Call for Artists-in-residence at Shoebox Projects, Chip Inn Cabin Altadena


Shoebox Projects, Chip Inn Cabin, Altadena, California

Deadline for submission, Sunday August 20th 5pm pst


Shoebox Projects is a self-directed artist residency founded in 2016 by Kristine Schomaker. In association with Shoebox PR and Art and Cake, the residency is designed to allow emerging contemporary artists time and space to create new work exploring their practice.

In 2017 Shoebox Projects formed a partnership with Los Angeles artist Ching Ching Cheng to open up Shoebox Projects, Chip Inn Cabin in the Angeles National Forest above Altadena, California.

Chip Inn Cabin is a perfect cabin hideaway nestled in the secluded and rustic Millard Canyon Tract of the Angeles National Forest, and only minutes from downtown Pasadena. Situated under a canopy of California Oak and tucked by a rambling stream & hiking trails, the cabin features an open and airy floor plan with sliding doors to an over sized deck. Additional amenities include a full bath with Jacuzzi tub, a half bath, 1 bedroom, a sleeping loft, and a private water system directly from the spring.

This live-in artist-in-residence is meant to be a retreat for the artist to create work within the surrounding environment.

Artists may submit a proposal of how they may use the space to support their art practice. Artist is able to utilize outdoor space for installation work as well as indoor/outdoor space for studio work.

Proposals must have a contemporary art focus showing experimentation and career reach for the artist. We are especially interested in projects that involve social practice and push the artists’ work into new arenas of practice or theory.



  • To offer support and space to artists who are ready to move their work forward in the contemporary art landscape;
  • To encourage artists to experiment and explore their concepts in a peaceful, natural environment.


  • The residency is open to regional, national and international artists.
  • We are interested in artists who show a strong drive to move their career forward;
  • Artists will be considered if they can show the residency will provide the catalyst for a significant change in direction.


  • The period of residency is minimum one week to one month.
  • Residencies begins October 2017 and are being filled through 2018;
  • Cost to the Artist is $350 per week. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance of residency in order to hold your space; Couples and family are welcome for an additional fee.
  • A $150 security deposit is due upon acceptance of your application proposal to be returned at the end of your stay, barring damages.
  • The full fee is due at least one week before the start of your residency.
  • Residency fees help to cover costs of lodging, studio space, utilities, and maintenance. All residencies are from Saturday to Friday. Residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals, as well as all transportation costs.
  • Any cancellations must be made 30 days prior to the residency. No full refunds will be made after the start of the residency.


  • The national park is gated. You are not able to leave or return after 8pm. The park hours are 6am-8pm
  • Quiet hours are 10 PM-8 AM.
  • There is no trash pick-up. Haul in and haul out.
  • From the parking spot, there are stairs to get down to the cabin. (see photos)
  • There is limited wifi
  • Residents are responsible for the general upkeep of the cabin and surrounding area during the duration of their stay.
  • Bathroom and kitchen cleanup is required after every use, please leave the kitchens and bathrooms clean for the next person.
  • The cost of repairing any damages incurred within space will be charged to the resident.
  • We ask that you moderate volume or use headphones for listening to any music or DVDs.
  • Residents must abide by all local, state and federal laws.
  • Respectful use of alcohol is permitted.
  • No firearms and other weapons are permitted anywhere on the property.
  • Residents are responsible for the return of any borrowed equipment or books.
  • No smoking is permitted
  • No candles, incense, or open flames.
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Unfortunately, we are not wheelchair accessible at this point.
  • If you leave before the end of your residency, there will be no refund of your fees.


  • We supply:
    • (2) 6 foot tables
    • Hardware
    • Extension cords
    • Ladder
    • Towels and sheets
  • You should bring:
    • Food and drinks
    • DVDs for the TV
    • Art Supplies
    • Lighting for outside



  • Letter of interest explaining your specific interest in working with Shoebox Projects at Chip Inn Cabin along with a proposed idea for utilizing the space;
  • Artist bio;
  • Artist statement;
  • Link to artist website and relevant social media;
  • Selection of 10-15 jpeg images of recent work;
  • Give preferred availability from October 2017 to May 2018 as well as how long you would like the space (one to 4 weeks)
  • Please send your proposal via dropbox to;
  • Title folder “{your name} – Shoebox Projects Residency”;
  • Email to alert us that the file is there.
  • Deadline for submission, Sunday August 20th 5pm pst

We will send confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. Proposals may take 6-8 weeks from deadline to be considered.

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