Selection Process

The Lucas Artists Residency
Photo by Bahara Emami
This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Endowment, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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The selection process for the Lucas Artists Programs is set up to ensure the participation of a wide range of talented and committed artists from the local area and around the world. Based on the MacArthur Fellowship system, we use a recommendation/invitational approach with a constantly changing group of nominators and jurors from around the world.

Candidates are identified by members of a panel of nominators and are invited to submit an application for review by a jury of recognized artists and professionals from within their discipline. In addition, with the support of grants from the Hewlett and Irvine Foundations, the Lucas Artists Programs is committed to encouraging the work of local artists within the state of California. Approximately 20 percent participants in the Lucas Artists Programs are California artists selected by nominators and jurors from within the state.

Unlike the “open call” application process, this recommendation/invitational approach allows the organization to target artists from underserved communities and provide them with thoughtful attention by the selection panelists.