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Headlands Center for the Arts

Situated in a campus of artist-renovated military buildings in the Marin Headlands, just minutes north of San Francisco, Headlands Center for the Arts hosts an internationally recognized Artist in Residence Program, interdisciplinary public programs, and subsidized studio rentals for Bay Area artists of all disciplines. Through these programs, Headlands offers opportunities for artist research, dialogue and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.


Sausalito, California: United States

The Marin Headlands is 13,000 coastal acres of national park located just 10 minutes north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge. Headlands Center for the Arts is housed in artist-renovated former military buildings, surrounded by low coastal hills and the Pacific Ocean at the northern edge of the entrance to the San Francisco Bay.


  • Residency Length: 4-10 weeks; average residency length 8 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 50
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1000


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Since 1987, Headlands Center for the Arts has provided residencies for professional artists from more than 30 countries and 20 U.S. states. We welcome artists at all levels to apply; however, artists pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees may not apply while enrolled in degree-granting programs. Former Artists in Residence must wait five years to re-apply. Additional details and complete current information can be found by visiting our web site:

  • Application deadline: June 08

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Laylah Ali Polly Apfelbaum Sanford Biggers Tania Bruguera David Cale Thomas Campbell Remy Charlip Tony Cragg Beth Custer Paul DeMarinis Lewis deSoto Anthony Discenza Mark Dion Jim Drain Harrell Fletcher The Foundry Amy Francheschini Anya Gallaccio Katharina Grosse Guillermo Gómez-Peña Sam Green Joe Goode Katharina Grosse Joanna Haigood Ed Halter Ann Hamilton Barbara Hammer Mildred Howard Su-Chen Hung Lewis Hyde William E. Jones Margaret Kilgallen Ned Kahn Ledoh Nicola López Mads Lynnerup Nikki S. Lee Julie Mehretu Miya Masaoka Barry McGee Mariele Neudecker Jeremy Novak Shaun O'Dell Will Oldham Simon Ortiz Ed Osborn Otolith Group Amalia Pica Maria Porges William Powhida Clare E. Rojas Sapphire David Shrigley Shahzia Sikander Rebecca Solnit Thomas Scheibitz Tiffany Shlain silt Zak Smith Kathryn Spence Stephanie Syjuco Olav Westphalen Andrea Zittel
I was burned out at the beginning of my residency, but being here at Headlands I was able to focus; go into myself. I was able to set up a structure for how I want to go about reading and researching. I took many walks and enjoyed the surroundings.
— Julie Mehretu (AIR '03)

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Live-in residents share historic military officers’ houses. They are fully-furnished, with four bedrooms, two baths, formal dining and living rooms and fully equipped kitchens. Writers and arts professionals are provided with live/work spaces. Residents are responsible for their own housekeeping. Wireless internet and cell phone service are not available in artist housing. Internet may be accessed in studios and shared spaces.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Headlands’ Chef prepares dinner five nights a week (Sunday through Thursday) in the Mess Hall for Artists in Residence.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Some public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Fort Barry campus is home to nearly 40 studios, shared residences, and spaces for offices, performances and events. Residency studios, offices, and public rooms are located in two four-story former army barracks with 13-foot ceilings, large windows, period detail, and hardwood floors.

Residency Fees

Application fee - $45; deposit - $100 car

Stipends / other support

Stipend - $500/month (see website for details); studio; live/work space for writers; private bedroom in a shared house; travel costs for national and international artists when funding permits; shared use of 3 artist cars for short trips around the Bay Area; special Alumni residency program to facilitate return visits to work on a specific project.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are expected to participate in Headlands’ Open Houses, held 3 times a year.

Contact Information

944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, California 94965
United States
Tel: 415.331.2787