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CJM Announces New, Paid, Artist in Residency Program

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Via The CJM –

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is excited to announce Artist Studios at The CJM, a new artist residency program designed to support Bay Area-based artists in need of studio space as a result of financial hardship or conditions surrounding COVID-19. The program will host two individuals for a five-month period, from March 4 to August 8, 2021. Recipients will be granted daytime use of a private studio space (public health and safety mandates permitting), a $1,000 honorarium, and access to The CJM’s educational resources in the Helen Diller Institute. The new program reflects The CJM’s ongoing commitment to sustain the rich and diverse culture of the Bay Area arts community, and to provide a platform for artists to engage in dialogue both with one another and the public.


Artists working in a variety of media—including painting, drawing, photography, digital media, multimedia, sound, writing/poetry, installation, performance, sculpture, textile, and social practice—are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is designed specifically for emerging local artists in need of workspace. Instructions on how to apply can be found at The CJM website; applications are due January 4, 2021. The selected artists will be announced at the end of January 2021. Program dates may be subject to change due to conditions dictated by closures due to COVID-19.

Those eligible for Artist Studios at The CJM are:

  • Emerging artists in need of studio space as a result of financial hardship; inadequate health and safety conditions at current workspace; temporary or permanent displacement from current workspace, or circumstances related to COVID-19
  • Not currently enrolled in an academic program
  • Based in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Individuals or artist groups up to three; larger groups cannot be accommodated due to health and safety precautions


  • Eligibility, as stated above
  • Artistic practice well-suited for the physical conditions of The CJM studio and surrounding facilities
  • Expressed commitment to, and engagement with, the local arts community
  • Interest in and dedication to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion

“We are hopeful that Artist Studios at The CJM will offer some relief for our artistic community during this incredibly challenging time,” said Senior Curator Heidi Rabben. “As an art Museum, our mission is not only to provide compelling art experiences for visitors, but also to be a vibrant part of the cultural fabric of this city. At a time when artists are losing studio space and income, it is imperative that we help in some way. We are looking forward to hosting artists at The Museum, and to connect them with resources and our audiences, both online and onsite.”

Artist Studios at The CJM does not come with any stipulations to complete a body of work, allowing those selected the time and space to engage in their creative process as best suits their needs. Participating artists will be invited to collaborate with The CJM to develop talks and educational programs designed to engage The CJM community.


Major support for The CJM Helen Diller Institute is generously provided by The Helen Diller Family Foundation.

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