San Francisco Art Institute (CA), National Call for Applicants: Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2020


San Francisco Art Institute (CA), National Call for Applicants: Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2020

Deadline: December 2nd, 2019

Fellowship Dates: August 31st–December 11th, 2020

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is currently seeking applications for the fall 2020 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. Established in 1998 by the generosity of the family of painter Richard Diebenkorn—both an alumnus and longtime faculty member of SFAI—the semester-long fellowship provides an opportunity for artists to teach at SFAI and have sufficient time and financial support to pursue their own practice. Through its semester-long structure, the Fellowship not only offers each participating artist an invaluable opportunity to further their own practice, it also leaves a deep, lasting impression on SFAI’s students. This prestigious award has been given to 21 artists since 1998, including Brad Brown, Shaun O’Dell, Iona Rozeal Brown, Josephine Taylor, Monica Majoli, Polly Apfelbaum, and Liam Everett. See a complete list of recipients here.

Eligibility: This year’s Fellowship is ONLY OPEN to artists who reside IN the United States and OUTSIDE of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Eligibility: Applications are sought from early- to mid-career artists who have an established body of work and exemplary exhibition record in the media of painting and drawing. Applicants must reside in the United States and outside the San Francisco Bay Area. (In alternate years, the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is awarded to artists from the Bay Area.) The review committee will consider the applicant’s experience and appropriateness to the SFAI mission and curriculum, as well as the quality of their work and written statements.

Fellowship award: The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow will receive $25,000 USD in compensation to teach two courses in the fall 2020 semester, give a public lecture in the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS), and engage with the SFAI community through individual student critiques, academic programs, and activities.

Integral to the Fellowship is a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. The residency includes housing, an 800-square-foot studio, five chef-prepared meals each week, and access to shared vehicles. Artists in Residence are encouraged to engage with other residents and participate in the dynamic creative community of the Center, and are asked to participate in the seasonal Open House where resident artists share their work with the visiting public. Fellows are expected to be in residence full-time at Headlands during the fellowship, August 31st to December 11th, 2020.

How to apply: Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The application fee is $25. USD.

Link to apply:

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About: Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), a nonprofit art institution, is a vital convening place for arts communities and an international leader in fine arts education. A small school with global impact—notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Catherine Opie, Lance Acord, Barry McGee, and Kehinde Wiley—SFAI enrolls approximately 650 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and offers a wide range of continuing education courses and public programs.

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