Call For Entries

Call For Entries:

Application deadline: July 8, 2020

Residency provides free studio space and a stipend of $1,000. This is a live-out residency; housing is not provided. Selected artists must live within driving distance of MarinMOCA.

Download prospectus here for complete details

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA) invites applications from local, national, and international artists for a one-year studio residency on our campus in Novato, California. This Artist-in-Residence program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual, and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists. The residency offers the artist the gift of time to experiment and realize new work while giving the community opportunities to connect and learn from the artist’s art practice and knowledge.


Check your calendar to ensure you can commit to the full residency. February 1 - December 31, 2021. 

You will need to submit:

  • 10 images of your work produced during the last 4 years.
  • A proposal, approximately 600 words, in pdf or .doc form, explaining your artistic goals for the residency and how you will fulfill the public programming component.  Include names and email addresses of two personal or professional references (letters are not required).
  • Artist statement (artists who have websites are encouraged to submit their URL address)
  • Artist resume
  • Artist bio

Apply online here via EntryThingy


MarinMOCA is an independent, non-profit contemporary art museum in Marin County, California. Located just 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, it is a thriving gathering place for the local arts community. MarinMOCA offers exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in five galleries, an Artist-in-Residence program, an Art Education program, 58 artist studios, and a museum store, making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. Novato is centrally located between San Francisco, Sonoma, and Napa, with easy access to public transit, bike and hiking trails, and parking.

MarinMOCA's Artist in Residence program is offered in partnership with the City of Novato, with administrative support from MarinMOCA. The program begins February 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021, and offers free studio space plus a $1,000 stipend.

The MarinMOCA Artist in Residence program does not provide housing for artists. Please contact MarinMOCA directly for resources regarding housing during the residency period.


The artist will be provided with 24-hour access to a private, enclosed studio (227 square feet) at MarinMOCA. This studio is equipped with lighting, heat, and a table and chair. The artist will have access to the on-site kiln, if needed, and the larger classroom space, as available.  There is a small kitchen on site with a refrigerator and a microwave.

The artist will be surrounded by over 50 artists who provide an atmosphere of friendly and inspiring artistic dialogue. Courtesy and mutual respect of other artists working on site is required.

The selected artist(s) will receive a stipend of $1,000 during their stay, with $500 provided at the start of the residency and the balance provided at the six-month point. All other costs for material or travel will be covered by the artist. The artist chosen will be a valued and integral part of MarinMOCA’s programming and outreach to the community, and in this spirit resident artists are expected to commit themselves for the entire residency awarded to them.

Resident artists are required to offer 6-8 hours per month of public programming to the community.

This is a live-out residency; housing is not provided. Selected artists must live within driving distance of MarinMOCA.

The MarinMOCA resident artist will be given a solo exhibition at the end of their residency.

Qualified applicants are professional individual artists over the age of 21; the program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.

Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but MarinMOCA cannot support the use of some hazardous materials or noise-intensive mediums.  Contact the MarinMOCA office if there are any questions.

The studio may be used for art-making activities only.