SFAI’s Summer Studio Residency Program combines the benefits of a prestigious artist’s residency with the rigor of graduate-level study in the arts.
Unique for its demanding critique structure, individualized support, and personalized engagement with internationally recognized artists and scholars, the residency is an eight-week intensive specifically designed for undergraduates or recent baccalaureate graduates who wish to advance and refine their work. The location of the program in San Francisco—a vibrant community with world-class museums, a robust emerging artist scene, dynamic food culture, and breathtaking natural resources—offers students an uncommon urban experience.
Students who pursue this residency must have significant studio experience and demonstrate a readiness for graduate-level work through their statement of intent, project proposal, and portfolio.
How to Apply
All applicants must submit the following materials electronically.
Program Tuition Cost
Optional Housing Cost
$290-$380 per week (depending on room type and availability)
About the Seminar Leader
Arnold Joseph Kemp is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Artadia Fund for Art & Dialogue, Art Matters, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, and the American Academy of Poets. His artworks are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Berkeley Art Museum. Kemp is also a writer and he has read on street corners, in living rooms in Oakland, and in bars and bookstores in San Francisco, Berkeley and New York. His writing has appeared in Callaloo, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Agni Review, MIRAGE #4 Period(ical), River Styx, Nocturnes, Art Journal, and Tripwire. Kemp has presented his writing and performances at the Bowery Poetry Club, Banff Centre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Portland Art Museum, California College of the Arts, PDX Contemporary, San Francisco State University, Portland State University and New Langton Arts.