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18th Street Arts Center | Visiting Artist Residency Program

18th Street Arts Center is an artists’ residency program that provokes public dialogue through contemporary art-making. We value art-making as an essential part of a vibrant, just and healthy society. Through our artist residencies we are a contemporary art hub that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue. 18th Street's residencies, exhibitions, public events, talks, and publications encourage, showcase and support the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art and foster collaboration and interaction between artists locally, nationally and internationally.18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Residency Program hosts artists from across the United States and from around the world. There are three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians.For information on 18th Street's other residency programs for local artists, visit


Santa Monica, California: United States

1.5 miles from the ocean in the heart of Santa Monica, a suburb in the Los Angeles Westside area.


  • Residency Length: 1-3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3 Visiting Artists-in-Residence; 20+ other residents
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 16-20


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Highways Performance Space, Phranc, Cornerstone Theater Company, Barbara T. Smith, The Empowerment Project, High Performance magazine, Denise Uyehara, Keith Mason
It’s a great experience to be able to share in this community of artists who are open and sharing with each other. It’s been a learning experience here really seeing how artists and arts organizations can partner or just be a community together. This is definitely one of the answers for the art world, that there be more places like this.
— Michael Masucci, EZTV

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Visiting artists-in-residence are provided with a private, furnished live/work space (with bath and kitchenette).
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Live/work studios are equipped with a kitchenette for residents to prepare their own meals.
  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    Cleaning deposit required for pets.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital)
  • Other facilities and services: Common room or meeting space provided for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; smoking allowed outdoors, in private living areas, and in studios.

Residency Fees

18th Street Arts Center works with a variety of national and international partners to fund invited visiting artists. These include private foundations supporting the arts, as well as government entities such as foreign consulates, national and state organizations. Funding for each residency is on a case-by-case basis. Many international artists have access to funding through their cultural ministries or other programs, and we work with artists to secure funding or encourage them to apply to cover the costs of the residency through various funding programs. In some cases, we have agreements with cultural ministries and other funders to underwrite artist residencies. For a list of international residency funders, please visit the funding resources page at Res Artis or the Alliance for Artist Communities for tips on funding and applying. If funding is not identified through partner organizations, artists may also choose to pay the basic costs of the residency themselves.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are given the option to participate in public exhibitions/presentations and studio tours, and make a donation of artwork. All local artist residents and organizations must contribute a negotiated service on an annual basis.

Contact Information

1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404
United States