Fellowships + Residencies

Engage with creative practitioners and discover innovative models for your own work.

SFAI is proud to offer annual graduate and post-graduate fellowships that amplify the graduate experience by providing opportunities for fellows to gain professional practice as curators, scholars, and art administrators. 

Exhibitions and Public Programs Fellow 

Applications open now, full-tuition annual award

The Exhibitions and Public Programs Fellowship is a full-tuition award available to students entering SFAI's MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art or Exhibition and Museum Studies programs in Fall 2016. These programs enable students to pursue scholarly interests in the study of contemporary art and exhibitions, alongside hundreds of student-artists and renowned professional artists. The fellowship offers in-depth experience working alongside SFAI's Exhibitions and Public Programs staff to deliver a robust program of exhibitions, artist commissions, public events, publications, and educational initiatives. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated research interests that intersect with SFAI's history and mission. Priority will be given to applicants who have administrative or curatorial experience working within a gallery, museum, arts organization, or DIY context. Lauren Licata is the inaugural Exhibitions and Public Programs Fellow for 2015.

Applicants to the MA program for Fall 2016 will be automatically considered for the fellowship.

A California native, Lauren Licata received her BA in Art History from the University of California Los Angeles, focusing on contemporary theory and serving as the events committee head for the Hammer Museum Student Association. After managing two contemporary galleries in Los Angeles, she went on to direct two contemporary galleries in New York City before founding an art advisory company that specializes in emerging artists on both coasts. In addition to promoting the transformative and immersive capabilities of art through L&S Collective, Lauren is passionate about the social, cultural, and educational abilities of both experimental curating and public programming, as well as utilizing art as a vehicle to better whole communities and societies.

SFAI and Kadist Fellow 

Begins September 2015
Nine-month post-graduate fellowship, $20,000 stipend 

In partnership with Kadist Art Foundation, SFAI will annually award a nine-month fellowship to a graduating MA or MFA student with an interest in curatorial practice. The inaugural fellow, Christopher Squier (MFA, 2014), will provide integral support to artist-in-residence Mariana Castillo Deball and both organizations, leading to a Spring 2016 commission of new work and a group exhibition curated by Deball. The annual award provides a pivotal platform for ambitious young curators in the crucial transition between their graduation and the launch of a curatorial career. 

Christopher Squier (MFA 2014) received his BA from Grinnell College. His previous curatorial experience includes redesigning Grinnell College’s BA Exhibition (The BAX), assisting at SFAI’s Swell Gallery, and collaborating with artist Susan Silton for The Elephant in Another Room, a nonvisual exhibition tracing the roots of radio and voice. He has interned and worked at the State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia), de Young Museum (San Francisco), and Walter and McBean Galleries (SFAI). His sculptural work investigates urban infrastructure, international boundaries, and borderless zones through linguistic experiments and the decorative arts. During summer 2015 he worked in in residence at La Fragua Artist Residency, Córdoba, Spain.

SFAI and Exeter Fellow

Begins September 2014
Two-year graduate fellowship, $15,000 annual stipend

Natasha White is the two-year Research Fellow in support of SiteWorks: San Francisco Performance 1969–85. SiteWorks will engage with the history of conceptual and performance art in the Bay Area through an online archive, a book forthcoming with Manchester University Press, and other events. SiteWorks is led by Nick Kaye (University of Exeter) in collaboration with Betti-Sue Hertz (Headlands Center for the Arts). Natasha White is a Dual Degree candidate scheduled for completion in 2017. She is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose focus is primarily in the realm of Intersectional Metaphysics. Natasha earned a BA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2010, and plans to employ her arts training as an artist, administrator and educator.