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The Artist in Residence [AIR] Program is HCL’s flagship program, designed to promote the growth of artists and their work by providing an environment of experimentation and discovery that is accessible and supports the artist to flourish. It is fundamental for HCL to provide tangible, direct, and nimble resources for artists that meet their specific needs to continue to grow their practice.


Residency begins: Monday, November 2, 2020
Residency concludes: Monday, November 1, 2021

Artists across disciplines are invited to apply for support of the creation of new work in any stage of development. Since 2009, HCL has awarded residencies to over 200 independent artists as a part of its mission. Artists receive free studio space, documentation, marketing, and fundraising support, and have the opportunity to show work at every stage of creation with HCL producing support. In 2020, HCL is instituting a $1,000 cash stipend per Residency, to be remitted over the course of the residency year.

The values guiding HCL’s AIR program are:

  • artistic freedom through the fulfillment of a process that encourages collective and personal exploration and growth;
  • cultural diversity through the broadening of access to the arts.
  • universal principles of equity, respect, and inclusion;
  • personal conduct to treat others in a straightforward and respectful manner, celebrate achievement in others, and promote an ambitious entrepreneurial culture.

During the residency, artists are encouraged to further their research, funding, and development support for the project. In addition, they may organize and are encouraged to participate in HCL-organized events designed to open the studio in order to spur, develop, examine, and articulate ideas, including:

  • peer-to-peer showings
  • facilitated dialogues
  • workshops
  • digital documentation as a process tool
  • reflective writing
  • access to the resources of partners, research institutions, and the civic community

NEW IN 2020:

  • $1,000 cash stipend per Residency
  • Residency length is twelve months [beginning Monday, November 2, 2020, ending Monday, November 1, 2021]


HCL Studio

The HCL Studio (Mary Lowe Bailey, 2016)

THE STUDIO is located on the fourth floor of Mana Contemporary, at 2233 S. Throop.

The total studio size is 1,700 square feet and has 6 pillars that run three feet from the length of two walls. The room is enclosed by two glass walls visible from the common hallways and two solid walls. The studio floor is three inches high from the hallway floor, requiring a small step up. The room has three lockable exit/entry doors.

The studio provides 1,500 square feet of sprung wood flooring with marley. It is equipped with 1 ceiling-mounted projector, PA system, baby grand Steinway piano, 20 folding chairs, 4 stools, floor cushions, 2 folding tables.

The two glass walls of the studio allow in the lighting from the common hallways, which have motion sensors programmed by Mana Contemporary. The glass walls may create a reverberant space for sound and music. For full privacy, sound management and light control, black cloths are available by HCL. HCL can schedule temporary shutoff of the sensors by special request.  For any installation requiring drilling or hanging into wall and ceiling surfaces please consult with HCL staff.


Applications open: Monday, August 24, 2020
Applications close: Friday, October 16, 2020

The successful applicant to the AIR program is an emerging or established individual or collective with a record of creating work and clear goals for their residency. Artists may apply with projects at any stage of development and across any, or many, disciplines. HCL provides appropriate support at every stage of research, creation, workshop, presentation, and post-premiere. We do not accept artists currently enrolled in any form of degree program.

The application will consist of a short questionnaire with general information about the artist or artist collective, including an artist bio, artist statement, project statement, outline or detail of project budget and timeline.

The applicant review and evaluation is by HCL staff and Artistic Advisory Council and selections are based on:

  1. a demonstrated commitment to artistic practice
  2. a vision for the future of one’s creative practice
  3. an arresting reason to be in residency at the time
  4. the potential of AIR to be followed by an HCL Incubation year, for other opportunities in support of the work (commissioning, presenting, funding, new connections, writings for scholarly or public distribution about the artist or in connection with the residency)
  5. a desire to participate in an exploratory environment that fosters research and exchange of ideas and practices
  6. an openness to fostering a sense of community during AIR and across the performance field
  7. an openness to sharing process and work, as a means of fostering critical thinking and building peer relationships within the residency year

Accepted artists represent an array of artistic practices, disciplines, backgrounds, and stages of creation. Please contact Artistic Director, Yolanda Cesta Cursach Montilla, at for additional questions about the application process.



Each artist accepted in to the program will enter written agreements with HCL the outline of such agreements will include, but not be limited to, the following stipulations:

  • Participation in an orientation on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, time TBD*
  • Establishing and outlining the timing of resources to be provided (i.e. scheduling studio space, artistic consultation requests, feedback and critique sessions, etc.)
  • Initial agreements will be mutually reviewed and assessed as necessary, and adjustments may be requested by the artist, subject to the determination and approval of HCL staff

Artists in Residence are expected to participate in activities which HCL may organize in relation to the program, and are encouraged to attend at least two work showings, critiques, or discussions with fellow cohort members during their residency period.*

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HCL is following the guidelines of local, state and federal authorities, including sanitizing of the studio and property, practicing safe-space, and social distancing. HCL recognizes that all activities are provisional in compliance with these guidelines involving spaces of gathering; such as for a public showing, private critique sessions, collaborative work and meetings. HCL actively follows public health developments and information and is committed to working with the Artists in Residence to determine and follow best practices.

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See the listing of HCL Artists in Residence in the past >