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L.A. Summer Residency


The L.A. Summer Residency offers artists and designers the opportunity to work side-by-side in an immersive environment within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles. Through access to Otis College’s advanced production studios, facilities, and deep engagement with the Los Angeles contemporary arts community, participants can produce unique work and investigate new ideas. Artists and designers will be hosted at our new housing and dining facilities, minutes from LAX and the Pacific Ocean.

If you would like to nominate someone within your community for this program, please complete a Summer Programs Nomination Form and our office will reach out to them with your nomination.

Dates and Fees

This year there will be two sessions of the L.A. Summer Residency. Session A will take place May 19 - June 7.Session B will take place June 9 - June 28. Priority applications are due by January 30, 2019 to be considered for a fellowship. The final deadline for all applications is March 1, 2019. There is no application fee.

The fee to attend the residency is $2,800, which includes room and board. There are limited fellowships available for the program. To be considered for a fellowships you must complete your application by the priority deadline of January 30, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out via email in March. A deposit is required to secure your spot in the residency after notifications go out.


Applications are now open! Please click the apply now button below to begin your application. You are able to save your application and return to it at anytime before the application deadline. Sign up to be notified of additional information regarding the LA Summer Residency. 




As a participant in the LA Summer Residency, you will have access to many of the College's resources including the Labs and Shops, Studio spaces, as well as the dining and housing facilities. 

Labs and Shops

Lab Example

                                          Residency participant Juliana Coles working in the Ahmanson Printmaking Lab

Otis College facilities include: Painting Studios, Photography Lab, Lighting Studio & Green Screen, Video Lab, Laboratory Press, Wood, Model and Metal Shops, Printmaking Lab, Sculpture Studio, Ceramics Studio, and more. To learn more about our facilities, please check out Labs and Shops.

Artist Studios

Studio           Studio Example

   Studio example in the Galef Center for Fine Arts                            Another semi-private studio in the Galef Center

Each artist or designer, when applicable, will be given their own dedicated, semi-private, 24-hour access studio space. Each studio measures approximately 8 feet by 8 feet. Please refer to the above images to view an example of last year's studio set up. There will be power and additional lighting available based on need. We also ask that you include your plans for your time at the L.A. Summer Residency in your application so an adequate space for your needs can be provided.


Housing Room

During your time at the L.A. Summer Residency, you will be housed in the new Otis College Residence Hall. The Residence Hall is located on the Otis College campus, minutes from your studio as well as Otis College's labs and shops. 

You will be sharing a traditional quad suite with one other artist/designer during your stay. Each quad has two self-contained, unique keycard bedrooms. You will share a common space along with the bathroom with one other Resident.

Included in your stay are linens and towels, however, you may want to bring your own for your comfort. Each floor contains coin-operated laundry facilities and a Resident Advisor to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. When checking in, you will be given a unique keycard that gives you access to the Residence Hall along with your meals at the Otis College dining commons.


The LA Summer Residency has a number of programs part of the Residency including, a Keynote Speaker, Artist Nights, Artist Mentors, and a trip to an LA cultural institution. Programs, speakers, and trips will be added to the website as they become confirmed. 

Artist Nights

During the residency, participants are invited to share their work with fellow artists in an informal and intimate setting on select evenings. Artist Nights are run by program participants and encourage artists to share their work and talk about their practice and creative goals. Critiques are offered in a supportive environment and artists have the opportunity to inspire each other.


Sherrill Roland


Residency participant Sherrill Roland explains The Jumpsuit Project and how his practice expanded during his time at the L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College.


Heather Merckle


Residency participant Heather Merckle describes her process and what Otis College's production studios offered during her residency experience.


Orly Ruaimi


Residency participant Orly Ruaimi on working with artists from across the globe in the creative community of Los Angeles.


Jessica Meuse


Residency participant Jessica Meuse reflects on her time in Los Angeles at the L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College.


Kelly Heaton