Cubberley Artist Studio Program


The Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) supports the vitality of the arts in Palo Alto by providing City-sponsored, affordable studio space for artists, building creative community and fostering public engagement with the arts and artists. The Cubberley Artist Studio Program consists of 22 studios, currently housing 22 artists; a rotating studio available for residences of up to 3 months; and the ArtLab, a community programming and exhibition space. The program is administered by Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto.


• Create an artist community that fosters diverse and numerous opportunities for growth and collaboration in the creation of new work.

• Ensure the representation of a wide range of experience in terms of artistic disciplines, artistic development, as well as diverse cultural and aesthetic approaches.

• Create a dynamic and accessible cultural destination for the community, with economic value for the resident artists.

• Foster active engagement with and visibility with the Palo Alto and surrounding  communities.

• Continue to increase the prestigious and competitive reputation of the program. Ensure that the program is accessible, open, inclusive, equitable, and responsive to the community need for studio space.



The Public Alchemy community exhibition will next be held in early 2019.


"Inside Cubberley" - Palo Alto Online, August 14, 2017
"Artist Masters Old, New Techniques" – Palo Alto Daily Post Feature on Charles Woodruff Coates, May 5, 2017
Why Palo Alto Subsidizes Studio Rents for Priced Out Artists” – KQED, November 17, 2016
James Turrell in Palo Alto: Hot Art Bling the New Thing on the Peninsula” – KQED, April 27, 2016



Check back soon to see ongoing CASP programs and exhibitions


• Meet the Artists of Cubberley: Artist Presentations and Open Studios
Presented in collaboration with Friends of the Palo Alto Library, learn about CASP and meet the artists of this juried long-term residency program.
Cubberley Community Center, Wings E, F and U
4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Artist Presentations 12:00 – 1:00. Watch fast-paced presentations from all the artists, hear about their work and workshops.
Open Studios 1:30-5:30. Join the artists in their studios for workshops, art and refreshments

• Veteran Photography Exhibition
November 4 - 18, 2017
Curated by CASP artist Conrad Johnson, this exhibition will be comprised of a video documentary and veteran photography work


CASP artists will display their work at Telegraph Hill Gallery in San Francisco, in two separate shows, RETROFIT 1.0, May 20–June 17, and RETROFIT 2.0, June 24–July 22, 2017. In keeping with the exhibition theme, the show’s curators, CASP artists Mel Day and Marianne Lettieri, selected older pieces the artists revised. The exhibit includes work from 21 artists working in diverse media, including photography, painting, sculpture, fiber arts, printmaking and mixed media.
Telegraph Hill Gallery
491 Greenwich Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
RETROFIT 2.0 runs June 24-July 22; Reception on Saturday, June 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

• Pantea Karimi: Blind Spot, a dialogue
Solo exhibition for CASP artist Pantea Karimi, curated by Hanna Regev
Ruth's Table, Bethany Center Foundation
3171 21st Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Gallery Hours: M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM by appointment. Call: 415-642-1000
Closing Reception: Friday, June 30th, 5-7 p.m.

RETROFIT 1.0 May 20-June 17

"Metamorphosis: Artist and Youth Voices on Immigration," Saturdays and Sundays, June 10 - June 18, 2017
In this multi media exhibit, Bay Area artists and high school students explored the immigrant experience here in the United States. The exhibit intended to spark discussions about this important topic and offer new viewpoints on human rights by highlighting the personal stories of these artists. Included in the exhibit was artwork by non-immigrant artists who seek to champion the value and diversity of the Bay Area's immigrant populations at a time when they are increasingly under siege. The exhibit was curated by CASP artist and educator, Barbara Boissevain whose own art practice seeks to cultivate awareness and provoke meaningful discourse about social and environmental issues.

Opening Reception for "Metamorphosis" and Interactive Talk of Migratory Cultures
Saturday, June 10, 7 - 10 pm
Migratory Cultures was a site-specific video projection mapping and documentary video project. Artists Robin Lasser and G.Craig Hobbs collaborated with Bay Area youth to create a temporary installation featuring outdoor video mapped projections onto surfaces and structures at the Cubberley site. Imagery included portraits of individuals and students who Lasser collaborated with to capture stories for this project.

Open Door Archive Mixed Media Writing Practice with Lessa Bouchard
Saturdays, April 15 - May 13, 2017 -- These sessions featured an opportunity to exercise your creative juices! They included a series of short timed writings (5-10 min, 15 min, 20 min.) based on writing prompts, with a goal of creative writing practice. No judgments, no censorship, just write.


Brittany Amante, CASP Program Assistant,

CASP Press Release

Palo Alto Art Exhibit Gives Voice to Youth on the Topic of Immigration - 6/6/2017

San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill Gallery Reopens after Construction with Works from Palo Alto’s Cubberley Artists - 4/18/2017

Public Alchemy: Cubberley Artist Studio Program Presents an Entry-Fee-Free Open Exhibition for Local Artists - 1/30/2017

Cubberley Artists Exhibit New Diverse Works During 16th Annual Winter Event - 11/17/2016

A Look Behind the Scenes at the Cubberley Artist Studios During the 30th Annual SVOS Celebration - 5/9/2016

Public Alchemy: Inaugural Community Exhibition at Cubberley Community Center - 2/23/2016

Cubberley Artists Present Dynamic New Work at Free Community Events This Month - 11/3/2015

Cubberley Artists Showcase Their Work at Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) - 4/28/2015

Artists Announced For The Newly Relaunched Cubberley Artist Studio Program - 09/12/2014

Revamped Palo Alto Art Studios Becoming a Bay Area Cultural Destination - 06/11/2014

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2017