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The Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program was instituted in 1989 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. To date, the Chinati Foundation has hosted more than 125 artists from more than fifteen countries in its residency program.

The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from around the world to work in a striking, natural environment. Exhibitions are often held at the conclusion of the residency. These become an important part of the museum's temporary exhibition program, and provide a vital counterpoint to the permanent collection.

The Chinati Foundation provides a furnished apartment on the museum's grounds and a studio in Marfa. Resident artists have unlimited access to Chinati's collection and archive, and the museum staff and interns are available to assist in securing materials and preparing exhibitions. A stipend of $1,000 is provided to assist with travel and art materials.

The Chinati Foundation maintains a casual environment, and it is up to the artists to develop their own work schedule. Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas, and artists may spend a great deal of time alone. A residency at Chinati is ideal for those artists who seek a quiet and sympathetic environment with few distractions. Residencies are two months long.

Artists have been selected for the 2017 program. They are Jay Heikes, Jaya Jowey, Kika Karadi, Rosy Keyser, Alex Kwartler and Kate Newby.

To apply for a 2018 residency, please send the following to Chinati at the address below by April 1, 2017 but not before December 31, 2016:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Flash drive OR a CD with 20 PDF or JPEG digital files (2 MB maximum file size per image) OR a DVD of up to 30 minutes of video work.

An application fee of $40 U.S. is required for processing. Please send a check drawn on a U.S. bank or an international money order. No cash. To pay online, please visit our application fee page.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2017. Please do not send any original artwork. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Applications can be mailed to:

Artist in Residence Application Review
The Chinati Foundation
1 Cavalry Row / P.O. Box 1135
Marfa, Texas 79843

For questions about the Artist in Residence program or the submission process, contact Sandra Hinojos, information@chinati.org.