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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.