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The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program [LAP] is designed to offer artists from a range of disciplines an environment conducive to individuals and collaborative creative practice. Seeking to stimulate an energetic exchange of ideas between culturally diverse Fellows and across varied artistic fields and scholarly disciplines, the residency has earned international recognition as a model of curatorial practice supporting the development of new and challenging contemporary work.

The LAP is situated on the grounds of Montalvo Arts Center – a multidisciplinary center for the arts located in Saratoga, California, in the Santa Cruz foothills. Montalvo is a unique mix of the historic and contemporary and features a Mediterranean-inspired Villa built in 1912, Project Space Gallery, Carriage House Theatre, Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre, and Creekside Studio, which, alongside the Arts Center’s diverse and expansive gardens and grounds, offer residents numerous opportunities for engagement and inspiration.

For the first time, the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center is hosting an open application process for California Artists only. Through the generous support of the Irvine Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center’s Lucas Artists Residency Program will be accepting applications from December 21, 2012 through February 8, 2013 from Artists of any discipline currently residing in California. Any past Lucas Artist Fellow or individuals currently enrolled in a degree program are not eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: 

The application portal at is now open. Submission deadline is February 8, 2013.


All California-based artists working in any discipline, who are not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program or have been Residents of the Lucas Artists Residency Program are encouraged to apply. We are seeking artists who will both significantly benefit from a residency at Montalvo Arts Center and who will contribute to the Arts Center and Residency community while here. Montalvo will not discriminate in its selection on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, martial status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

Collaborators and Collaborative Teams:

Collaborative Teams are welcome to apply. Please submit one application for your team, providing information representative of the collective with bio information included for each member of your group. Individual artists interested in working with collaborators during their residency should indicate this preference in their application with the understanding that this opportunity is provided on a case-by-case basis, and is not guaranteed.

Partner and Family Policy: 

On occasion, Montalvo may allow Fellows to bring partners or family members into Residency. Requests must be made in advance and indicated in the application. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

Application Fee: 

A one-time, non-refundable $35 application fee will be required, this fee is payable through the Slideroom portal:

Residency Fee: 

There is not an additional residency fee for awarded Fellowships.


Selected Fellows receive a one-time living stipend of $1,500 (payment awarded after first month of residency is completed). Artists are responsible for securing their own travel to and from Montalvo.

Financial Support: 

Limited funds are available to support transportation costs; there is no guarantee these funds can be provided, they are made available on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process: 

To apply, you must submit application materials and work samples through Montalvo’s Slideroom portal at Hardcopies will not be accepted.

Residency Duration & Scheduling: 

Selected Artists will be awarded a 1-3 month residency. It is required that Artists are in residency for a minimum of 1 month and are invited to stay up to 3 months, depending upon studio availability. Once selected, Fellows will work with the Residency Manager on securing studio time conducive to the schedules of both the program and the artist. Selected Fellows must complete their residency by January 2015.

Once accepted, Fellows will also review details of the Residency, our policies, and the accommodation and provisions with the Residency Manager.

Application Jury: 

Applications will be reviewed by a Bay Area jury comprised of arts professionals who are well versed in the areas of contemporary art and culture and represent a range of disciplines. Dependent on the number of applications received, Montalvo Arts Programs and Residency team will conduct a first round of reviews in order to provide the Jury with 250 applicants from which they will make their final selection of 24 Fellowships. Applicants will be selected first and foremost based upon the quality of their work.

Notification of Results: 

Artists will be notified via email of their status by mid-April 2013.