summer undergraduate residency program
SFAI’s Summer Studio Residency program combines the benefits of a prestigious artist’s residency with the rigor of graduate-level study in the fine arts. Unique for its demanding critique structure, individualized support, and personalized engagement with internationally recognized artists and scholars, the residency is an eight-week intensive specifically designed for undergraduates or recent baccalaureate graduates wishing to advance and refine their work. The location of the program in San Francisco—a vibrant community with world-class museums, a robust emerging artist scene, dynamic food culture, and breathtaking natural resources—offers students an uncommon urban experience.
Students who pursue this residency must have significant studio experience and demonstrate a readiness for graduate-level work through their statement of intent, project proposal, and portfolio.
- 3 units of upper-division undergraduate college credit
- Individual studio space at SFAI’s historic Chestnut Street campus
- Professional and technical development through the Residency Seminar
- Access to SFAI facilities and technical support services, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture studios; darkrooms; digital imaging/film processing equipment; and film/video editing suites
- Attendance at the Graduate Lecture Series (GLS), with one-on-one studio visits from acclaimed series guests and other visiting artists
- Excursions to San Francisco museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces
- Culminating group exhibition at SFAI’s Diego Rivera Gallery
- Access to SFAI’s Summer Institute Public Programs, which include exhibitions, symposia, and special events
- Option of enrolling in additional undergraduate courses and tutorials (additional tuition cost)
- Housing available in SFAI’s residence hall (additional cost)
How to Apply
Applicants must submit the following materials online:
- Residency Application Form
- A statement of intent / Project proposal
- Ten examples of work (digital images)
- Two recommendation letters from faculty members of the applicant’s home institution
Housing (optional): $270–$375 per week depending on room type and availability
2014 Seminar Leader Tim Sullivan is a dedicated educator and multimedia artist working in video, photography, performance and installation. Sullivan has spent the last five years completing a series of works exploring the myths and stereotypes of California as informed by television, film, music, and literature. He has had solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore, Ireland, and Poland, and has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including the California Biennial, Orange Country Museum of Art.