Artist Opportunities

The Palo Alto Public Art Program works extensively with local, regional and national artists to bring permanent and temporary artworks that build the visual identity and reflect the diverse and exciting environment of the City of Palo Alto. Through its Percent for Art Program, the City provides opportunities for artists to create original works of art that comprise Palo Alto's rapidly growing collection of permanent and portable artworks.

Artists who wish to be considered for public art opportunities associated with construction in private development projects, please contact Program Director Elise DeMarzo by email.

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Current Call for Artists: Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) Full residency term (2023-2026)

Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 23:59 PM (PST)

The City of Palo Alto has an open call for artists seeking affordable studio space to apply to the Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP). This unique opportunity to apply for a four-year studio at below market rates is open until June 6! 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.

CASP seeks applications from practicing artists with exhibition history at any stage in their careers, who could demonstrate that studio residency with CASP would make a significant impact on their artistic development. Artists residing in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area region are eligible to apply, although artists residing in Palo Alto will have preference. CASP recognizes the increasing fluidity in contemporary artists’ working practices between and across disciplines. Artists working in traditional visual media such as printmaking, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, and photography, as well as interdisciplinary artists and artists working in such disciplines as performance art, new media, sound and digital art, installation art, public art, and social practice, are encouraged to apply. Artists who work collaboratively in a group of up to three individuals are eligible to apply. The primary use of CASP studios must be focused on the creation of new artwork.

We expect at least 10 studios to be available on January 1, 2023. Total number of available studios depends on the number of returning incumbent CASP Artists. Reapplying incumbent CASP Artists will have priority assuming they have met the terms of the contract during their first term. Incumbent CASP artists eligible for the 2nd 4-year term will remain in their current studios or may choose to request another vacant studio. Remaining studios will be assigned based on the results of the selection process. The current application is for a 4-year residency term. If selected to CASP, first-time applicant artists will be able to apply for another 3-year term.

Studio sizes range from 360 to 960 square feet. Rent is subsidized by the City of Palo Alto (with commercial rate approximately $2.50-$4.50/square foot). Current rental rates are $1.02/square foot for Palo Alto residents and $1.14/square foot for non-residents. Rental rates are subject to change in accordance with the Municipal Fee Schedule on an annual basis at the start of the new fiscal year.  

VIEW THE FULL CALL AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS HERE(PDF, 421KB)

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Artist Resources

Visit Americans for the Arts (AFTA) website for up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field, including information about relief funds, resource pages and other helpful tools, articles and creative opportunities. 

Californians for the Arts is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary organization focused on advancing and building public awareness of the value and impact of arts, culture and creativity across California.

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for individuals and organizations engaged in the field of public art. PAN is dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.

AFTA Public Art Resource Center is an online portal that provides a wide range of tools and resources tailored to the needs of professionals working in the public art field.

Forecast Public Art fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking. For 40 years, Forecast has improved the collective life of communities through a unique combination of responsive consulting services, rare one-to-one support for public artists, and abundant resources, including Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art magazine.

SlideRoom is a comprehensive application management system to accept and review applications and capable of handling media, forms and references all in one place.

CaFÉ, Call for Entry is a comprehensive tool for all artists looking for arts opportunities — from competitions to public art calls. Additionally, CaFÉ enables organizations to build their calls for artists, manage applications jurying process in a cost-effective way.

CODAworx is an online community for artists and design professionals to showcase their work, collaborate with one another, and earn recognition for their projects. 

Founded in July 2016, the Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) is a service organization that focuses on networking and community building through the arts.