The displacement of Bay Area artists and loss of non-profit arts spaces contributes to an increasingly homogenous and culturally inequitable arts landscape. Artists and community-based organizations contribute to the resilience of communities by creating space for people to come together, share their stories, celebrate beauty, mourn community losses, and transform their thinking. SOMArts offers the Curatorial Residency program — a unique opportunity for emerging curators and artists to gain mentorship and support to execute a large-scale exhibition in our 31,000 square foot gallery. Prioritizing the voices of underrepresented artists, three residencies are awarded each season through an open call process. The residency is designed to offer emerging and mid-career artists and curators tools to further their curatorial practice and explore timely social issues.

See the Call for Proposals here
Click here to review last year’s application.

Artists and curators 
 the program receive:

  • A $5000 project grant
  • $1000 supplies budget
  • Installation support
  • Technical & event production support
  • Community engagement & public relations support
  • Monthly workshops (January–July)

This 9-month incubator has supported a wide range of artists, curators and cultural communities ranging from The Third Muslim (curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed, 2018), Visions into Infinite Archives (curated by Black Salt Collective, 2016), WorkMORE! #6 (curated by Mica Sigourney, 2014) to Mourning & Scars: 20 Years After The War (curated by Roxana Leiva, 2013).


2020–2021 Curatorial Residents

Antoine Hunter, Bay Area Deaf Arts
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6-9pm

Exhibition Run: Friday, January 15–Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Fátima Ramírez, Josué Rojas, & Mauricio Ramírez,
CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present)

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6–9pm
Exhibition Run: Friday, March 12–Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Duygu Gün and Bengu Gün, Sounds like Home
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Exhibition run: Friday, July 16–Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Past Curatorial Residencies

  • DIS/PLAY curated by Fran Osborne
  • Refuge in Refuse curated by Robin Lasser, Danielle Siembieda and Barbara Boissevain
  • Glamorgeddon curated by Johanna Poethig, Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza