How’d You Get That Awesome Residency?

instructor: Lexa Walsh


for: Artists, Adults

price: $35 Verge Members, $50 non-members


This class takes a deep dive into the world of artist residencies, learning how to find, apply to, fund and make the most of the vast array of residencies out there. We’ll look at many types of residencies and talk about how to prepare your applications through work samples, CVs, artist statements, work plans and budgets.

WHEN: October 11, 2023

TIME: 5-6:30 PM

WHERE: Online! The Zoom “class” link will be sent via email with registration confirmation. If you are new to Zoom, please log in 5-15 minutes before class begins to get yourself set up.

PRICE: $50 General, $40 Verge Members, $35 BIPOC

WHO: Adults, Artists

About the instructor:

Lexa Walsh is an artist and cultural worker based in Oakland who works an anthropologist, archivist, curator, facilitator and experience-maker. She fuses these practices to create physical and emotional spaces for social engagement and Institutional Critique, examining and creating social ties within cultural institutions both existing and constructed.

She is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant and was a de Young Artist Fellow. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions and performances additionally at Apexart, di Rosa, Kala Art Institute, NIAD, Oakland Museum of California, SFMOMA, Smack Mellon, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and has done several international artist residencies, tours and projects in Europe and Asia. Walsh founded and organizes Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artists’ projects. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Grand Central Arts in Santa Ana, CA, and is working on projects at Pro Arts & Commons and Free Oakland Up in Oakland.

She has taught HYGTAR at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Center, Kala Art Institute, Intersection for the Arts and as a personal coach.


Photo: Courtesy of Eliza Gregory

Community Standards

In order to create a safe and encouraging environment for creativity, we ask that all attendees comply with Verge’s non-discrimination policy which prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, gender, gender identity/expression, age, physical or mental disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by the state or local laws. We also ask that everyone contribute positively to a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not abide by our community standards stated above.

Cancellations and Refund Policy

Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.

If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50 percent of the total class fee. No refunds are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours before the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after a class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.