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Artist-In-Residence Program

The School of Art + Design is now accepting applications for the following Artist-in-Residence programs:

Artist-In-Residence in Furniture Design and Woodworking – Application

The Furniture Program in the School of Art + Design, at San Diego State University is excited to announce the next cycle of its Artist in Residence (AIR) Program. The program invites one resident per semester to work within the Program’s studio and attracts both emerging and established artists looking for an opportunity to engage in a period of intense productivity.

In addition to developing a body of work during their residency, the invited artist will contribute to the community of SDSU. Residents will add to the educational experience of students in the Furniture Program, and the community within the School of Art, Design, and Art History. The resident’s activity within the community will include: participation in graduate seminar, public lectures, mentoring students, exhibition of work, and participation in critiques.

The AIR program is designed to enhance the educational experience of our Furniture Program’s students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Working alongside an emerging or
established artist, engaging in dialogue with the resident in the studio and classroom, and learning diverse technical skills from a new artist is a rare and valuable opportunity for all students in the Furniture Program.

Benefits of the residency include a generous stipend and housing. Access to the studios is 24/7 and includes traditional woodworking tools and advanced digital fabrication machinery. The Digital Fabrication Lab consists of a two CNC routers, a 3D laser scanner, and an ABS 3D printer, 4 Form Labs 3d resin printers, cnc machinist mill, a cnc lathe, and a Wazer desktop waterjet cutter. In addition residents will have access to a well equipped metal working studio.

Selection criteria will include quality of current portfolio, potential for artistic and professional growth, technical skill, and ability to communicate with students in a studio environment.


  • $17,000 stipend to cover living, materials, and other expenses
  • 24/7 Studio Access
  • Partially furnished apartment near campus


  • Commit as a full-time resident for awarded period (16 Week aligned with the Fall/Spring Semesters)
  • Be present in the studio 30-40 hours per week
  • Produce a significant body of work
  • Exhibit body of work on campus or in a local off-campus venue
  • Be available to SDSU students in the studio and the classroom
  • Give a public lecture on the SDSU campus
  • Assist with the delivery of a Furniture Design and Woodworking Course

Application Requirements

  • Completed Windgate Artist-In-Residence Application Form
  • One page Letter of Intent: Include a brief artist statement, description of how your work fits into the field of studio furniture, design, and/or the crafts, and outline the work you intend to pursue during your semester as AIR.
  • Current CV
  • 20 Examples of your work: We only accept digital submissions.
  • If applying by mail, please send a USB Drive, or link to an online portfolio including 20 images.
  • Please also provide us with a contact sheet including your personal information and image details (title, dimensions, materials, date, and further description). Include a SASE if you wish your materials to be returned.
  • References: Name and contact information of two references who may contact during the selection process.


  • *Accepting application for residencies from Fall 2020 – Spring 2022
  • March 1st for all semester residencies

Apply via Online Submission: Apply Online

Apply via Mail: Send this application form with all supporting materials to:

Artist-In-Residence Program
C/O Matthew Hebert
School of Art, Design, and Art History, SDSU
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4805

Or, email to Matthew Hebert at mghebert@sdsu.edu

About SDSU’s School of Art + Design

The School of Art + Design is committed to excellence in the visual arts and design, intellectual development, interdisciplinary research, and creative growth. The faculty, professionally active artists, designers, scholars, critics and educators, seek to develop a high degree of professional competence in future artists, art historians, art educators and designers within the rich environment of a large, culturally diverse urban university. The School strives to maintain a leadership role in the visual arts by serving as a cultural resource for SDSU as well as the greater San Diego and Baja community.

Our primary goal is to educate our students in the highest criteria of creative endeavor as it is practiced today. We encourage the exchange of ideas between creative disciplines, through which students can begin to work productively within a truly multidisciplinary learning context. The School of Art + Design strives to establish an environment that bridges disciplines that have historically been seen as separate artistic endeavors, by providing access to all of the intellectual and physical resources within the entire School. The School offers the B.A, M.A, and M.F.A. degrees in the visual arts. While focused on the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice, the School includes concentrations in Art (ceramics, furniture, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles), Design (graphic design, interior design, multimedia), and Art History (nineteenth century, modern, Latin American, and contemporary western art, Asian art and history of museums). The Design (NASAD) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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