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October 01, 2012

2013 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship: Call for Applications

SFAI is currently seeking applications for the Fall 2013 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. Established in 1998 by the generosity of the family of Richard Diebenkorn, the fellowship provides an opportunity for artists to both teach at SFAI and have sufficient time and financial support to work in the studio. This year’s Fellowship is open only to Bay Area artists. Artists must apply by the deadline of Friday, November 16, 2012. Please see details below about important dates, application fees, eligibility, and process.


Applications are sought from early to mid-career artists who have an established body of work in the media of painting and drawing. Applicants must reside within the Bay Area. (In alternate years, the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is awarded to U.S. residents, living anywhere outside of the Bay Area.) The review committee will consider the applicant’s experience and its appropriateness to the SFAI curriculum, as well as quality of work and written statements.

Fellowship Award

The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow will receive $25,000 in compensation to teach two courses in the Fall 2013 semester, give a public lecture in the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, and engage with the SFAI community through individual student critiques, academic programs, and activities.

How to Apply

Only electronic submissions will be accepted: https://sfaicalls.slideroom.com

Applications must include a letter of interest and artist statement, 10 images, CV, and two references.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2012

Application Fee: $25

Fellow Announced: Monday, December 17, 2012

Fellowship Dates: August 26 – December 6, 2013

About the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship

The Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of distinguished painter Richard Diebenkorn. In January 1946, Diebenkorn enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute as a student, and in September was awarded the school’s Albert Bender Grant, which allowed him to travel and work independently for a year. Diebenkorn went to New York, and when he returned the following year was offered his first teaching appointment at SFAI. He taught through 1949, and again from 1959 to 1966. The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship was founded to honor his contributions as a teacher and to provide a similar opportunity to contemporary artists.

This prestigious award has been given to fourteen artists since 1998—including Brad Brown, Shaun O’Dell, Iona Rozeal Brown, Josephine Taylor, Taravat Talepasand, and Judie Bamber. Through the semester-long structure of the Fellowship, the residency not only offers each participating artist invaluable time to further their own studio work; it also leaves a deep, lasting impression on SFAI’s students. Fellows have taught a variety of courses—everything from drawing fundamentals to self-portraiture to contemporary painting and culture. See a list of all the past Fellowship recipients here.

Please email academicaffairs@sfai.edu or call 415.749.4594 with questions.