The Max Thelen Studio Residency at Art Works Downtown

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The Max Thelen Studio Residency at Art Works Downtown


The Max Thelen Studio Residency provides a quality art space for an emerging artist to create artwork and receive community support. The Residency includes a free art studio for 12 months with many additional benefits. Ideal candidates live in the Marin/San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area and can commit to regularly making art and participating 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 regular interaction with the public. The Max Thelen Studio is a located on the street-level 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 costsThis residency does not include living accommodations
92 sq. ft., located in the main entrance hallway.
Viewable Thu–Sat, 1–8pm.
An environment that is supportive and empathetic to the creative process
Solo exhibition in the Founders’ Gallery, which provides exhibition production 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 2nd Friday Art Walk events
Scholarship granted for mandatory participation in Marin Open Studios
Exposure to exhibit procedures and processes
Exposure to the nonprofit arts organization operation


Applicants must live in reasonable commuting distance to San Rafael CA, 94901
Applicants must be in the early to middle stage of their art career with a committed art-making practice
Visual artists will be considered


Deadline to apply July 6, 2023
Award announced in August 1 2023
Studio Residency to commence in September 5, 2023 through August 30, 2024
Founders Gallery exhibition: August 10–September 28, 2024

To Apply:  Apply through

No cost to apply
Application requirements include:
5 to 10 images (or up to 6 videos)
Up to 3,000 Word Statement introducing yourself as an artist and your artwork
Required questions: A prime objective of the program is for the artist to regularly use the workspace. This is not a showcase studio, it is a work and display studio. How do you envision using the space?
How will an association with the Art Works Downtown artist community benefit you?
What are your career ambitions as an artist?
Name and contact information of 1–3 recommendations—an arts educator, gallerist, or arts professional is preferred.
Links to support materials such as a website.
Applicants will receive results via email.