SOMArts 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.

Selected curators receive a $5000 project grant, 9 months of professional development and support from SOMArts’ experienced staff and a 4-week exhibition in SOMArts’ Main Gallery. Previous Curatorial Residency recipients have gone on to receive support from larger Bay Area arts institutions such as YBCA, SFMOMA and others. For updates on the SOMArts Curatorial Residency program, including upcoming deadlines to apply, email [email protected].

To see the 2019-20 open call and application guidelines click here.

Past residency exhibitions include:

  • 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
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