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L.A. Summer Residency Information

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 and engagement with the Los Angeles contemporary arts community, participants can produce unique work and investigate new ideas. Areas of specialization include: ceramics; digital media (video and animation); furniture design; jewelry; letterpress and book arts; new genre; painting; photography; sculpture; silkscreen’ 3D printing; and wood and metal work. Artists and designers will be hosted at Otis College’s new housing and dining facilities, minutes from LAX and the Pacific.

The inaugural 2017 L.A. Summer Residency brought together 38 participants from different countries, including Australia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and more. We also hosted national artists from New Orleans, San Francisco, New York City, Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and more. The program participants had access to Otis College’s world-class production facilities, and proximity to the thriving Los Angeles arts community.

A limited number of fellowships will be available based on merit. If you would like to be considered for a fellowship, please submit your application by the priority deadline, January 15, 2018.

Your time at the L.A. Summer Residency will include (when applicable):

Housing        Studio Example

        A private, furnished room in shared housing                     Semi-private studios and access to Otis lab spaces

Dining Commons        LetterPress Shop

                      Meals in the Dining Commons                         Full access to Otis College's laboratories and workshops

Dates and Fees

The residency will take place from June 4 through June 30, 2018, at Otis College of Art and Design. The priority deadline for fellowship applicants is January 15, 2018. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. The new extended deadline for applications is February 12, 2018. There is a $20 application fee.

The fee to attend the residency is $3,500, which includes room and board. Notifications will be sent out via email in early March. A $350 deposit fee is required to secure your spot in the residency after notifications go out with the full balance is due in early May. 

Visiting Artists and Curators

Residents will have the opportunity to meet and engage with art and design professionals through studio visits, public lectures, museum visits, and critiques. To find more information on last year's list of Visiting Artists and Curators, check the L.A. Summer Residency Programming page.


    This residency is open to adult (21+) artists and designers of any discipline. An Otis College curated panel will evaluate each application.