Artist in Residence Program

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STAR is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Artist in Residence Program and invites artists interested in being considered to read the following information and complete the application in full and submit online or by mail. PLEASE NOTE: the deadline has been extended to June 9, 2017! Please note the important eligibility requirements below.

Shipyard Trust for the Arts
PO Box 880083, San Francisco, CA 94188-0083

About STAR's Artist in Residence Program

Since 1995 the Artist in Residence Award has been made to fourteen visual artists who were each provided with a private art studio at the Hunters Point Shipyard, thereby becoming an integral part of the thriving Shipyard artist community of more than 250 individual artists, one of the largest in the nation.


  1. To serve as a bridge between artists with studios at the Shipyard and the nearby Bayview/Hunters Point community.
  2. To support and encourage talented and deserving artists from the nearby communities.
  3. To provide the recipient of the Artist in Residence Award a private artist studio with an opportunity to become an integral part of the Shipyard artist community and contribute to the dialogue among other practicing artists.


A private, secure, sunlit artist studio available to the artist 24 hours daily for the 18-month residency period. Free adjacent parking, and accessible by San Francisco Muni transit.

STAR also provides artist registration fees for the Fall Open Studio and Spring Open Studio and a $500 stipend to offset related expenses such as the printing or mailing of artist announcements for Open Studios.


All visual artists who work in any medium are invited to apply if they:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • live, work, or are involved with the Bayview/Hunters Point community in a significant fashion; and
  • have a personal history in the community.

Artists who currently have a Shipyard studio, or are enrolled in an undergraduate or advanced degree program are not eligible.


Comply with all safety regulations and other guidelines issued by property managers for the Shipyard studios. Mandatory participation in Fall Open Studio and Spring Open Studio while participation in other events such as the Christmas Sale is optional. Make a mandatory donation to the STAR Annual Auction, part of Fall Open Studio of an appropriate artwork suitable for hanging. At the conclusion of the residency period a donation to the STAR permanent collection of an appropriate artwork suitable for hanging is greatly appreciated.


Formal and informal interaction with other Shipyard artists is greatly encouraged. Further community outreach and engagement with the public through educational programs held at the Shipyard or in the Bayview/Hunters Point community is appreciated.

Throughout the residency period, the artist award recipient may be asked to volunteer his/her time in support of STAR. Any informal agreement will be a result of discussions between the artist recipient and the Artist in Residence Committee and is not intended in any way to hinder or reduce the time spent in the studio.


The STAR Board is committed to an open and equitable selection process and will convene a Panel that may comprise a STAR Board member, a Bayview/Hunters Point Shipyard artist, or a former Artist in Residence recipient. The Panel will review the applications and make a recommendation to the STAR Board, who will make the award.

The criteria for selection may include such factors as the:

  • strength of the artwork submitted,
  • applicant's ties to the Bayview/Hunters Point community, and
  • commitment of the artist to work in the studio on a regular, weekly basis.


Inquires may be sent to STAR at or 415-285-3886 or by mail.