay at the foundation.
An artist will be available for classroom and student outreach through varied partnerships with the foundation in the community.
An artist will organize a closing event to share with the community the work they have done while in residence be it a visual, performing or literary event- the scale is not important but the sharing is.
An artist will do a follow up report after exiting the residency which describes what they accomplishedduring their stay.
To apply for the residency, an artist is required to fill out the following application:
Once your application is reviewed the Foundation will contact you.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Studio space and living quarters are provided. There is a one month minimum commitment.
- Sponsoring Foundation: The Morris B. Squire Foundation
- Residency Applicants: One artist per visit.
- Residency Dates: One month minimum stay.
- Travel Costs to and from Santa Barbara: Artists/writers can apply for travel costs to be covered by the Foundation and that shall be awarded by financial need as determined by the Foundation. Please include this info in your application letter.
- Local Transportation: There is no public transportation from the residency into Santa Barbara where we're located, so a monthly car rental such as Uber is suggested, or by taxi.
- Description of the housing facility: A suite in a large home with a separate entrance, bathroom, sitting room and private kitchenette. There is access to the entire house which is shared by Foundation staff during the day. There is one other residence in main house that might be occupied but usually isn't. The other private area in main house is the Executive Director’s office off the garage which is not lived in. The staff offices are not in the main residence but in bungalows at the end of the garden.
- Description of the work facility: Varies per medium uses. Inquire for specific needs.
- Laundry Facility: On site.
- Large fully equipped shared kitchen: Also used by Foundation staff potentially during the day at lunch time or if there is an art talk on property.
- Provisions: Linens are provided but most people like to bring their own.
- Wi-Fi: Available throughout the entire property.
- Swimming Pool: Open for use after signing a liability waiver.
- Cleaning Staff: Once a week to clean bathrooms and bedrooms and public spaces. Each resident responsible for keeping the place clean and tidy in consideration of all residents.
- Cooking: Up to the discretion of the residents. There is a small private refrigerator in each unit’s kitchenette and larger group refrigerator in the main kitchen.
- Resident Groundskeeper: There is a groundskeeper who lives on site for maintenance and security down by the staff bungalows.
If you still have questions or would like more information please contact us.