Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find more in-depth information specifically about our studios and application process. Please see our Studios Program page for a general overview and information about our current Studio Artists.


About our new studios at 1131 Mission Street.

1. How many studios are available?
2. What is the size of a studio space?
3. How much does a studio space cost?
4. Can I see a studio space?
5. What are some of the features of the studio space?
6. What sorts of amenities are provided for studio artists?
7. How are the studio spaces assigned?

About our Application and Submission Process

8. When is the deadline to apply?
9. What makes an ideal candidate?
10. What is the review process like?
11. What are some of the benefits of joining the Root Division community as a Studio Artist?




1. How many studios are available?
We had an influx of studio openings when we completed Phase 2 of our building renovations on the lower level in August, 2016. So we don't anticipate a studio opening until the Spring 2017. We still encourage applicants to apply in the meantime, and will notify you when our Artists Selection Committee gets together to review applications for an upcoming vacancy.

2. What is the size of a studio space?
An individual studio space ranges from 100 - 300 square feet.
A shared studio space ranges from 200 - 350 square feet.

3. How much does a studio space cost?
We offer studios below market rate, at about $2-3 per square foot based on the size and location in the building. The price ranges from $180 - $650 per month based on the studio size and if it is shared or not. There is also a $50/month facilities fee that covers the 24 hour access, internet, electricity, woodshop use, etc.

4. Can I see a studio space?
To see our gallery and public events facility, we prefer that you stop by during any of our upcoming events and/or during regularly scheduled gallery hours. For a short tour the studios and lower level facilities, please schedule an appointment with our Outreach & Programs Assistant, Susa Cortez at outreach@rootdivision.org during her office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2-6pm.

5. What are some of the features of the studio space?
Our studio spaces vary to accommodate for different working conditions. Spaces range from having a great deal of natural light (through sky lights and/or windows) to spaces that provide opportunities for light control. Some spaces are fully enclosed (mainly in the lower level), while others have 10-12 foot tall walls (with 1 - 1.5 feet of space from the ceiling for airflow and ventilation).

6. What sorts of amenities are provided for studio artists?
Along with 24 hour access to the studio space, all Studio Artists have access to a mezzanine level Artist Lounge with a kitchenette; a digital lab with Mac computers with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software, and color printers; wireless internet will be available throughout the building; and a woodshop with basic equipment and tools including a table saw, etc.

7. How are the studio spaces assigned?
While certain studio spaces will already be designated for our artist fellows, we do our best to accommodate studio preferences based on seniority and specific needs required by the artist's practice. Once a studio space opens up, all current artists have the option to switch studios (again priority will be given based on seniority).

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About our Application and Submission Process

8. When is the deadline to apply?
In general, we accept applications on a rolling basis, with the 1st of each month acting as the deadline for the following month's vacancies (i.e. April 1 deadline for May 1 availability).

9. What makes an ideal candidate?
Our ideal candidate has as much to gain from our programming as they have to give. Our ideal candidate doesn't have to have an art degree, but should have a strong portfolio that shows growth and potential, some exhibition history, and related professional and life experience that can support our various programing. Related experience includes any and all of the following: teaching experience with adults and/or youth, curating, installation, art handling, graphic design, video editing, catering, event planning, construction, etc.

10. What is the review process like?
Our Artist Selection Committee, comprised of current staff members and 2-6 current Studio Artists, meets to review studio applications a month to two months in advance of an anticipated vacancy. The committee reviews all of the required and supplemental materials provided by the candidate. If selected for an interview, you should be prepared to speak about your current artwork and any goals you have for time at Root Division. The committee would also like to know why you are choosing the Root Division community and what program areas you hope to become involved (Adult and/or Youth Education, Exhibitions & Events, Marketing & Development, Facilities).

11. What are some of the benefits of joining the Root Division community as a Studio Artist?
All of our Studio Artists have access to Root Division peer and professional networks and opportunities; 24 hour access to a subsidized studio space at below market rates; access to our facilities including an Artist Lounge, digital lab, and woodshop. Our Studio Artists are invited to take any of our current adult education and professional development classes for free. While our Studio Artists are curated and juried into our main gallery exhibitions just as any other applying artist, we do wave the submission fees to any of our open calls. There are also opportunities to exhibit in our Frank Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space (located on the rear mezzanine) and other offsite venues. Throughout the year we invite current Studio Artists to participate in 3 events, including our fundraisers, TASTE, our annual Art Auction, and our invitational event, Misfit Toy Factory.

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