Curatorial Residency Program

The displacement of Bay Area artists and loss of non-profit arts spaces contributes to an increasingly homogenous and culturally inequitable arts landscape. Artists and community-based organizations contribute to the resilience of communities by creating space for people to come together, share their stories, celebrate beauty, mourn community losses, and transform their thinking. SOMArts provides a platform for artists’ intersectional identities through the Curatorial Residency program — A unique opportunity for emerging curators and artists to gain mentorship and support to execute a large-scale exhibition in our 31,000 square foot gallery. Prioritizing the voices of underrepresented artists, three residencies are awarded each season through an open call process. The residency is designed to offer emerging and mid-career artists and curators tools to further their curatorial practice and explore timely social issues.

Artists and curators 
selected 
for
 the program receive project grants up to $6,000, 
exhibition
 space 
in 
the 
SOMArts 
Main 
Gallery,
 installation, 
technical
 and 
event 
production 
support, 
and 
community
 engagement and public 
relations 
support 
from SOMArts’ experienced staff.
 This 9-month incubator has supported a wide range of artists, curators and cultural communities ranging from The Third Muslim (curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed, 2018), Visions into Infinite Archives (curated by Black Salt Collective, 2016), WorkMORE! #6 (curated by Mica Sigourney, 2014) to Mourning & Scars: 20 Years After The War (curated by Roxana Leiva, 2013).

Applications for the 2020–2021 Curatorial Residency are now open! Click here to learn more.


2019–2020 CURATORIAL RESIDENTS

Future Relations: A Resource for Radical Teaching presents F.T.P. 
Curated by Fred Alvarado, Thomas Jones, and David Petrelli
Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 6-9pm
Exhibition Run: Saturday, November 16–Sat, December 21, 2019

Recoding CripTech
Curated by Vanessa Chang and Lindsey Dolich Felt
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6–9pm
Exhibition Run: Friday, January 24– Tuesday, February 25, 2020 

Unbound Roots
Curated by Alie Jones and Toshia Christal
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6–9pm
Exhibition Run: Friday, March 13–Tuesday, April 21, 2020

PAST CURATORIAL RESIDENCIES
2018–2019

2017–2018

2016–2017
2015–2016
2014–2015
  • DIS/PLAY curated by Fran Osborne
  • Refuge in Refuse curated by Robin Lasser, Danielle Siembieda and Barbara Boissevain
  • Glamorgeddon curated by Johanna Poethig, Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza
2013–2014
2012–2013

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