Sponsored Artist Program


Elise Cowin, photo by Danny Fong, 2016

HCL’s Flagship Program

Spring 2018 application has closed. Applications for Fall 2018 will be open April 1 – May 13, 2018.
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The 2018 Fall Sponsored Artist season runs from August 1st through November 30th, 2018.

Kristina Isabelle Dance Co in the HCL Studio

Kristina Isabelle Dance Co in the HCL Studio (Yenyen Cho, 2015)

High Concept Labs’ Sponsored Artist Program is designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support services including:

    • Rehearsal, workshop and performance space
    • Administrative and production assistance
    • Communications and design support
    • Audience development and media outreach
    • Artistic consultation
    • Photo and video documentation
    • Strategic networking for partnerships, funding, and creative collaborators
    • Teaching and workshop opportunities
    • Participation in HCL Artist Critique sessions
    • Field-based or cross-disciplinary mentorship
    • and more

Vaudeo Motion at Mana Contemporary (Rachel Ellison, 2015)

Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. Each season is curated to represent emerging and established artists from a range of artistic disciplines. We sponsor three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project.

  • Incubation – projects that require services to support the long-term development of a body of work and are not geared toward a public showing.
  • Workshop – projects that are geared toward a workshop-showing of work after a period of incubation. The purpose of the showing is to gauge the development of the work and see how it changes in the presence of an invited audience.
  • Exhibition/Performance – HCL acts as a producing partner to present a formal exhibition or performance for the public (may or may not also include a period of incubation and/or workshop).
HCL Studio

The HCL Studio (Mary Lowe Bailey, 2016)

Successful applicants to the Sponsored Artist Program are emerging or established artists or collectives with a history of successful work (need not be in same discipline as application project) and with clear goals for their residency. We do not accept artists currently enrolled in any form of degree program. Accepted artists are chosen to represent an array of artistic practices by members of HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council.

Artists accepted into the program will be expected to attend and participate in the following events:

  • Welcome Dinner (February 1, 2018)
  • Open House (April 11, 2018)
  • Send-Off (May 26, 2018)

Additional information about the application can be found in the Helpful Hints document and in the Application Form. Also check out SAIC’s recommendations for documenting performance.

See the listing of artists Sponsored by HCL in the past >