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Cubberley Artist Studio Program

 CASP Artists at 2018 Open Studios


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 23 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.

Vision and 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.

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Annual Community Events

Throughout the year, CASP enthusiastically engages the Palo Alto community by hosting public events. CASP artists organize these events, providing a glimpse into working studios and an opportunity to meet artists of this juried long-term residency program.

 Costume workshop at Community Day

Cubberley Community Day

Each year, this annual free community event is filled with something for everyone: kid’s activities, performances & demo’s, food and snacks, art exhibits, information tables by Cubberley renters and tenants to share and discuss their programs, and volunteer opportunities. Selected CASP artists host open studios and art workshops. 

 Andy Muonio presents at MTA

Meet The Artists

Artists of this juried residency program show their work biennially through fast-paced, high energy, 2 minute presentations

Visitors at Public Alchemy 2017 

Public Alchemy

A biennial exhibition curated by CASP artists, which invites local artists to submit work for an entry-fee-free open exhibition. The open exhibition is intended to encourage and draw upon a broad range of community perspectives, aesthetic responses, and media.

 Ernest Regua in his studio

Winter Open Studios / SVOS

Twice a year, artists welcome members of the community into their open studios for workshops, art and refreshments throughout the day. With artwork available for sale, CASP artists create work in a wide range of artistic experiences and media, from traditional fine arts to innovative mixed media, performance and social practice. 

To view the Veterans Day 2017 Collaborative Comic Book Project, created by Danièle Archambault, Paloma Lucas and Servane Briand, view the eBook (automatic download) and PDF online. 

Upcoming Shows and Events

For a full list of our upcoming events and exhibitions, be sure to visit the program calendar.   

Public Alchemy III
March 2-16, 2019
CASP ArtLab (Cubberley Community Center, U-7)

CASP invites local emerging artists to submit work for the third biennial community exhibition, Public Alchemy III. This open exhibition theme is intended to foster and draw upon a broad range of community perspectives, aesthetic responses, and media. Local artists will have the added opportunity this year to gain experience installing their own artwork as part of a larger community show. Cubberley Community Center exists to support and cultivate a diverse range of community interests and groups. Public Alchemy III seeks to build upon this foundation and make space for artistic exchange and dialogue within and between our neighboring communities. This exhibition is free, non-juried and all forms and media are encouraged and will be exhibited, as space allows. For more information, view the full call.

Cubberley Community Day
March 23, 2019
Select activities during Cubberley Community Center's 5th Annual Cubberley Day include:
Cubberley artist open studios
Kids activities and food
Canopy Tree Maintenance.

Cubberley Stock
March 24, 2019, 6 p.m.
CASP ArtLab (Cubberley Community Center, U-7)

Join Palo Alto Public Art and artist/chef Lexa Walsh  on Sunday, March 24 at 6 p.m. in the ArtLab (Cubberley, U-7) when Oakland Stock makes it way to the Cubberley Community Center!

Cubberley Stock is part of an ongoing micro-granting dinner series, which supports local artist projects and offers an opportunity for community members to champion the cultural projects they find important. During Cubberley Stock, diners pay a small admission, share a home-cooked meal, and listen to artists propose new temporary projects that need funding. The diners vote on their favorite proposal to support and the winning artist is awarded the funding from the ticket sales along with matching funds from the Public Art Program to use for their Cubberley-based project. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets for the Cubberley Stock dinner in advance by visiting the EventBrite.

Local artists, performers, and community creatives are invited to submit proposals for a short-term installation or engagement that will temporarily animate the Cubberley Community Center during Spring 2019. For more information, visit the Public Art Artist Opportunities website

Exhibition: La BD en classes de francais (Comics in French Classrooms)
March 28, 6:30-9:30 PM
CASP ArtLab (Cubberley Community Center, U-7)

Comics are fun, innovative and powerful teaching tools and many educators have found creative ways of teaching their curriculum through comics. Language teachers, in particular, can find great possibilities in the comics medium as a way to illustrate linguistic and cultural diversity. Dr. Danièle Archambault, CASP artist, linguist and cartoonist, and Ms. Anne Dumontier, a French teacher at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, combined their interest in comics and graphic novels to create the educational program: French language and culture through comics. 

The exhibition features a series of 40 comic pages created from 2013 to 2018 by students in French language classes. 
Visitors will be invited to create their own comic strips at tables set-up with drawing materials.

NFC Art in Technology Exhibition
April 18-29, 2019
CASP ArtLab (Cubberley Community Center, U-7)

This exhibition will feature CASP and local artists who have embedded the NFC chip into their artwork. NFC, Near Field Communication, is a technology where chips can be easily programmed to display a video, photo collage, website, or more complex info with multimedia programming. When one places a smart phone in close proximity to the chip, it will display the programmed info on the screen. 


Nadya Chuprina, CASP Program Coordinator: (650) 329-2227, Email
Brittany Amante, CASP Program Assistant: (650) 617-3504, Email

Recent Press

Sublime/Transcendent Artist of the Week: Carmina Eliason - Bay Area Art Grid, March 4, 2019

SJMADE '18: Harumo Bakery - Content Magazine, December 2, 2018

City Shows Gratitude to Veterans - Palo Alto Online, November 6, 2018

Eco Echo: Art and Environment Laboratory - Palo Alto Weekly, September 12, 2018

La sobriété volontaire. Banc public. (In French) - Télé-Québec, August 2, 2018

On the Air: Rachael and Sahba's Do List Picks for Apr. 7, 2018 - KQED, April 7, 2018

A+E Calendar: Peninsula Things to Do, Nov 3 and Beyond - San Jose Mercury News, November 2, 2017 

"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