Call for Applications: Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship — Deadline: September 30, 2015

by Admin on 08/04/2015

Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship:
call for applications

Application deadline:
September 30, 2015

Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship: call for applications

San Francisco Art Institute and Headlands Center for the Arts are currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. Established in 1998 by the family of painter Richard Diebenkorn—an alumnus and former SFAI faculty member—the Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for established artists to teach at SFAI while expanding their creative vision at the renowned Headlands Center for the Arts. Fellows receive a studio space at Headlands during the semester-long residency with sufficient time and financial support to pursue their practice while teaching. Applicants must reside in the United States and outside the Bay Area. The application deadline for the fall 2016 Fellowship is September 30, 2015. See below for full details on the award, eligibility, and application process.

Fellowship award
The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow will receive a 25,000 USD stipend to teach two courses in the fall 2016 semester and present a public lecture in the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. Fellows engage with the SFAI community through individual critiques, academic programs, and other activities. Fellows must reside full time at Headlands Center for the Arts between August 29–December 9, 2016. The residency includes housing, an 800-square-foot studio, five weekly chef-prepared meals, and access to shared vehicles. Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to engage with peers and participate in the dynamic creative community, including a seasonal Open House with the visiting public. 17 artists have been awarded the Fellowship 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.

Applicants should be early to mid-career artists with 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 of the Bay Area. The review committee will consider the applicant’s experience, quality of work, written statements, and cultural fit with the SFAI and Headlands communities.

How to apply
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Applications must include a letter of interest, artist’s statement, 10 images of work, CV, and three references.

Application deadline: September 30
Application fee: 25 USD
Fellow announced: October 30
Fellowship dates: August 29–December 9, 2016
Apply online:

About Headlands Center for the Arts
Headlands Center for the Arts is situated in a cluster of artist-rehabilitated buildings in historic Fort Barry just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program awards residencies to artists from across the globe, working in nearly every artistic discipline. Headlands Center presents programming dedicated to fostering meaningful interaction between artists and the public. For more information, visit

About San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), founded in 1871, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context. For more information, visit

SFAI offers BFA, BA, MFA, and MA degrees, a dual MA/MFA degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and a range of exhibitions, public programs, and public education courses. SFAI enrolls approximately 680 students in degree programs. Notable past faculty and alumni include Lance Acord, Ansel Adams, Kathryn Bigelow, Enrique Chagoya, Angela Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Annie Leibovitz, Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, Peter Pau, Laura Poitras, and Kehinde Wiley.