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September 06, 2013

Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship: Call for Applications

SFAI is currently seeking applications for the Fall 2014 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. Established in 1998 by the generosity of the family of painter Richard Diebenkorn—both an alumnus and longtime faculty member of SFAI—the Fellowship provides an opportunity for artists to teach at SFAI and have sufficient time and financial support to work in the studio.

Through its semester-long structure that includes a residency with studio at Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fellowship not only offers each participating artist an invaluable opportunity to further their own studio work, it also leaves a deep, lasting impression on SFAI's students. This year's Fellowship is open only to artists who reside in the United States and outside of the Bay Area. Artists must apply by the deadline of Friday, November 1, 2013. Please see details below about important dates, application fees, eligibility, and process.

Application deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
Electronic submissions only: sfaicalls.slideroom.com

Fellowship dates: August 25–December 5, 2014


Applications are sought from early to mid-career artists who have an established body of work and exemplary exhibition record in the media of painting and drawing. Applicants must reside within the United States and outside of the Bay Area. (In alternate years, the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is awarded to Bay Area residents.) The review committee will consider the applicant's experience and his or her appropriateness to the SFAI mission and curriculum, as well as quality of work and written statements.

Fellowship Award

The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow will receive 25,000 USD in compensation to teach two courses in the Fall 2014 semester, give a public lecture in the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS), and engage with the SFAI community through individual student critiques, academic programs, and activities. Fellows are expected to be in residence full-time during the fellowship, August 25–December 5, 2014.

This prestigious award has been given to fourteen artists since 1998, including Brad Brown, Shaun O'Dell, Iona Rozeal Brown, Josephine Taylor, Monica Majoli, Polly Apfelbaum, and Liam Everett. See a complete list of recipients here.

The Fellow will also receive a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. The residency includes housing, an 800-square-foot studio, five chef-prepared meals each week, and access to shared vehicles. Artists in Residence are encouraged to engage with other residents and participate in the dynamic creative community of the Center.

Headlands Center for the Arts is situated in a rehabilitated military fort in the Golden Gate National Park, 15 minutes outside of San Francisco. The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards residencies to artists from across the globe, working in nearly every artistic discipline. In addition, Headlands presents public programs including artist talks, exhibitions, community dinners, performances, and Open Houses, all toward the goal of facilitating meaningful interaction between artists and the public. More information is available at www.headlands.org.

How to apply

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

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

Application deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013

Application fee: 25 USD

Fellow announced: Monday, December 16, 2013

Fellowship dates: August 25–December 5, 2014

Please email academicaffairs@sfai.edu or call 415.749.4534 with questions.