Artist-in-Residence Program

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Jewelry & Small Metals

We invite artists who are experienced in contemporary metalsmithing and/or jewelry design to apply for our Artist-In-Residence program. The aim of the program is to foster creative, intellectual and professional growth for emerging and established visual artists. It is designed to provide a shared creative experience that is mutually beneficial for both the artist and the School. As the only independent college of art in Texas, the Southwest School of Art is a vital part of the visual arts scene in city, the state and the region, which provides our resident artists with numerous opportunities for exposure and networking. Our beautiful, historic campus is located in downtown San Antonio, along the nationally famous River Walk, and serves as a great setting for making art.


Each Artist-In-Residence has access to a variety of equipment and is provided with a semi-private space that is located within a community studio environment. During the residency, a public presentation of the artist’s work will be scheduled and promoted. A certain degree of flexibility has been built into the program to accommodate scheduling needs of the resident artist. While our residency program does not include a stipend, teaching opportunities may exist for qualified applicants.


Application Information & Requirements

  • While applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, proposals should be submitted at least six (6) months prior to the applicant's proposed start date.
  • Interested artists should send a letter of application to:

Southwest School of Art
300 Augusta
San Antonio, TX 78205
Attn: Jillian Sortore – Metals Department Chair

  • The application letter should provide a project description and an outline of the goals for the proposed residency. It should also include:
    • A résumé with complete contact information
    • CDs containing the applicant's work, as it relates to their artistic interests (links to online sites are also acceptable)
    • Names and contact information for two (2) individuals who can serve as references for the applicant's artistic qualifications
    • The proposed dates for the residency
    • A self-addressed stamped envelope for return of samples or materials (if applicable)


  • Artists may repeat residencies no more than once every five years.
  • Artists are expected to provide their own transportation and materials.
  • Although housing is not typically provided as part of our residency program, housing assistance may be possible, depending on the length and time of residency.

NOTE:  Proposals involving collaborative projects should include a statement of how the artists will work together and should identify a primary contact person.

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