18th Street Arts Center’s visiting artist residency program has hosted more than 500 artists from dozens of countries around the world since it first began in 1992. There are dedicated four live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months at a time (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines as well as art curators, writers, and musicians. It includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an open application process. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines.
Funding for each residency is on a case-by-case basis. Many international artists have access to funding through their cultural ministries or other programs, and we work with artists to secure funding or encourage them to apply to cover the costs of the residency through various funding programs. In some cases, we have agreements with cultural ministries and other funders to underwrite artist residencies. Artists may also choose to cover the basic costs of the residency themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center does consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well.
Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US. 18th Street encourages contemporary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment. We provide artists the space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practice. Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making.
18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society, and we believe that the creative process is just as important as the outcome. Through our artist residencies we are a contemporary art hub that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue. 18th Street’s residencies, exhibitions, public events, talks, and publications encourage, showcase and support the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art, and foster collaboration and interaction between artists locally, nationally, and internationally.
We host over 30 visiting artists at 18th Street annually, and have supported the work of over 6,000 artists since our founding. Our campus of five buildings in Santa Monica, on the west side of Los Angeles, is home to a diverse community of artists including established mentor artists and emerging voices.
Our Visiting Artist in Residence Program functions within a larger arts center that includes our formal gallery, other nonprofit arts organizations who offer their own programs (theater/dance/music), and long-term artist studios for local LA-based artists.
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Space for partners, families, pets
- No requirements
- Open Studios