Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship: Call for applications

Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship: Call for applications

San Francisco Art Institute

Liam Everett (2013 Diebenkorn Fellow), The threshold question that arises in connection with the concept of establishing a language without, 2012. Ink, acrylic, alcohol, and sea salt on wool, 96 x 38 inches. Courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco.
September 4, 2013
Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship: Call for applications

Application deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
Electronic submissions only:

Fellowship dates: August 25–December 5, 2014

San Francisco Art Institute
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San Francisco, CA 94133

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SFAI is currently seeking applications for the Fall 2014 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 Fellowship provides an opportunity for artists to teach at SFAI and have sufficient time and financial support to work in the studio. Through its semester-long structure that includes a residency with studio at Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fellowship not only offers each participating artist an invaluable opportunity to further their own studio work, it also leaves a deep, lasting impression on SFAI’s students. This year’s Fellowship is open only to artists who reside in the United States and outside of the Bay Area. Artists must apply by the deadline of Friday, November 1, 2013. Please see details below about important dates, application fees, eligibility, and process.

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 within the United States and outside of the Bay Area. (In alternate years, the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is awarded to Bay Area residents.) The review committee will consider the applicant’s experience and his or her appropriateness to the SFAI mission and curriculum, as well as quality of 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 2014 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. Fellows are expected to be in residence full-time during the fellowship, August 25–December 5, 2014.

This prestigious award has been given to fourteen 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.

The Fellow will also receive 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.

Headlands Center for the Arts is situated in a rehabilitated military fort in the Golden Gate National Park, 15 minutes outside of San Francisco. The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards residencies to artists from across the globe, working in nearly every artistic discipline. In addition, Headlands presents public programs including artist talks, exhibitions, community dinners, performances, and Open Houses, all toward the goal of facilitating meaningful interaction between artists and the public. More information is available at

How to apply
Only electronic submissions will be accepted:

Applications must include a letter of interest and artist statement, 10 images, CV, and two letters of recommendation.

Application deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
Application fee: 25 USD
Fellow announced: Monday, December 16, 2013
Fellowship dates: August 25–December 5, 2014

About the San Francisco Art Institute
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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