What is the International Artist-in-Residence Program?
Three times a year, Artpace invites a guest curator to choose three artists to live and create art in San Antonio for two months. Each residency cycle includes one international, one national, and one Texas-based artist. Each resident receives a studio space, a $6,000 stipend, up to a $10,000 production budget, and the support of a full-time staff.
What Makes the Artpace Residency Different?
Resident artists are encouraged to push their creative practice that must result in a new exhibition. The work created is exhibited for two months at Artpace and goes on to appear in private and public collections worldwide. All art made during the residency belongs to the artist. The mission of the program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that enable them to experiment with new ideas, take provocative risks, and realize innovative and ambitious new work.
While in residence, the artists are encouraged to share their ideas and become involved with the San Antonio and Texas art communities. Public programs such as the Open Studios and Artists’ Dialogues serve to connect audiences with Artpace resident artists.
What Happens to the Artists’ Work?
Artpace’s physical and online archives provide permanent access to residency documentation and scholarship. The projects also live on in scholarly essays authored by the program’s renowned guest curators, which offer a critical overview of the artwork made and shown at Artpace.
How Are Artists Selected?
Artpace invites internationally-recognized curators to select the resident artists. Unsolicited applications for the International Artist-in-Residence program are not considered.
For Texas-based artists, Artpace hosts an online Texas Open Call. Artist submissions are considered on an annual basis for a statewide shortlist, which guest curators use as a resource in making their Texas-based selection for the International Artist-in-Residence program.
Artpace invites one guest curator to select three artists—one international, one national, and one Texas-based—for each residence. These curators reflect a lively diversity of backgrounds, approaches, and regions, hailing from around the world, from Senegal and Korea to Mexico and Artpace’s home state of Texas. One year before the residency, the guest curator recommends his or her selections for national and international residents and travels to Texas to conduct fieldwork in studios statewide. The guest curator is encouraged to stay connected to the residents throughout the course of the two-month residency. The guest curator returns to San Antonio for the Public Opening Reception at the end of the residency to see the completed work and moderate a public conversation, the Artists’ Dialogue, featuring the residents on the evening of the opening. Guest curators also contribute scholarly essays about the work of each of their chosen residents, which are distributed to university and public libraries, museum archives, and Artpace’s online Archive and Resource Library.
Does Artpace support artists with families?
Yes! Since opening our doors, Artpace has embraced artists and curators that need to bring their families with them to the two-month residency. Several residents have taken advantage of this opportunity and are given a fully furnished studio apartment, access to Artpace’s van, and a generous living stipend in addition to their art production budget. Artpace is anticipating increased demand of parent artists wanting childcare services. Through support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Artpace is able to offer additional support to artists with childcare needs.
For more information about how Artpace supports artists with families, call Artpace at 210.212.4900 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.