SDAI’s MJM Artist-in-Residence program extends on our mission to foster the careers of artists who are emerging and underrepresented by creating a meaningful experience for them to develop and thrive in the San Diego art scene.  Artists working in all media and at any stages of their career are invited to apply for this three month residency. The selected resident receives a private, 200 sq. ft. studio space to create new work, culminating in a presentation at  the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. Residents will have the opportunity to install artwork during their residency in the gallery space.

The selected Artist-in-Residence will be requested to spend a minimum of 20 hours/week working in their studio from the hours of 8am - 6pm on Monday - Friday, 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Artist-in-Residence will be required to give a public lecture and/or workshop during the course of the residency (for which additional stipends will be offered). The artist will be involved in monthly public engagement programming, working closely with SDAI to have opportunities to speak to the public and international student groups about their process. During the course of the residency, we will arrange for visits by area curators to the artist’s studio. The residency will culminate in a three day exhibition at SDAI which will be free and open to the public; the artist will need to be present for the exhibition opening. We offer studio and exhibition space only—we currently do not assist with lodging or travel to/from the residency. Therefore, applicants from the San Diego and Tijuana region are highly encouraged to apply. A stipend of $500 will be rewarded to the chosen resident.

The Residency dates are as follows (exhibition dates to be decided):

Winter: December 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019

Spring: March 1 - May 30, 2019

Our staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of our resident artist.

Application Deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018, 11:59PM PST. The selected Artist-in-Residence will be notified by Monday, October 29, 2018.

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SDAI is currently looking for proposals from twelve artists to create semi-permanent projects that consider the cultural significance of the Vietnamese diaspora and the history of this area of City Heights. The finished artworks will promote the benefits of walkable communities and develop a symbiotic relationship between art, community and commerce.

More specifically, the selected artists will be commissioned to create new, site-specific work that will be installed throughout the Little Saigon district in public, accessible, and visible locations. Administered by SDAI’s curators and selection committee, proposals contracted between $4,000 - $10,000 will be awarded with a goal of up to twelve semi-permanent projects selected and installed by March 2019. Funded activities could include- but are not limited to- murals, building interventions, window displays, outdoor sculpture, lighting projects, digital art, video art, or auditory artworks.

Artists selected are expected to design, fabricate, transport and install the artwork. All projects require a regional focus and therefore, only artists from the Southern California and Baja Mexico region will be considered. After the selection but prior to the creation of the project, the artist will work with the curators and the business owners to inform their work.


Funded by the California Arts Council as part of their Creative California Communities initiative, the Little Saigon Art Walk will culminate in March 2019 with guided walking tours and events including performances, lectures and demos. Included in the Little Saigon Art Walk will be an online map developed with an interactive website of self-guided activities. Artists of Vietnamese descent will make up at least 50% of the artists involved with a strong focus on regional artists. Residents of City Heights / San Diego and artists with proposed work that directly engages the Little Saigon community in San Diego are especially encouraged to apply.


July 11  - Artist Forum at Little Saigon Foundation offices


August 1 - Shortlisted candidates notified

August 13 - Artists chosen and contracted

September 12 - Artist Orientation at TBD

September 22 (tentative) - Mid-Autumn Festival

October 3 - Artist Forum & Community meeting at TBD

November 2018 - January 2019 - Installations

TO APPLY :All applicants are required to submit the items listed here in the format specified via email by Sunday, July 15, 2018, 11:59pm. Incomplete submittals will not be considered.