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Max Thelen Studio Application due May 1, 2019

Presented by Art Works Downtown at Art Works Downtown, San Rafael CA

May 01 2019
Max Thelen Studio Application due May 1, 2019

The Residency includes a free art studio for 12 months as well as many additional benefits.

The Max Thelen Studio Residency

The Max Thelen Studio Residency at Art Works Downtown is a studio residency program that supports emerging artists by providing free studio space, exhibition opportunity, and exposure to the public for one year.

The Residency includes a free art studio for 12 months as well as many additional benefits. Ideal candidates live in Marin, or have significant ties to Marin, and can commit to using the studio and participate in the program activities.

Art Works Downtown offers a diverse mix of studio artists and mediums in the heart of the San Rafael commercial core for almost daily interaction with the public. The Max Thelen Studio is a small, bright studio located on the prime street-level floor of the AWD complex. Art Works Downtown believes that an emerging artist will stimulate new ideas among established AWD studio artists and vice versa. Our community will be better served as they recognize and understand the importance of supporting emerging artists in their career endeavors.


  • Free Art Studio, including utilities, fees and operating costs
  • An environment that is supportive and empathetic to the creative process
  • Two exhibitions, which also provide exhibition experience
  • Waived fees for AWD membership and juried exhibitions
  • Representation on AWD’s newsletter, website, and social media
  • Exposure to large groups of visitors every month during the 2ndFriday Art Walk event
  • Scholarship granted to participate in Marin Open Studios
  • Exposure to Gallery procedures and processes
  • Exposure to the nonprofit arts organization operation


  • Applicants must be in the early stage of their art career with a committed art-making practice.


  • Deadline to apply May 1, 2019
  • Award announced in June of 2019
  • Studio Residency to commence in August 2019 through July 31st 2020
  • Donors Gallery exhibition: date to be determined
  • Founders Gallery exhibition: date to be determined 

To Apply: Apply through . Applicants will be notified of the results via email.

Application requirements include:

  • 5 to 10 images and/or website
  • Up to 5,000 Word Statement introducing yourself as an artist and your artwork



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