2018 Community Artist-in-Residence Program Application


The Squire Foundation Community Artist-in-Residence program is an interdisciplinary research and production program that aims to support Santa Barbara County-based artists by offering studio space in Santa Barbara.

With studios located onsite of the Squire Foundation’s campus and honorariums for art supplies offered to participating artists, the program’s expanded interdisciplinary residency program furthers The Squire Foundation’s central mission of supporting practicing artists. The artist-in-residence program is a platform for the investigation, experimentation, and development of ideas regarding contemporary artistic creation in Santa Barbara. The program’s objective is to help artists advance their practices in an environment that allows for expansive thinking and working while addressing a need for studio space that is critical to artists and the ongoing cultural vibrancy of Santa Barbara.

Program Details

The residency program offers artists a free private studio and access to art supplies and tools on property. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, film/video, music/sound, choreography, and writing. Artists are invited to use the space as they wish, with no expectation of producing new work. The residency program is not intended to lead to exhibitions or programs, though that possibility is welcome.

Residencies can last anywhere from three to twelve months, depending on the needs of the individual artists. This opportunity for extensive time in the residency program allows for artists-in-residence to develop strong connections with the Foundation, other artists working in the space, and the surrounding community.

In addition to the physical studio space and the art supply resources of the residency, access to The Squire Foundation's  staff and relevant artists, curators, critics, and educators is a distinguishing feature of the program. With residency studios connected to the Executive Director’s home, The Squire Foundation’s Executive Director works closely with artists-in-residence to arrange individual studio visits, facilitate research, liaise with media, develop connections and programs with the surrounding community, and generally provide a supportive and collaborative environment.

The residency is non-residential: no room/board is offered.

Program Expectations

The Squire Foundation's residency program serves artists actively in need of studio space and, as such, selected artists are required to use the studio for a minimum of three days per week. This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of a resultant exhibition at Squire Foundation sponsored galleries or events; however, artists are welcome to propose public programs that generate dialogue about topics related to their interests and practices.


The residency program is open to artists based in Santa Barbara. Ideal candidates show significant promise and dedication to their work and are at a moment in which access to a private studio space and supportive environment will be particularly meaningful to their practice.

Selection Process

Applications for the artist-in-residence program are accepted on a revolving timeline. An application essay answering the question of how the space will benefit your artistic goals with examples of previous work must be received to be considered (see application below). All finalists will be contacted via email to make interview arrangements.

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