Texas Open Call


The Texas Open Call is our primary resource for identifying artists who are interested in and eligible for participation in Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program. All Texas resident artists who apply will first have their materials reviewed for eligibility. All artists who pass this eligibility check will be reviewed on a rolling basis by Artpace staff and guest curators. Studio visits will take place in 2020.

About Artpace

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.

About Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program

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.

Who is eligible to apply?

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.


  • $15 per application
  • Application fees support the administrative costs associated with Texas Open Call
  • No refunds
  • Free for Artpace members

About the Application Process

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.

Selection Criteria

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.

What happens after you submit your application:

  • Artpace staff reviews your application for eligibility.
  • If your application is ineligible, you will be notified by August 31, 2019. Additionally, your application materials will be removed from the Texas Open Call List.
  • If your application is eligible, it will be entered into the Texas Open Call List.
  • Artpace selects three guest curators each year, and each curator is given access to the Texas Open Call List to select one Texas artist for each residency cycle: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.
  • Approximately a year out from each residency period, each guest curator will select 20-25 Texas artists for studio visits. Artpace will contact artists via email or phone to schedule studio visits. Studio visits for the spring 2021 residency will be made in spring 2020. Studio visits for the summer 2021 residency will be made in summer 2020. Studio visits for the fall 2021 residency will be made in fall 2020.
  • From those studio visits, each guest curator will select a Texas artist for the International Artist-in-Residence Program.

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.

Important dates

These dates apply specifically to the International Artist-in-Residence Program.
Application Period is June 3 – August 2, 2019

Spring 2020
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.

Summer 2020
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.

Fall 2020
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.

January 2021
Spring 2021 residency begins.

May 2021
Summer 2021 residency begins.

September 2021
Fall 2021 residency begins.


Questions about the application process? Contact Artpace at info@artpace.org or 210.212.4900.

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