Since opening in 1995, Artpace has served as an international laboratory for the creation and advancement of contemporary art. Our residencies, exhibitions, and public programs nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences. Artpace is housed in an 18,000-square-foot facility renovated by the eminent San Antonio firm Lake/Flato Architects. The 1920s building, once a Hudson automobile dealership, is located in the vibrant downtown cultural district, one block from the city’s famous River Walk.
Artpace annually hosts three residencies (spring, summer, and fall). Each residency includes one Texas artist, one national artist, and one international artist, all selected by a guest curator. The eight-week residency culminates in a two-month exhibition onsite. The mission of this program is to provide artists from varied disciplines with unparalleled resources and support that allows them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks. More than 240 artists at various stages in their careers have been selected to participate in the program.
An Artpace residency includes travel expenses, a living stipend, a materials budget, an apartment, and studio/exhibition space. Resident artists have access to fully-equipped wood and metal workshops and a digital media studio, in addition to technical and administrative support. The residency is followed by a two-month exhibition of the project created, which is documented for Artpace’s archive.
The Texas Open Call opportunity is available only to artists currently living and working in Texas. Texas must have been the artist’s primary residence for at least one year at the time of application. Applicants from other states or countries will not be considered. Current students, Artpace staff, and members of the Board of Directors—as well as their spouses or domestic partners and immediate family—are not eligible to apply. Past Artpace artist residents are not eligible for future Artpace residencies.
While guest curators select resident artists, Artpace assists by creating the Texas Open Call list of contemporary artists living and working in Texas. Each year, three guest curators review applicants and conduct studio visits with selected artists for their respective residency cycles (spring, summer, or fall). All eligible submissions will be reviewed by each guest curator.
The selection of resident artists is based entirely on the particular interests of the guest curator and how the artist fits within the curator’s vision for the residency.
Please note: An artist can be selected for multiple studio visits within one given year, but once selected for a residency, an artist is not eligible for future studio visits with guest curators for the residency program. So, if a guest curator visits an artist’s studio in spring 2020 and selects them for a residency, the artist will no longer be eligible for summer or fall guest curator visits. No artist can participate in more than one residency.
These dates apply specifically to the International Artist-in-Residence Program.
Application Period is June 3 – August 2, 2019
The spring 2021 residency guest curator reviews Texas Open Call List, conducts a 20-25 studio visits, and makes their selection for the spring 2021 residency.
The summer 2021 residency guest curator reviews Texas Open Call List, conducts 20-25 studio visits, and makes their selection for the summer 2021 residency.
The fall 2021 residency guest curator reviews Texas Open Call List, conducts 20-25 studio visits, and makes the selection for the fall 2021 residency.
Spring 2021 residency begins.
Summer 2021 residency begins.
Fall 2021 residency begins.
Questions about the application process? Contact Artpace at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.212.4900.