Jun. 28, 2017
2018 Artist-in-Residence Program – Now Accepting Applications

2018 Artist-in-Residence Program – Now Accepting Applications


The Main Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program is an interdisciplinary research and production program that aims to support Los Angeles-based artists by offering studio space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

With studios located onsite at the museum and monthly honorariums offered to participating artists, the museum’s expanded interdisciplinary residency program furthers The Main’s central mission of supporting practicing Los Angeles–based artists. The artist-in-residence program is a platform for the investigation, experimentation, and development of ideas regarding contemporary artistic creation in Los Angeles. The program’s objective is to help artists advance their practices in an environment that allows for expansive thinking and working while addressing a need for studio space that is critical to artists and the ongoing cultural vibrancy of the city.


Program Details

The residency program 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. The residency program is not intended to lead to exhibitions or programs, though that possibility is not excluded.

Residencies can last anywhere from three to nine months, depending on the needs of the individual artists. 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, access to The Main museum staff and relevant artists, curators, critics, and educators is a distinguishing feature of the program. With residency studios connected to the 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.

The residency is non-residential: no room/board is offered.

Continue reading below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the program.


Program Expectations

The Main’s residency program serves artists actively in need of studio space and, as such, selected artists are required to use the studio for a minimum of three days per week. This is a process-based residency; there is no expectation or promise of a resultant exhibition at the museum, however artists are welcome to propose public programs that generate dialogue about topics related to their interests and practices.


The residency program is open to artists based in Los Angeles. Ideal candidates show significant promise and dedication to their work and are at a moment in which access to a private studio space and supportive environment will be particularly meaningful to their practice.

Selection Process

Applications for the 2018 artist-in-residence program are now being accepted. Application materials must be received by Monday, October 2, 2017, at 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline. All finalists will be contacted via email to make interview arrangements by Monday, October 30, 2017.



How to Apply

Applications should be sent via mail to the address listed below. Every eligible application must contain the following, as separate documents:

1.     An artist resume/CV including name, address, telephone number, and email (max. 2 pages)

2.     Artist statement (max. 250 words)

3.     Letter of intent outlining your interest in a studio at The Main Museum; discuss why this is the right time for you to participate in the artist-in-residence program and what you hope to gain from the residency; include preferred residency start / end dates (max. 500 words)

4.     The names and emails of three professional references

5.     Work sample

a.     Visual artists: submit up to 10 printed copies of images of recent work, can be printed on 8.5x11 copy paper. High-quality printing is not required. Do not send actual artwork. 

b.    Time-based media artists: submit a DVD or USB drive. The total combined duration of video and audio must not exceed 10 minutes.

c.     Writers: submit 1–5 writing samples. The total combined work samples should not exceed 15 pages.

All application materials must be printed out on copy paper and enclosed in a 9 x 12 -inch envelope. High-quality printing is not required. Oversized materials will not be reviewed.

If you would like your materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. The museum is not able to retain any submitted material.

Please note:

-       Artist collaboratives should apply together by submitting one application per group

-       All applications and work samples must be submitted in, or translated to, English


Send applications to:

The Main Museum

Attn: AIR Program

411 S. Main Street, M-100

Los Angeles, CA 90013



For questions about the residency program, please email info@themainmuseum.org. Please no calls at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

For visual artists, what format do work sample images need to be sent in? The correct format for submitting images is printed out on 8.5x11 copy paper. Oversized materials will not be reviewed. Only time-based media work samples can be submitted on USBs or DVDs.

I am a multidisciplinary artist, can I submit work samples from all genres? Yes, you are able to submit samples of works that best demonstrate your practice. Time-based works can be submitted on USBs or DVDs. All other work samples should be printed out on 8.5x11 copy paper. High-quality printing is not required. Oversized materials will not be reviewed. 

I do not live in Los Angeles, can I apply? No, the program is made specifically to support artists currently living in Los Angeles.

Can I submit my application by email? At this time, we are only accepting applications by mail.

Can I drop off my application? Yes, you can drop off your application at the front desk during the museum's open hours. Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 7 pm.

If I am accepted into the residency program, do I automatically get an exhibition of my works at the museum? Being accepted into the program does not automatically grant participating artists an exhibition, though some residencies may or may not result in exhibitions or public programs. The residency program is not intended to lead to exhibitions or programs, though that possibility is not excluded.


Mar. 27, 2017

Carolina Caycedo

Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina's artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist's process of research and acting. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups and communities that are affected by developmental projects, like the constructions of dams, the privatization of water, and its consequences on riverside communities.

She has developed publicly engaged projects in Bogota, Quezon City, Toronto, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, San Juan, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Mexico DF, Tijuana, and London. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession, Intermediae-Matadero Madrid, Agnes B Gallery Paris, Alianza Francesa Bogotá, Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen, and DAAD Gallery in Berlin. She has participated in international biennials including Sao Paulo (2016), Berlin (2014), Paris Triennial (2013), New Museum (2011), Havana (2009), Whitney (2006), Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001). In 2012, Caycedo was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin resident. She has received funding from Creative Capital, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Harpo Foundation, Art Matters, Colombian Culture Ministry, Arts Council UK, and Prince Claus Fund.

Jan. 04, 2017
Lauren Halsey

Lauren Halsey

Lauren Halsey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. She holds an MFA from Yale University (2014) and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2012). Lauren recently completed a residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014-2015) and is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2014). She builds fantasy sculptures and environments that remix ephemera she gathers with hyperreal nature, technicolors, outerspace and Funk. The works exist as spatial metaphors for optimism, self-determination and love.

Sep. 12, 2016

Star Montana

Star Montana (1987) is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. Star’s imagery deals with class, social environment, and identity within the personal, her family. Three dots and Tear drops: a long term project with her family that has dealt with fragmented histories, loss, and the hope of the next generation was recently on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. More recently, she has begun to work on her themes within a larger scope of Los Angeles residents via portraiture and video. Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013.

Sep. 12, 2016

Sid M. Dueñas

Sid M. Dueñas was born in Saipan 1973, and moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of 4. He lives and works in Los Angeles and makes regular trips to Saipan for research. Dueñas’ artistic output disperses recurring themes within his areas of interest (i.e. corporeality and experience as topography, “peaks”, absorption as agency, diaspora of the Pacific Islands) into forms (processes and mediums) that mirror or defract the fallibility and effectiveness of language. This dispersion results in often coded works that take a role in ongoing conversations about art and how it relates to the experience of artists identifying with postcolonial realities and issues of sovereignty. Other areas of interest include vacillations between placement, relation and constructs of re-collection.

Discrete works such as sculptural objects and drawings are durations, each delineated by poles of initiation and completion. Durations are serial and porous events that consist of the accretion of irruptive and dispersive action. The chronology of durations are fluid in that, they may collapse, fold, or stack on a temporal plane. More specifically, durations or discrete works are generated recursively and may be intersected at any point within their morphology to create, according to poet Nathaniel Mackey, an interruption that creates an opportunity for the generation of new work. While a work may be distinct, a connective thread to an origin, however distant, is indexed by spatial positioning, sequence, memory and conversation.