Residency Opportunity: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose, CA

Maker Space Artist in Residence Program 2020

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles offers an exciting Artist in Residence program for artists who show a strong emphasis in textiles. Artists will have the opportunity to engage with museum visitors while gaining exposure to new audiences. The Maker Space Studio is a semi-private artist in residence workspace and incubator for creativity and dialogue between the artist(s) and the community.

Duration of Residency: 3 months

Application deadline: Ongoing

Available spots: 4 per year

Who may apply:

  • Emerging and established artists that incorporate fiber/textiles in their current work
  • Artists with a BFA, MFA or who show extensive experience in their field of expertise
  • Artists who are comfortable engaging and working with the public
  • Artists who are self-guided
  • Artists who incorporate performance, community engagement or social practice are encouraged to apply.

Objective: The artist in residence will lead a series of activities that will be open to the community and museum visitors. The majority of the activities will be facilitated by the AIR(s) in the Maker Space, located behind the main galleries. The activities may include scheduled demonstrations of a set skill, lectures or hands-on/participatory activity for visitors during the SOFA artwalks, community days and special events.


  • To foster a sense of ownership in the community through creative engagement/social practice while promoting the arts
  • To increase visitor participation
  • Assist and support artists in his / her own professional development, while providing exposure to a new audience
  • To provide artists the time to develop new work and focus on their creative endeavors
  • To promote the history and future of textiles

Studio Facilities: The artist will be based in the Maker Space, a multi-purpose room that will be utilized as a workspace for the AIR, open studio and a place for demonstrations and hands-on activities. The Maker Space Studio contains a sink, sufficient lighting, key access only and storage. The artist will have 24-hour access and will be given a key to the facilities.


Maker Space Gallery: Artists in Residence are offered the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Maker Space Gallery Hallway during the duration of their residency. The exhibition space offers high ceilings and professional track lighting. Artists are responsible for labels, mounting and de-installing their own work.

Materials: The artist will have access to a variety of materials in the Maker Space to use for projects, demonstrations, and activities that are to be facilitated through the museum or designated off-site location. Materials may include a variety of textiles, yarn, sewing thread, needles, scissors, sewing machine, paper media, etc. The artist may also choose to bring in their own materials. For other material sources, we recommend &

Research Material: The AIR will have access to the museum’s research library located on the 2nd floor during the duration of the residency. The library contains various books and magazines related to various forms of fiber art available for check-out only. The Maker Space Studio also contains a collection of books on a variety of sewing and craft subjects. These books are free to our museum visitors and artist(s) in residence.

Community Engagement Component: One of the requirements for the residency is that artists incorporate some form of Community Engagement or Social Practice in their proposed project. The Community Engagement requirement will also be fulfilled through various scheduled activities and events that will be led by the AIR.

The Artist in Residence will also fulfill this requirement by completing the following:

  • Participate in 3 First Fridays (SOFA artwalk) during residency (No First Friday, January or July due to holidays, hours are 7 PM-9:30 PM)
  • Include a participatory component in the new body of work to be created during the residency
  • Attend SJMQT special events and receptions during the residency term
  • Offer a workshop(s), demo., lecture, activity, performance or presentation of work

Final project presentation & documentation: The three-month residency will culminate in a final project. The AIR will present the work(s) or collaborative project in the form of an exhibition, event, performance or temporary public installation. The AIR is also required to provide documentation of the project to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Documentation may be in the form of high-resolution photographs or video and artist statement. Documentation may be used for marketing purposes.

Execution of the project:

  • Option 1: Exhibition- Artists are responsible for mounting and take down of the exhibition
  • Option 2: Temporary Public Installation- Artists are responsible for the installation and de-installation of work.
  • Option 3: Performance- Artist is responsible for execution and specifics
  • Option 4: Lecture / Artist Talk on the topic of choice


Open Studio during museum hours: The purpose of the open studio during museum hours is to give visitors the opportunity to experience the artist’s working process.


  • AIR must be available two weekdays and  one weekend day or two weekend days and one weekday per week to host open studio for visitors during museum hours
  • Teaching artists have the option to complete 1-2 days of open studio per week during museum hours. The monthly stipend will be pro-rated.
  • Open studios hours- weekdays 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, weekends at 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM


Museum hours: Wednesday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Thursday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Donation of Artwork: Artists will be asked to donate one piece of artwork to the museum collection. The artwork must be completed prior to the end of the residency and will be turned in with proper documentation before the end date of the residency.

Gallery Sales: Artists wishing to sell goods must furnish a W9. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will retain 50% of all gallery sales. All sales must be conducted through the front desk and processed in the store.

Stipend: Artists will receive a modest stipend, amount to be determined. Payment is processed in three monthly installments at the end of the month.

Transportation: It is the Artist’s responsibility to arrange his / her own transportation.

Room & Board: The Museum does not provide room and board. It is the artist’s responsibility to secure housing if needed.

Location: The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is located in downtown San Jose’s arts district. Our neighbors include MACLA, SJICA, WORKS, SJMA, and San Jose State University to name a few. To learn more about downtown San Jose visit:

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