Curatorial Residency


SOMArts Curatorial Residency Program is a unique opportunity for emerging artists and curators to execute their bold vision for our Main Gallery space. The support provided by the Curatorial Residency enables artists to continue their professional development, form new creative partnerships, and engage community residents through programming that serves the mission of SOMArts: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.

Artists and curators 
selected 
for
 the program receive project grants up to $5,000, 
exhibition
 space 
in 
the 
SOMArts 
Main 
Gallery,
 installation, 
technical
 and 
event 
production 
support, 
and 
community
 engagement and public 
relations 
support 
from SOMArts’ experienced staff.
 
Three
 residencies
 are
 awarded
 each
 season 
and
 are
 designed 
to 
support
 emerging
 and 
mid‐career
 artists, 
as
 well
 as
 artists 
exploring 
new
 and
 challenging 
ideas. This 9-month incubator has supported a wide range of artists, curators and cultural communities ranging from Visions into Infinite Archives (Black Salt Collective, 2016), WorkMORE! #6 (Mica Sigourney, 2014) to Mourning & Scars: 20 Years After The War (Roxana Leiva, 2013).

The deadline to submit residency applications for the 2017–18 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency has passed. Please check back in the Fall of 2017 for more information on submitting an application for the 2018–2019 season.

If you submitted an LOI for the 2017–2018 season, you will receive notification of your status by November 11, 2016.

Application Key dates:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by 5pm: Letter of Intent (LOI) due
Thursday, November 11, 2016: Applicants notified of their application status
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by 5pm: Full applications due

2017–2018 SOMArts Curatorial Residency dates:

Residency 1: December 2017–January 2018
Residency 2: January 2018–February 2018
Residency 3: February 2018–March 2018

DOCUMENTATION OF PAST COMMONS CURATORIAL RESIDENCY AWARDED EXHIBITIONS

February 18–March 23, 2016 Timeless Motion

January 14–February 10, 2016 Visions into Infinite Archives

November 19–December 11, 2015 A Place of Her Own

March 24–April 23, 2015 DIS/PLAY Photos

February 12–March 14, 2015 Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture Project Photos 

January 8–February 4, 2015 Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle Photos 

March 29–April 24, 2014 | Work MORE! #6  |  Photos

February 22–March 22, 2014 | Hidden Cities |  Photos

January 14–February 13, 2014 | All Possible Futures |  Photos

April 5–26, 2013 | Dial Collect |   Photos

March 8–29, 2013 | Overturn the Artifice Photos

February 1–28, 2013 | Mourning & Scars: 20 Years After the War | Photos

July 6–28, 2012 | Performing Community | Photos

February 3–29, 2012 | At War  | Photos

November 4–30, 2011 | Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze | Photos

July 1–July 29, 2011 | The Book | Photos

April 8–28, 2011  |  Spread: California Conceptualism Then and Now  |  Photos

March 5–31, 2011 | Breathed…Unsaid… | Photos

February 4–24, 2011 | A Sensory Feast | Photos

November 5–30, 2010 | I Live Here: SF  | Photos

Photo credit: Visions into Infinite Archives, Curated by Black Salt Collective, January 2016. Photo by Dan Fenstermacher.