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Calling all Bay Area artists! The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is excited to announce Artist Studios at The CJM, a new program designed to support Bay Area–based emerging artists in need of studio space as a result of financial hardship or conditions surrounding COVID-19. The CJM will host two individuals from March 4 to August 8, 2021, during which time recipients will be granted daytime use of a private studio space and access to educational resources in the Helen Diller Institute. The two participating artists will also receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Jewish and non-Jewish 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.

Learn more about the program’s mission, requirements, and application instructions below. For any questions, please email curatorial@thecjm.org.

Mission

Artist Studios at The CJM is intended to ensure that local artists continue to thrive in spite of today’s immense challenges. We aim to do this by providing in-kind studio space to emerging artists based in the Bay Area who are in need of workspace as a result of financial hardship or conditions surrounding COVID-19. The 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.

Benefits

The selected artists for Artist Studios at The CJM will receive:

  • In-kind studio space for a five-month period from March 4 through August 8, 2021
  • A $1,000 honorarium and a $350 stipend for local travel
  • An Individual-level membership to The CJM, which includes one year of unlimited free admission for one individual plus one guest; Members-only preview access; and virtual Member programs and events
  • Access to educational resources in the Helen Diller Institute, upon request; situated within The Museum’s administrative offices, the Helen Diller Institute serves as a hub for research, education, and dialogue and is home to a collection of CJM exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, and books on Jewish life and culture
  • As a process-based residency, artists work independently with no expectation to produce or present finished work; however, The CJM requires participation in one virtual public talk with CJM curators and one educational program
  • While not required, other opportunities for engagement are available, including occasional engagement with The Museum’s social media platforms and collaborations with The CJM’s Public Programs and Education departments
Eligibility

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

Selection Criteria

  • 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

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, marital or domestic partner status, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.   

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, The CJM will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Studios and Facilities

Studio access is available during staff operating hours, up to five days per week. Specific days and times will be predetermined jointly by the artist and The Museum. Two artists will participate concurrently and will utilize separate, secure spaces:

Ronald and Anita Wornick Board Room (Studio A) 

  • 700 square feet
  • Double-door entry
  • Consumer-grade wash sink, not appropriate for disposal of solids
  • Carpeted
  • Standard fluorescent lighting
  • Ventilation system is shared, and therefore cannot support chemical intensive processes
  • No windows or doors to outside (no natural light)
A photo of a large room in The Contemporary Jewish Museum, with a wooden floor and white walls.

Ronald and Anita Wornick Board Room (Studio A)

Sala Webb Education Center Classroom (Studio B)

  • 1,000 square feet
  • Two single-door entries
  • Two consumer-grade wash sinks, not appropriate for disposal of  solids
  • Linoleum floor
  • Standard fluorescent lighting
  • Ventilation system is shared and therefore cannot support chemical-intensive processes
  • No windows or doors to outside (no natural light)
A photo of a room in The Contemporary Jewish Museum, with angled white walls and an orange floor.

Sala Webb Education Center Classroom (Studio B) 

Both studios are ADA-compliant and fully accessible to people with disabilities. For further information on access, please visit the link below or contact access@thecjm.org

Due to the non-traditional nature of these studio spaces, conditional use will be defined in consideration of the artist’s physical practice.

Additional Facilities

  • Access to Museum loading dock, upon request
  • Access to public restrooms
  • Access to Museum exhibitions and Wise Sons Deli at The CJM during regular operating hours
  • Access to the Helen Diller Institute, upon request
Application

Instructions

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF with a file size of no more than 15 MB total, and labeled as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_2021.pdf. Please email the application to curatorial@thecjm.org with the subject line “Artist Studios” by Monday, January 4, 2021. Please include the following items in your application:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest outlining what this opportunity would mean to you and your need for studio space, including a description of what you plan to work on while at The CJM (i.e. research, development, production); please also specify your facility needs and intended level of engagement with community, education, and social media (maximum word count: 500)
  • Contact information for three personal or professional references
  • Five to ten work samples with captions; for image files and writing submissions (limit ten pages), please include in application PDF; for video and audio files, please submit as a link to an online service such as YouTube, Vimeo, soundcloud, etc.

Please note that artist groups should submit a single application. For questions on the application, please see our application FAQ below, or email curatorial@thecjm.org.

Important Dates

Artist Studios at The CJM is active for five months, from March 4–August 8, 2021.

  • Application deadline: Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Selected artists announced: Monday, February 1, 2021
  • Artist Studios begins: Thursday, March 4, 2021
  • End of program: Sunday, August 8, 2021

*Program dates may be subject to change due to conditions dictated by closures due to COVID-19.

Health and Safety
  • All Museum facilities, including the studios, have 24-hour security
  • Access to studios will be provided by Museum security personnel; artists will not hold room keys
  • As a health and safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, artists are required to self-certify prior to daily entry, as is required of all Museum staff and personnel
  • Studio guests are limited to two people per visit (three people total including artist), and must be arranged in advance through Museum staff
  • Studio access is subject to San Francisco health and safety mandates requiring building closures due to COVID-19 developments

Our highest priority is the health and safety of our visitors and staff. To ensure we provide a safe and clean environment, we have implemented a number of safety measures that are in strict compliance with the City of San Francisco and the State of California. For questions or concerns, please contact us at curatorial@thecjm.org.

Application FAQ

When is the application due?

6pm on Monday, January 4, 2021

When will the studio spaces be available?

The studios will be active for five months, from March 4 to August 8, 2021. These dates are contingent on museum closure due to COVID health and safety protocols and are subject to change.

Where are the studios?

The studios are located at The Contemporary Jewish Museum — 736 Mission Street — in downtown San Francisco, close to Yerba Buena Center and the Montgomery BART Station.

Prior to COVID-19, I didn’t have a workspace, but I need one now. Can I still apply?

Yes. The studio program is open to any local artist in need of a workspace, who may be dealing with financial difficulties or challenges related to COVID-19.

I’ve been working from home or in a shared space, but I really need a separate workspace. Can I still apply?

Yes.

I don’t live in the Bay Area right now, but I used to live there, went to school there, or live there on and off. Can I still apply?

If you are deeply invested in the Bay Area arts community and can demonstrate your past engagement with and continued dedication to the community, The Museum will consider your application.

Do I have to be Jewish to apply?

No. Artist Studios at The CJM is open to all Bay Area-based emerging artists who fit our eligibility criteria (see “Eligibility” above).

Will I have access to a woodshop or fabrication support?

At this time, The Museum cannot provide direct fabrication support or materials to the selected artists. However, our staff are available, upon request, to support the shipping/receipt of artwork and personal studio supplies through The Museum’s secured loading dock.

Do the studios have a ventilation system?

The studio ventilation system is connected to the rest of the building, and therefore cannot support chemical-intensive processes involving large quantities of solvents, varnishes, sawdust or other particulates, smoke, or excessive fumes. If you are unsure about the suitability of your material process for the studio space, please contact us at curatorial@thecjm.org.

Can I present my work to the public in one of The CJM’s galleries?

While Museum galleries are not available to exhibit artwork made in the studios, participating in this program will include one virtual public artist talk with CJM curators, and one educational program. Other opportunities include occasional engagement with The CJM’s social media platforms, and collaborations with The Museum’s Public Programs and Education departments. 

Can I visit the studios before applying?

The studios are not available for in-person visits prior to artist selection. However, The Museum can provide additional site visuals and details upon request. Please contact us at curatorial@thecjm.org for more information.

Will I be able to access the studio if there is a city/state-mandated shelter-in-place order?

Our highest priority is the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community. In accordance with city and state guidelines based on California’s four-tier color-coded classification system, the program dates of Artist Studios at The CJM may be subject to change or cancellation due to COVID-19. In the event of a city-wide closure, the studios will not be accessible on a day-to-day basis. In such an event, The CJM will work with the selected artists to adjust the studio program timeline.