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2021 Camera Obscura Art Lab Studio Residency

Grants to California Artists in Eligible Areas
for Participation in a Residency Program

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County of Santa Barbara - Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Deadline Date:

10/21/20 10:59 PM PDT


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Grants of $2,500 to California individual artists and collectives in eligible locations for participation in a residency program. Funding is intended to support artists who create work that inspire the public through instruction and example. All mediums and disciplines are eligible. Artists and artisans living in Los Angeles County are eligible for the 14-week studio residency, which will take place at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park in Santa Monica.

The City presents this opportunity to artists who both need a place to practice and create, and are deeply invested in sharing their work for the public’s benefit. The City of Santa Monica established the Studio Residency Program at the Camera Obscura to support the work of local artists, highlight the intersection of fine art and craft, and provide the public with access to a variety of artistic practice and instruction.

Program details:

  • The residency offers studio work-only space. 
  • Residents present at least four online participatory workshops for the public and a final online presentation.  Residents are responsible for preparing online offerings by creating materials lists, pre-class video tutorials, and/or pre-class study guides for the public to view before class.
  • Online workshops range from 2-3 hours and focus on arts/crafts skills, community building, and hands-on participation for adults. They need not relate directly to the residency project. Active and participatory rather than presentational formats are preferred.
  • The Resident must utilize the studio at least three times per week in addition to offering their classes.
  • Equipment available: tables, chairs, whiteboard, video projector/screen, relief printing press, and various craft equipment.
  • Also provided: electricity, free City Wi-Fi, and access to a kitchen with refrigerator/ stove/ sink/ microwave. Slop sink available for nonhazardous cleanup.
  • Work in the studio will be in public view and should be appropriate for a general audience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192520

Number of Grants:

The selection panel is directed to select either two individual artists, one collective, or a combination, to share the dividable studio space for each time period.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An honorarium of $2,500 and use of the facility for a final exhibit/presentation is offered to the successful applicant(s).

Term of Contract:

This Studio Residency spans 14 weeks and three terms are available; January 20 – April 28, 2021; May 12 – August 18, 2021; or September 1 – December 15, 2021. The terms are approximate and may be adjusted slightly to accommodate developing schedules.

Access is from 8:00am-10:00pm M-F and 9:30am-10:00pm Sat-Sun, with some exceptions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The residency is open to all artists, artisans, and makers who reside in Los Angeles County. Artist teams will be considered; partnerships and groups should apply through one coordinating member.

All forms of artistic production are eligible; previous residents have employed quilting, printmaking, painting and drawing, choreography, puppetry, sculpture, illustration, and social practice, videography, animation among other forms.

Applicants who have received a Santa Monica Artist Residency or Fellowship in the past two years, are current grantees or resident artists through another City of Santa Monica program, or are currently employed by or serve on a Board or Commission of the City of Santa Monica, are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 10:59 PM PDT.

Notification of the selected resident will take place in mid-November 2020.

During COVID-19, masks must be worn in all communal areas of the building and no visitors are allowed except to help with load-in and load-out. Artists can request a special dispensation to be made for onsite studio visits by gallerists and collectors.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Clove Galilee, Cultural Affairs Supervisor
(310) 458-8350

Requests for visits must be made in writing to at least one week prior to the scheduled visit.

1450 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica CA 90401

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