18th Street Arts Center | Visiting Artist Residency Program

Open Application

18th Street Arts Center is an artists’ residency program that provokes public dialogue through contemporary art-making. 18th Street's residencies, exhibitions, public events, talks, and publications encourage, showcase and support the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art and foster collaboration and interaction between artists locally, nationally and internationally.18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Residency Program hosts artists from across the United States and from around the world. There are three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians.For information on 18th Street's other residency programs for local artists, visit www.18thstreet.org.


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.


  • Residency Length: 1-3 months

  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3 Visiting Artists-in-Residence; 20+ other residents

  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 16-20


  • Application type: Open application

  • Collaboration: May apply as a team

  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists

  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)Visiting artists-in-residence are provided with a private, furnished live/work space (with bath and kitchenette).

  • Meals: No meals/food providedLive/work studios are equipped with a kitchenette for residents to prepare their own meals.

  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stayCleaning deposit required for pets.

  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessiblePublic areas are wheelchair accessible.

  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital)

  • Other facilities and services: Common room or meeting space provided for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; smoking allowed outdoors, in private living areas, and in studios.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support


Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are given the option to participate in public exhibitions/presentations and studio tours, and make a donation of artwork. All local artist residents and organizations must contribute a negotiated service on an annual basis.

Contact Information

1639 18th Street Santa Monica, California 90404 United States

Tel: 310 453-3711



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