Apply for a Studio

Digital Application Form

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. August 1 deadline for September 1 availability).

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. Our mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. The core of these efforts emanate from the Studios Program, in which artists receive studio space at below market rates and valuable professional creative development opportunities in exchange for service in the organization. As part of the Studios Program, artists volunteer 12 hours a month towards Root Division's mission and are able to get involved in the community in any or all of the following areas:

Among the features of our space and unique organization:

  • Great peer network.
  • Excellent professional and creative development opportunities.
  • Individual and shared studio spaces from 200 - 350 square feet
  • 24-hour access (NOT LIVE/WORK).
  • 2000 sq. ft. Common Space and Gallery.
  • Shared Mac computers with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites software.
  • Wireless DSL.
  • Shared woodshop, kitchen, and bathrooms.


Please submit the following materials for review:
1.  Application Form: Completed as Digital Google Form or Downloadable PDF.
2.  Cover Letter: Please introduce yourself and your art practice, tell us why you are interested in joining our Root Division community.
3.  Artist resume and/or Professional resume.
4.  Artist Statement
5.  Examples of your artwork, with a corresponding image inventory list (up to 15 images attached as a zip file or pdf).


Please complete the digital application form, and submit the required documents above as PDFs and images as JPGs zipped into one file. Zipped file can be sent as an attachment via email, Dropbox, or Google Drive to:


  • Save all documents as PDFs (up to 2 MB each)
  • Save each required document as a separate PDF file (rather than as one combined file).
  • Label all files: LastName_DocumentDescription (ex: Smith_CV.pdf; Smith_Statement.pdf; Smith_ImageList.pdf)


  • We accept your website portfolio link in place of images/video files.
  • Visual Art: Provide up to 12 images as jpeg files (up to 2 MB each)
  • Audio, New Media, Video: Submit up to 4 links to uploaded samples (no longer than 4 minutes each). We suggest using hosting sites such as Vimeo, YouTube, etc.
  • Label all files with your last name in the order you want us to view them: 01_LastName (ex: 01_Smith.jpg; 02_Smith.jpg; 03_Smith.jpg; etc)


Please see our Studios Program page for a general overview and information about our current Studio Artists.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions About Our Studios for more in-depth information specifically about our studios and application process.

To see our gallery and public 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 facilities, please schedule an appointment with our Outreach & Programs Assistant, Susa Cortez at during her office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2-6pm.

For any additional questions, please call 415.863.7668 or email