Santa Fe Art Institute

General information

Brief description of organisation

Founded in 1985 by artists for artists, the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate creative leadership, and to invest in community, culture, and place to reimagine a more equitable world.

SFAI hosts international social justice themed residencies and fellowships for diverse artists and creative practitioners; public programs featuring interactions with artists, content experts, and community changemakers; exhibitions; panel discussions; community art actions and projects; and educational outreach for adults and youth.

SFAI is committed to supporting marginalized and underrepresented artists, and creative practices that offer fresh insight and innovative strategies in response to critical local, national, and global issues because SFAI believes in artists and creative practitioners as catalysts for positive social change.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Since 2014, the Santa Fe Art Institute has offered semi-structured interdisciplinary residencies focused on critical social justice themes, including: Truth & Reconciliation (2018-2019), Equal Justice (2017-2018), Water Rights (2016-2017), Immigration/ Emigration (2015-2016), and Food Justice (2014-2015). SFAI is pleased to announce our 2020 theme, Labor.

SFAI welcomes Local, National, and International applicants of all backgrounds. Applicants must be 25 years and older. SFAI accepts applications from Individuals, Collaborations, and Families. Individuals and Collaborations may be in residency from 1 to 3 months. The Family Residency is just 1 month, in July only. Applicants who are not parents / guardians of a child are not eligible for the Family Residency.

Our International Thematic Residency Program is open to all artistic disciplines (e.g., visual arts, writing, performance, new media, etc.) and other creative practices including, but not limited to, curation, design, architecture, and education. We strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and non-traditional creative practices.

SFAI is located in an all-inclusive, 17,000 square foot building designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. SFAI offers to each non-local resident a furnished private room with full bath and linens. Local applicants who live within a one-hour drive of Santa Fe are not given a room on site, but are provided a studio, 24/7 access to the building, and included in all residency programming. To all residents SFAI offers a 10\'x12\' semi-private studio; 24/7 access to the building and use of common workspaces, outdoor work yard, and basic tools; communal kitchen, dining room, lounge, and free laundry facilities; basic breakfast foods and 2 communal meals a month, building-wide wireless internet, and access to interior courtyard, contemporary art library, and bicycles, along with the monthly public event which includes open studios. The overall physical layout of the residency spaces encourages daily interaction and fosters collaboration among residents, while also allowing for privacy and quiet contemplation.

SFAI skylit studios are bathed with natural light and soaring ceilings. Each studio measures roughly 10\'x12\' feet and is equipped with a work table, ergonomic chair, task lamp, and overhead lights. The adjacent common work areas have several 4\'x8\' work tables on casters, a slop sink and, and basic hand tools. SFAI does not have any specialized facilities, but provides a discounted membership to MAKE Santa Fe to all residents.

For Detailed Information about our International Thematic Residency Program, visit:

For Eligibility, Restrictions, and How to Apply, visit:

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • Social Practice

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Grants available

SFAI offers all residencies free of charge and subsidizes the cost of lodging, studio space, utilities, basic breakfast foods and two communal meals a month. All travel, materials, and living expenses are the responsibility of the resident.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Other

Submit digital materials/content for our online Resident Archive within one month of departure.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • A discounted membership to MAKE Santa Fe to all residents for the duration of their residency.
  • Library
  • Kitchen
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

Nearest airport

Santa Fe Municipal Airport

Contact information

Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 Saint Michaels Drive
87505 Santa Fe
United States of America

Phone: 505-424-5050

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