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09 Dec 2013

Santa Fe Art Institute Implements Thematic Programing, Food Justice announced as 2014-2015 topic

Food Justice Residency
Santa Fe Art Institute


SFAI provides residencies for creative practitioners from all over the world. Apply at Applications accepted December 5 - January 15, 2014

Nina Elder
(505) 424 - 5050

Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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SFAI Residency Program


Beginning in July of 2014, Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) will implement yearlong thematic programing that will address pertinent questions facing diverse local and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurship incubators and design/build workshops, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the greatest needs of our times.

SFAI conducts a bi-annual, competitive selection process for residencies is primarily based on the applicant's ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the residency season for which they are applying. The selection focuses on the professional experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to sustain productive residency at SFAI. The selection committee is comprised of successful artists, gallery owners, art instructors, writers, and other creative professionals from Santa Fe and the surrounding areas. SFAI supports more than 60 residents per year and offers a cohesive, theme-focused environment and provocative working conditions. Residents are housed in well-appointed rooms with private baths. Those with studio-based practices will be accommodated in large, semi-private studios. The overall physical layout of the residency space encourages daily interaction and fosters communication among residents.

Residency Theme 2014-2015
SFAI is pleased to announce Food Justice as its inaugural theme for residencies and programing. From July 2014 through June 2015, SFAI encourages creative minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice. Together, we will ask how can we use diverse creative practices to confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system? Further, how can we bring together insights from creative fields, environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies to have local, national, and international impact?

Residency Length and Availability
SFAI provides residencies for creative practitioners from all over the world. Applications are received online, on a rolling basis. The length of residencies varies from one month minimum to three continuous months, maximum. Residencies are not available during the months of January and February. Residency and program themes run from July through June.

Application Requirements
All applications must be uploaded at
CV/Resume (up to 6000 words)
Residency Proposal (up to 3000 words)
Statement (up to 3000 words)
Short Narrative Bio
Two Letters of Reference
Visual Artists: 10 still images, or 5 minutes of video
Writers: 10 pages of prose or 10 poems (not to exceed 15 pages total)
SFAI will accept a composite of written and visual materials for creative practices that result in diverse forms of documentation

Residency Fees
Application Fee: $35, non-refundable
Residency Fee: $1,000.00 per month

Residency Application Deadlines
July 5 (to be scheduled for March – July of the following year)
January 15 (to be scheduled for August – December of the following year)

SFAI does not accept residency applications by email, regular mail, or fax.
Apply at

Financial Aid
SFAI offers limited financial aid in the form of need-based scholarships made possible by the generosity of the Brindle Foundation, the McCune Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Application for and allocation of all scholarships will be awarded once the applicant has been accepted into residency. Need-based scholarships are decided at the discretion of the SFAI, based on tax returns and letters of financial necessity. With any further questions please contact the Nina Elder, Residency Program Manager, at