18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.
Visiting Artist Residency
18th Street Arts Center’s visiting artist residency program has hosted more than 500 artists from dozens of countries around the world since it first began in 1992.
There are four live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months at a time (sometimes longer).
This program hosts artists of all disciplines as well as art curators, writers, and musicians. It includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an open application process. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines.
Santa Monica, California: United States
1.5 miles from the ocean in the heart of Santa Monica, a suburb in the Los Angeles Westside area.
- 1-3 months
- Application type: Rolling Admission
- Collaboration: May apply as a team
- Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
- Application Ongoing: Yes