Root Division Studio Artist Application Form

Root Division's Studios Program provides a hub for promising emerging artists to interact, develop new work, and give back to the community. We are currently hosting 28 artists in 22 studios that are offered below market rate in exchange for volunteer service.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, with the 1st of each month acting as the deadline for the following month's vacancies (i.e. August 1 deadline for September 1 availability).

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. Our mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts.

As part of the Studios Program, artists volunteer 12 hours a month towards Root Division's mission and are able to get involved in the community in any or all of the following areas:

- Teach art to youth in our after-school Youth Education Program.
- Teach art classes to adults in our Adult Education Program.
- Curate and install exhibitions for our Exhibitions & Events Program.
- Help with marketing, promotion, fundraising, design, and other areas of arts administration.

Please complete this digital application form, and submit the required documents (#2-#5) as PDFs to

1.  Application Form: Completed as this Digital Google Form below.

2.  Cover Letter (PDF at 1MB max): Please introduce yourself and your art practice, tell us why you are interested in joining our Root Division community.

3.  Artist resume and/or Professional resume. (PDF at 1MB max)

4.  Artist Statement (PDF at 1MB max)

5.  Examples of your artwork (up to 12 images), with a corresponding image info. (Ideally the image jpgs and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)

Other notes:

    • Save each required document as a separate PDF file (rather than as one combined file).
    • Label all files: LastName_DocumentDescription (ex: Smith_CV.pdf; Smith_Statement.pdf; Smith_Images.pdf)
    • We will accept your website portfolio link in place of an images/video PDF, but please list images/ links in the order you want us to view them: 01_LastName_Title
    • For Audio, New Media, Video: Submit up to 4 links to uploaded samples (no longer than 4 minutes each). We suggest using hosting sites such as Vimeo, YouTube, etc.

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First Name *
Last Name *
Pronouns *
Email Address *
Street Address *
City *
State *
Postal Code *
Phone Number (including area code) *
Please describe your primary media / art-making process(es) *
(Oil painting, ceramics, collage, digital photography, sound installation, etc)
Mark all of the areas of Root Division in which you hope to become involved. (We ask you to elaborate in the following question.) *
Please describe how you would offer services in each of the programs you've selected above (i.e. teach painting to middle school students, design/teach a course for adults in film-making, help install shows, etc.). *
Please note whether you have experience or would hope to gain experience in that area.
Feel free to leave us any additional comments about why you're interested in becoming a Studio Artist and/or how you hope to become involved.
Please tell us how you heard about Root Division: (web posting, friend, attending an RD event, etc.) *
Would you like to subscribe to our mailing list? *
We offer solo and shared studio spaces that range from 90 - 300 square feet. Shared spaces currently start at $220 per person per month and solo spaces start at $290/ month.

Our studio spaces vary to accommodate for different working conditions. Spaces range from having a great deal of natural light (through sky lights and/or windows) to spaces that provide opportunities for light control. Some spaces are fully enclosed, while others have 10 - 12 foot tall walls (with 1 - 1.5 feet of space from the ceiling for airflow and ventilation).
Ideal amount of space: *
If you selected one of the solo space options above and it isn't available at your move-in date, are you open to sharing a studio space?
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Maximum budget per month: *
Particular amenities desired (check all that apply): *
When is your ideal start date to move into a studio space? *
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