Cubberley Artist Studio Program

The City of Palo Alto's Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) is a unique rent-subsidized program with 22 artist studios for long-term and short-term artist residencies. Rent-subsidized studios at CASP are provided in exchange for artist-led free public programming, which contributes to the vitality of the arts in Palo Alto and creates a dynamic cultural destination. After a juried selection process, 22 artists are currently in a long-term four-year residency with the CASP Program. They work in a rich diversity of media including installation, mixed media, painting, printmaking, interdisciplinary art, photography, sculpture, film, textile, woodworking and performance.

Upcoming Events

FREE Portfolio Reviews for artists at any stage

Saturday, April 01, 2023

Portfolio review information

Get another set of eyes on your work. Benefit from our experience. Network. Talk Art. Let us cheer on you. We are here to support you.

Who? Artists at any age at any stage. Everyone is welcome.

When? Saturday, April 1, 2023

How? Reservations are required. Please contact the artist(s) directly to schedule an in-person or virtual 20-minute appointment.

Participating Artists part of the juried-in Cubberley Artist Studio Program:

Elizabeth Bennett (interdisciplinary)

Tara de la Garza (mixed media)

Martha Sakellariou (interdisciplinary/installation)

Jaya Griscom (textiles)

Eric Fei Guan (painting) MANDARIN ONLY

Shannon G. Wright (sculpture/installation)

Nina K. Ekman (textile/painting)

Ala Mohseni (film/performance)

Charlotta Hauksdottir (photography/mixed media)

Cynthia Brannvall (textile/interdisciplinary)

Adrienne Defendi (photography/printmaking)

Brittany Bradley (photography)

Nasim Moghadam (interdisciplinary)

Kiana Honarmand (interdisciplinary) FARSI ALSO

Sang-ah Choi (painting) KOREAN ALSO


Open Studios Saturday, April 29, 2023


The artists in residence with the Cubberley Artist Studio Program are excited to welcome the public to their studios at their next Open Studios event on Saturday April 29, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.!

Program Information


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 for long-term and short-term artist residencies. The program is administered by the Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto.

Vision & Program Goals

  • 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.

How to Apply

The next cycle for applying for long-term studio space with the Cubberley Artist Studio Program opens in the spring of 2026. If you have any questions in the meantime, and would like to apply for a short-term studio residency, please email Artist Studio Program Coordinator:

Artist's Responsibilities

Community Service: Each artist is expected to offer at least two individual/collaborative free City Programs per calendar year, such as workshops, artist talks, mentoring, and portfolio critiques.

CASP Events: All artists are expected to participate in two all-CASP events per calendar year, currently Open Studios in the spring and fall.

General Participation: Artist are expected to participate in and contribute to internal community building efforts.  

Artwork Donation: Artists will donate one of their artworks during their first residency term, to the City’s Public Art Collection. 

Regular use of studio space: Artist agrees to maximize the frequency of use of the studio. 

Be a good neighbor: Artist shall be a good neighbor with fellow artists, the community, and City.

Annual Review: Participation in an annual review process will be conducted by City staff. 

Resources for CASP Artists

To ensure the CASP program is maintaining its mission of supporting the vitality of the arts in Palo Alto, artists in the program are asked to maintain responsibilities and requirements as outlined in the following documents:

CASP Artists in Press

Cubberley artists hold open studios Saturday - Palo Alto Online, June 2, 2022

Local Palo Alto Artists At Cubberley To Host Open Studios Event - Patch, June 2, 2022

ArtUp open studios event makes an impression with free prints - Palo Alto Online, November 11, 2021

Palo Alto Artists To Host Open Studios Event With Activities - Patch, November 3, 2021

Community artists make Palo Alto-themed birdhouses (Darryl Dieckman) - Palo Alto Online, August 12, 2021

Everyday life becomes history in new mural celebrating Los Altos (Martha Sakellariou) - Mountain View Voice, June 23, 2021

Chandrika Marla - Vasari 21, January 31, 2021

Silicon Alleys: Flying Colors (Chandrika Marla) metro active, September 9, 2020

Martha Sakellariou Walks of Art (Martha Sakellariou) - Content Magazine, CONTENT, Issue 12.4 Autumn 2020, pg 50-55

CASP presents its first virtual exhibition (CASP exhibit, curated by Pantea Karimi and Barbara Boissevain) - Palo Alto Weekly, July 20, 2020

Meet the international artist behind Palo Alto's mysterious new garage-door murals (Martha Sakellariou) - The Six-Fifty, July 14, 2020

Palo Alto artist creates Triple El neighborhood murals (Martha Sakellariou) - Palo Alto Online, June 30, 2020

Artist Designs Murals for Curious Times (Martha Sakellariou) - The Eichler Network, June 22, 2020

Menlo Park's Tara de la Garza makes public art for the 'Plastocene' era (Tara de la Garza) - Palo Alto Online, June 19, 2020

SV Laureates 2020 Content Emerging Artist (Harumo Sato) - SVCreates, May 15, 2020

She is Everything - Every Woman's Journey - Chandrika Marla (Chandrika Marla) - Los Gatos Living, April, 2020

San Jose Exhibit Honors Forgotten Women In Science (Pantea Karimi) - KQED, February 20, 2020

t.w.five (t.w.five) - Content Magazine, Discover 13:1, Winter 2020 

Artist, Harumo Sato (Harumo Sato) - Content Magazine, January/February, 2020

Previous Events

Open Studios

November 12, 2022

The artists in residence with the Cubberley Artist Studio Program partnered up with The Factronauts and Cubberley partners FOPALDance Magic, and the Melody Academy of Music for performances throughout the day. Over 150 visitors attended the event!

harumo guests pantea guests


June 4, 2022

The artists in residence with the Cubberley Artist Studio Program partnered up with Cubberley partners Dance ConnectionDance Magic, and the Melody Academy of Music for pop-up dance and music performances throughout the day. Over 100 visitors attended the event!

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November 13, 2021

The first Open Studios since the pandemic started was a huge success with over 300 visitors. The CASP artists also released limited edition risoprints leading up to the event, and offered free prints to the first 200 visitors onsite as part of their collaborative project ArtUp



Virtual CASP exhibit

Finding Beauty in an Imperfect World

Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) Artists Barbara Boissevain and Pantea Karimi curated a virtual exhibit featuring the work of fourteen artists in residence at CASP. “Finding Beauty in an Imperfect World” features diverse work ranging from painting, bookmaking, printmaking, and photography, and was created as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order. The project aims to capture creative responses varying from finding beauty in our everyday lives to expressions of hope and fear and the process of healing. Ultimately, “Finding Beauty in an Imperfect World” encourages the discovery of what these unprecedented times mean for artists and commonalities between their experiences.

Participating artists: Sahba Shere, Elizabeth Bennett, Servane Briand, Paloma Lucas, Catherine di Napoli, Martha Sakellariou, Tara de la Garza, Melissa Day, Chandrika Marla, Robin Mullery, Harumo Sato, t.w.Five, Barbara Boissevain, and Pantea Karimi

Virtual Exhibition: The virtual exhibit was on view from July 13 to August 24, 2020.

Map & Directions

The Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) is located in wings E, F and U of the Cubberley Community Center.

Cubberley studios map January 2023


Denise Laxen di Zazzo
Artist Studio Program Coordinator 

(650) 617-3506

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