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 100 - 300 square feet
  • 24-hour studio access (NOT LIVE/WORK).
  • 2000 sq. ft. common space and gallery
  • Shared Mac computers with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites software
  • Free WiFi access
  • Shared woodshop, digital lab, kitchen, and bathrooms.


Please complete the digital application form, and submit the required documents as PDFs to

1.  Application Form: Completed as Digital Google Form.
2.  Cover Letter (PDF at 1MB max): 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. (PDF at 1MB max)
4.  Artist Statement (PDF at 1MB max)
5.  Examples of your artwork (up to 12 images), with a corresponding image info. (Ideally the image jpgs and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)

Other notes:

  • 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_Images.pdf)
  • We will accept your website portfolio link in place of an images/video PDF, but please list images/ links in the order you want us to view them: 01_LastName_Title
  • For 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.


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

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. Our Installations & Site Manager, Carissa Diaz is also available for a short tour of the space and studios on Mondays-Wednesdays between 11 am-6 pm. Please email her at to schedule a meeting time.

For any additional questions, please call 415.863.7668 or email