CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ArtSpan Studio Residency Program at the Journal Building:

In September of 2015, ArtSpan launched the Journal Building Studio Residency program to offer below market-rate studio spaces for a seven-month residency program at the Journal Building at 1540 Market Street. Upon completing this successful seven-month experience with a talented and productive group of artists, our lease at the Journal Building has been extended for month-to-month rental.

Studios are now available until the closure of the building, which may be as early as December 2018. 

Studio space is offered to select artists with a project-based need for working space, those who have recently been displaced from their San Francisco studios, and artists who have never had a studio (outside of home or school). Journal Building resident artists are expected to contribute as cooperative members of the residency, to attend monthly meetings, and to complete volunteer hours for ArtSpan. 

Please see below for residency details, requirements, and submission instructions. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. ArtSpan staff will communicate within two weeks of your application submission. 

WHAT: Studio Residency Spaces at the Journal Building  

  • Space: Individually demised spaces within an open floor plan
  • Cost: $175-350/month, varying according to size
  • Includes: Community Space for exhibitions, workshops, critiques, community meetings
  • Required: SF Open Studios Participation (if present during the event)

WHERE: 1540 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

WHEN: Available through December 2018

  • Month-to-month rental contract. (Minimum 2 month contract.) Studios are available until the closure of the building, which may be as early as December 2018. 

WHO: Current ArtSpan Artists ($50 annual membership). 

The ideal candidates will fall within one or more of these three categories:

  • Project-based space need
  • Recently displaced from their San Francisco studio 
  • Have never before had a studio outside of home or school

Artist Requirements:

  • Must be a current ArtSpan Artist Member ($50 annual)
  • Must be pursuing artistic practice as a profession
  • Must dedicate an average of 20 hours/week to work within the studio space  
  • Must be a responsible and collaborative member of the space and help to enforce the studio/building rules
  • Must donate 5 hours/month volunteer work to ArtSpan. Task may include the following: 
  • Managing events or public hours of operation at Journal Building studios
    • SF Open Studios Exhibition Gallery Sitting (if present in October & November)
    • ArtSpan Public Engagement Events
    • ArtSpan office duties
    • ArtSpan Outreach Committee work

 Building/Studio Details and Rules:

  • Artists MUST vacate the studio by the designated date written in the residency agreement. The building owners will impose a $30,000 monthly fine for overstaying the lease.
  • Building access available 24/7. Hours for non-tenant access 7am-10pm.
  • Guests must be accompanied by a tenant at all times. 
  • No residing/living on premises.
  • No furniture of any kind provided by ArtSpan. Studios are unfurnished.
  • No subleasing.
  • No WiFi provided by ArtSpan. The artist will need to provide his/her own WiFi hot spot for personal access, OR contribute funds to join the WiFi plan procured by existing Journal Building artists.
  • No space heaters, heating or cooking appliances allowed within individual units. 
  • Art Mediums: Must be NON-TOXIC and minimal impact. The Residencies at the Journal Building will strive to follow industry best practices wherever and whenever possible with the goal of ZERO impact on residents and the environment.  Allowable materials and acceptable handling and disposal practices subject to change.  Changes will be posted in general areas and distributed to individual studios as they occur.
    • NO toxic paint thinners, no photo fixatives, no resin, no fire, no encaustic, no aerosol, no sawing (large amounts of dust).
    • Ideal for: Acrylic paint, watercolor paint, drawing, assemblage, printmaking, pen & ink, digital media, clay.
  • All material waste must be disposed of responsibly in the proper disposal receptacles on site, or removed from the studio site for proper disposal. 

DEADLINE - Applications accepted on a rolling basis. ArtSpan staff will communicate within two weeks of your application submission. 

Submissions Materials: 

  • 5 images of artwork similar to what you will be working on at the residency
  • Artist Story/Appeal:
    • Artist bio/resume/CV, history as an artist
    • How many years have you been an ArtSpan artist?
    • Submissions Category:
      • Displaced? - Tell us when and why you were displaced. How did that affect your life and art practice?
      • Artist who has never had a studio outside of home or school? - Tell us why it is important for you to have this space.
      • Project Based Need? - Tell us about the project, including your timeframe and work plan, and why you need the space.
    • Is your work or practice community focused? Please explain.
    • Why is creating in San Francisco important to you?

Artist Selection: A committee consisting of ArtSpan staff, ArtSpan board, and ArtSpan community partners will review all applications. Artists who are admitted past the first round of reviews will be contacted for an in-person interview with ArtSpan staff and Journal Building resident artists.

Please contact with any questions. 

Thank you!

  - The ArtSpan Team

ArtSpan's annual Selections Juried Exhibition, elevates artists to a visible place of honor. Success as a professional artist relies on opportunities to be recognized as exceptional, thus ArtSpan produces this exhibition as a vehicle to launch emerging artists’ careers as well as nurture established artists by presenting their work to a distinguished panel of art professionals and collectors. 

Selections 2018 will take place at Heron Arts, July 20 - August 4, 2018. Heron Arts is a gallery, contemportaty arts center, and event space that features local artists and globally relevant cultural productions. The gallery will be open to the public, Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-4pm, during the exhibition dates. ArtSpan will host a public reception on Friday, July 20, 6-8pm, and a VIP event for ArtSpan supporters and Selections Artists on Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-9pm. 

Location: Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, 94103

Important Dates:

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: Sunday, June 10, 11:59pm

Artist Notifications: By Friday, June 22

Artwork Drop-off: Thursday, July 18, 10:00am

Public Artist Reception: Friday, July 20, 6-8pm

Selections VIP Event: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-9pm 

Public Gallery Hours: July 21 - August 4, Wed-Sun, 12pm-4pm

Artwork Pick-up: Saturday, August 4, 4:00pm


For the first time in ArtSpan's 43 year history working with artists, creatives, and community partners all over San Francisco, we are working to create and develop a an art center to call our home -- a true incubator for creative initiative. The ArtSpan Onondaga Art Center, located in the heart of the Excelsior neighborhood, will feature artist studios, a community meeting space, a collaborative gallery, a resource center, and more. Having this space will allow ArtSpan to take root and evolve the organization into something bigger, more innovative, and substantially more impactful. We are poised to cultivate deeper, meaningful in-person connections between artists and the public as we take the San Francisco art scene to the next level. 

In light of ArtSpan's new propensity for growth, the theme for Selections 2018 will be "Germinate." Artists will be asked to think creatively upon this theme, and to submit artworks that embody the idea of expanding into a greater being from a smaller existence. We encourage applicants to explore the concepts around advancement, progression, incubation, and growth. 

Juried Selections:
Artist portfolios will be reviewed electronically by a panel of notable Bay Area art professionals and collectors who share a love of Bay Area art and artists (juror names and titles listed below). Up to 14 artists will be selected with approximately three pieces of artwork each. Artists must be current or new ArtSpan Artists Members to apply. 

The criteria by which we will be considering each proposal are as follows:

  • High level of artistic maturity
  • Distinct point of view
  • Compelling statement of purpose / artist statement

Selections 2018 Jury Panel: 

Philip Bewley, Fine Art Advisor and Curator at DZINE Gallery

Philip Bewley is a Fine Art Advisor and curator for DZINE Gallery, San Francisco. Bewley was previously Gallery Director for Therien & Co, Curator for the Oliver Hawke Gallery, and the Curator for the loan exhibit at the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques show. As a curator, Philip Bewley works primarily with San Francisco Bay Area artists. His current group exhibition for DZINE Gallery, Cracking Nutshells, features 32 San Francisco Bay Area Artists. The majority of works on view are created by the artists especially for the exhibitions. As Fine Art Advisor Philip Bewley has placed significant works of art for private collectors. Philip Bewley’s exhibitions celebrate the dynamic talent and diversity of the artists of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Michael Cuffe, Founder & Editor in Chief of Warholian 

Michael Cuffe is a Founder and Editor in Chief of Warholian, as well as a recognized photojournalist. An expert in the realm of social media and brand building, Cuffe enjoys helping companies to find their identities through creative processes and design. Warholian was founded in 2010 and has since become one of the foremost sites covering the world of contemporary art and culture. Cuffe has spent countless hours visiting galleries and meeting artists in their studios, all in an effort to document, capture, and share what is happening in the contemporary art (and street art) scene around the world. The goal of Warholian is to provide quality press for the arts community, with a drive to inspire and inform the general public about the world of art that surrounds them.

James Fleming, Design Program Manager at Facebook

James Fleming is a writer and curator exploring the intersection of performance, the image, and poetry. He currently produces Pure Futures, an arts publication and pop-up exhibition exploring questions of utopia in art, tech, and design through the lens of a queer political and aesthetic imagination. He is also a Design Program Manager leading creative partnerships across art teams working in visual communication design and augmented reality at Facebook. His latest work can be seen in SFMOMA's Open Space.

Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum 

Renny Pritikin has been a curator and writer in Northern California since 1979, as Director of New Langton Arts, the groundbreaking artist-run space; as the founding visual arts director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; as the director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis; and currently as the Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. He is the author of four books of poetry, and dozens of catalog essays. He has a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State. Honors include a Fulbright to lecture in museums across New Zealand and another lecture tour of Japanese Museums. He taught for eleven years until 2015 as adjunct senior professor in the graduate curatorial program at CCA.

Michelle Robertson, Producer at SF Chronicle/SFGATE

Michelle Robertson is a Bay Area native and producer at the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGATE, where she writes about the ways people live and get by in the region. A contributor to KCBS radio and KTVU, Michelle’s work has appeared in a handful of lifestyle and literary magazines and anthologized in Houghton Mifflin’s “Best Science and Nature Writing” series. Michelle is currently writing a book about “coolness” in America. 

Jessica Weigley, Principal at Siol Studios

In 2007, Jessica co-founded Síol with Kevin Hackett. Since that time, she has co-designed several rooms for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House and was named a “designer to watch” by California Home and Design. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Houzz, and Remodelista, among others.

Jessica leads the interiors team at Síol and believes that designed spaces are akin to a second skin: something we inhabit, reflecting who we are internally to the external world. Her work with clients on both residential and public projects is characterized by deeply examining the relationship between a space and its future inhabitants.

And, more jurors to be announced!


All artwork submitted for review must be ready to hang/install on Thursday, July 18, 2018.  All sizes and visual art mediums are eligible. Artwork should be for sale and available through the close of the exhibition on Sunday, August 5, 2018. ArtSpan will consign the selected artworks and retain a 40% commission on sales. Artists who have gallery representation must obtain permission from said gallery for ArtSpan to display and sell artwork at Selections 2018. 

Artists may submit 3-5 pieces of artwork. We encourage the submission of works that are of the same style or series, creating cohesion when displayed as a collection. 


  • You must be a current ArtSpan Artist Member to apply. Sign-in to check your membership status, or to join as a new member:
  • Upload 3-5 artwork images (File names MUST include: Lastname_artworktitle_height"xwidth").
  • Submit the title, medium, dimensions, year, and price of each artwork.
  • Submit your artist statement (200 words maximum).

Questions: Contact