3rd Street Studios Progam FAQ

The pilot program runs October 1 through the end of August, 2017. SFAI is exploring a program expansion beyond that point that could lead to 200 studios becoming available for the 3rd Street Studios Program starting in September 2017.

All spaces are subsidized and below market rate. Additional awards may be announced at a later date.

Yes. Deferrals will go onto a waitlist and you will be considered as space becomes available.

Residency fees are due on a monthly or semesterly basis.

Accepted artists are expected to actively work in their awarded studio, pay all residency dues, and abide by SFAI policies. We strongly encourage all artists to be active members and positively contribute to the unique atmosphere of the SFAI community and 3rd Street by being open and willing to collaborate.

The program will occupy space adjacent to SFAI’s graduate center. In August of 2017, SFAI’s graduate center will move to Fort Mason, thus providing the potential opportunity to expand the program to 200 studios. In the pilot year, the program will share resources such as the woodshop, darkroom, and other shared facilities, but the 28 studios in the program will have a dedicated entrance and solely occupy a 6,000 square foot “bay.”  

The 3rd Street Studios Program will host two open studios annually. Additional exhibition opportunities will be afforded based on space and schedule availability in the Swell Gallery at 3rd Street and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the Chestnut Street campus.

Approximately 28 — that number may vary depending on how many collaboratives or jointly occupied studios are awarded.

Move in begins October 1; there is opportunity for flexibility.

Of course. Go for it! SFAI doesn’t expect any commision.

Studios are to be used as a workshop to create artwork related to your practice. Studios are not to be used as a living space or storage space. Sleeping bags, futons, fold out couches, mattresses, clothing, and lazy-boy recliners are signs that a studio is being used for living purposes. Sometimes your work requires investing long hours and some overnight work. Due to fatigue you may find that taking a nap at the studio is absolutely necessary. Sleepovers constitute living in your studio and are prohibited.

The Studio Program is open to any artist, working in any medium, who is looking to work in a professional setting. We are looking for a professional environment for artistic practice, that—at its core—aspires to create cooperation, connection, and engagement with process. SFAI-affiliated artists—including alumni, faculty, Public Education students, and staff—are particularly encouraged to apply.

Yes, the program is open to a range of circumstances, but is looking for artists committed to a professional practice.

Yes. Please read through the visa information below. If you have any additional questions, please email us at: publiceducation@sfai.edu.

Please note that the 3rd Street Studios Program does not qualify for certain types of visas and will not issue visas upon admittance to the program. Selected artists based internationally or abroad must be able to relocate to the Bay Area upon acceptance, provide all necessary visa documentation, and should be prepared to secure their own housing in order to participate.

If you plan to enter the United States on a B-type tourist visa, or are currently in the United States on another visa type, you may be authorized to take coursework for personal enrichment.

As the program is noncredit, and for personal enrichment only, it does not fulfill the requirements for I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa. To attend SFAI as an F1 visa holder, you must be formally admitted to a full-time, degree-seeking program.

For complete information, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange.html

Yes, you are welcome to enroll in Public Education courses. Public Education courses are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and tuition is due in full upon registering. For course questions, please contact publiceducation@sfai.edu or call 415.749.4554.

Yes, the program includes critique salons, and open studios events. As part of this pilot program we also want to encourage conversations about activities that would be most beneficial and important to you. Furthermore, SFAI has an extensive public events program that includes exhibitions, lectures, performances, openings, and a student art sale so make sure to check out the Public Programs brochure.

No, the studio will be completely empty and it will be up to you to gather the things that you will need.

See the Facilities + Resources page to learn more about the materials, technology, and facilities provided for the 3rd Street Studios Program.

Yes, there is free wireless internet access throughout the building.

Certain hazardous and/or toxic materials are prohibited to use. SFAI’s priority is to maintain the health and safety of all artists at 3rd Street. Program orientation will outline materials safety practices in detail.

This list does not include every item that is unsafe for the studios but most commonly: resin-based products of any kind, spray cans, aerosols of any kind, propane torches, wax burners, powdered pigments, lead-based paints and products, epoxy-based products of any kind.

Pets are not allowed in 3rd Street. The only animals allowed in the studios are service animals.

Normal wear and tear is expected, such as pinholes, nail holes, and anchors. Altering the structure of your studio is not permitted, such as wall removal, new/additional doorways, etc.