summer undergraduate residency program
Summer 2013 dates: June 17–August 9
Application deadline: April 1
SFAI’s Summer Undergraduate Residency Program offers a rare opportunity for a graduate-quality experience in preparation for advanced study in the fine arts. Unique for its rigorous critique, individualized support, and engagement with internationally recognized artists, the residency is an eight-week intensive specifically designed for undergraduate students or recent baccalaureate graduates wanting to refine and complete a portfolio.
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 artwork.
- 3 units of advanced undergraduate college credit
- Individual studio space at SFAI’s historic 800 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 and film processing equipment; and editing suites
- Attendance at the Graduate Lecture Series
- Critiques with visiting artists
- Excursions to San Francisco museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces
- Group exhibition at SFAI’s Diego Rivera Gallery
- Access to SFAI’s Summer Institute public programs, including symposia and special events
- Option of enrolling in additional undergraduate courses and tutorials (additional tuition cost)
- Housing available in SFAI’s residence hall (additional fee)
Applicants must submit the following materials online at https://sfaicalls.slideroom.com:
- Residency Application
- Statement of intent/project proposal
- Ten examples of work (digital images)
- Two recommendation letters from faculty members at the applicant’s home institution
- In addition to the online application, applicants must send a college transcript from their current institution to Academic Affairs, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Please note: There is a $15 application fee.
Housing (optional): $260–$350 per week depending on room type and availability
2013 Seminar Leaders
Keith Boadwee, Visiting Faculty in SFAI’s New Genres Department, studied at UCLA in the late 1980s where he worked with Paul McCarthy and Chris Burden, both of whom have been influential on his practice. Boadwee’s works have been included in the Venice Biennale, the New Museum’s Bad Girls exhibition, and PS1’s Into Me/Out of Me.
Sherry Knutson is the Administrative Director, School of Studio Practice at SFAI. She received an MA degree from New Mexico State University and a BFA from San Diego State University. She has exhibited her work at the Branigan Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico and SOMArts, San Francisco.
2013 Visiting Artists and Lecturers
Michael Arcega, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Directly informed by historic events, material significance, and the format of jokes, his work deals with sociopolitical circumstances.
Ron Athey is an artist and writer who explores challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality, trauma, and ecstatic experience. Coming into performance through the Los Angeles punk scene in the early 1980s, he is known for visceral works such as Four Scenes From a Harsh Life (1994) and Self-Obliteration (2007–2011).
Lucy Raven is a writer, editor, and artist whose work explores the relationship between still photography and the moving image. She has exhibited at the Berlinale, Hammer Museum, and Whitney Museum, and is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine.
Leslie Shows uses materials such as aluminum, plexiglass, rust, ink, sand, mylar, and sulfur, in addition to paint and collage, in layered works that address landscape depiction, scale, and the illusionistic and representational capacities of materials. Honors include an SFMOMA SECA Award and Artadia Award.
Marjorie Vecchio, PhD, is an independent curator. From 2006–2012, she was Director of Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno. Her book The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border is forthcoming from IB Tauris, London.