The Main Museum to Open Five New Artist-in-Residence Studios in January 2018

For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Museum announces application process for 2018 residencies

LOS ANGELES—The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles announced today that it will open five new studio spaces in January 2018 for its artist-in-residence program. With studios located onsite at the museum and monthly honoraria offered to participating artists, the museum’s expanded interdisciplinary residency program, which formalizes facets of the current program, furthers The Main’s central mission of supporting practicing Los Angeles–based artists. Applications are currently being accepted through October 2, 2017, for residencies beginning in January 2018.

When The Main opened its preliminary space, Beta Main, in October 2016 for public exhibitions and programs, the museum also opened two residency studios. The spaces have since been used by artists Andrea Bowers, Sid Dueñas, Lauren Halsey, and Suzanne Lacy. The studios are currently being occupied by Star Montana, whose work is now on view in Beta Main’s exhibition Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles, and Carolina Caycedo, who is producing new work for the fall exhibition A Universal History of Infamy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, PST: LA/LA initiative.

True to the nature of Beta Main—a physical and conceptual space for experimentation in anticipation of the fully-realized and currently under-construction museum—this new iteration of the residency program was informed by lessons from Beta Main’s inaugural year with artists-in-residence. The observations inform The Main’s current efforts to formalize areas of the program that were already in place, as well as extending the museum’s commitment to support more artists with expanded studio spaces.

“Supporting emerging L.A. artists through our artist-in-residence program is at the core of everything we do at The Main,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main. “We developed this residency almost before we developed plans for the museum. Through this residency, we aim to help artists advance their practices in an environment that cultivates expansive thinking and working. We also support artists by addressing the need for studio space—something both critical to artists and to the cultural vibrancy of our city.”

The residency program—a platform for experimentation and the development of ideas on contemporary artistic creation in L.A.—offers artists a free private studio and an honorarium of $1,000 per month. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, film/video, music/sound, choreography, and writing. Artists are invited to use the space as they wish, with no expectation of producing new work, although some residencies may result in exhibitions or public programs.

Residencies can last anywhere from three to nine months, depending on the needs of each artist. This opportunity for extensive time in the residency program allows for artists-in-residence to develop strong connections with the museum, other artists working in the space, and the surrounding community.

In addition to the physical studio space and financial resources of the residency, distinguishing features of the program include access to The Main museum staff and relevant artists, curators, critics, and educators. With residency studios connected to staff offices, The Main’s staff members work closely with artists-in-residence to arrange individual studio visits, facilitate research, liaise with media, develop connections and programs with the surrounding community, and generally provide a supportive and collaborative environment.

Applying for the 2018 Residency
Applications for residencies beginning in January 2018 are currently being accepted. Application materials must be received by Monday, October 2, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by Allison Agsten, director of The Main, and Monica Rodriguez, curatorial associate. All finalists will be contacted via email to make interview arrangements by Monday, October 16. Learn more about how to apply at



The Main Museum's mission is to engage the public with the most important ideas of our time through the art of Los Angeles. With a residency program at its center rather than a collection, The Main forefronts artists in its work and supports wide-ranging practices from artists at all stages in their careers.

When complete, The Main will include a variety of exhibition galleries, additional studio spaces for its artist residency program, a rooftop plaza including an amphitheater and cafe, and a restaurant. For more information on The Main and to sign up for updates, visit


True to its name, Beta Main is a space for testing and learning in anticipation of the creation of The Main. Throughout all phases of The Main’s development, which includes exhibitions, artist residencies, and public programs mounted by Beta Main, the institution will continue to refine its vision and methods as it learns from the community, artists, experimentation, and Downtown Los Angeles.


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