what is level ground?

Level Ground gathers diverse communities around meaningful art. Through these gatherings, we create space for dialogue, empathy, and community across our differences. These differences include our identities as well as our beliefs and convictions.

What Projects are we looking for? 

  • We're looking for projects at the intersections of identity. Good projects will expand, deepen, and/or complicate issues of identity (racial, religious, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.). 
  • We’re especially interested in projects that  include collaboration with artists, organizations, and communities across different identities and artistic mediums. 
  • Projects must culminate in a gallery installation in May 2018. 
  • We will not accept projects that are already completed, or already in process of being completed. 

Who should apply?

  • We are looking for mid-career artists. This means that this isn’t your first major artistic undertaking, but you also aren’t yet making your entire living as an artist. 
  • At this time, artists must be based in Los Angeles or be able to fund their own travel to L.A. at least 3 times over the 9-month residency.

Level Ground will provide:

  • Mentorship from the 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Leslie Foster, as well as from our Executive Director, Samantha Curley. 
  • A support system with connections to a variety of resources in Los Angeles. Resources will vary based on the scope and nature of accepted projects but could include: artistic collaborators, rehearsal space, film locations, etc.
  • Access to shared studio space in Pasadena, CA to work on your art.
  • Financial support up to $5,000, depending on the project.
  • Assistance and resources to fund the rest of your project and your L.A. installation.

What does the program offer?

  • The residency is 9 months long.
  • It starts September 1, 2017 and ends May 31, 2018. 

How long is the residency?

Application Requirements:

  • A one-page resume or CV describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.
  • A portfolio that includes prior or current samples of your artistic work. Please include photos from any previous gallery shows if applicable.
  • Budget for completing the project (we are looking for projects with budgets between $5,000 and $10,000).
  • Budget for a gallery show installation to premiere the project. (You will be responsible for raising funds in conjunction with Level Ground for your premiere.)
  • Application questions below.
  • A $25 donation. Please click here to submit a tax-deductible application fee of $25. 

Residency Requirements:

  • You must report monthly updates to Level Ground on your project.
  • You project must premiere at a gallery installation produced by Level Ground in May 2018.
  • Your project will also soft launch in April 2018 at the Level Ground Festival in Pasadena.


  1. Email your resume, portfolio, budgets, and application to info@onlevelground.org by April 30.  
  2. There will be a second round in the selection process where we will conduct short Skype interviews with the top applicants.
  3. We will make a final decision and notify all applicants by May 31, 2017.

Application Process


  1. How does your personal story connect to intersections of religion, gender, sexuality, race, ability, etc.? (250 words or less)
  2. How does your work as an artist resist easy answers? (250 words or less)
  3. What was your most successful collaborative experience and why? (250 words or less)
  4. How did you hear about Level Ground and this program? (250 words)
  5. Professionally and creatively, where are you now and where do you want to be? (500 words or less)
  6. How would the Level Ground artist-in-residency program help you in your personal and artistic journey? (250 words)
  7. Are their other artists, organizations, or galleries you would like to work with during your residency? What would each add to your project and your growth as an artist? Do you have access to any of them currently? (500 words or less)
  8. Please take some time to describe the framework of your proposed project in relation to Level Ground. What is your weekly execution plan? Include details of the mediums you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required. Finally, outline any specific technical or support requirements. (500 words or less)

Choose any 2 to answer:

  • What is your philosophy towards your art?
  • How do you deal with critique?
  • What’s the best thing Level Ground could do to help you succeed?
  • What’s the most satisfying moment you’ve had as an artist?
  • What’s the last piece of literature, work of art, or piece of music that captured your imagination?

Application Questions