Capp Street Project

Founded in San Francisco in 1983 by Ann Hatch, who also served as its first director, Capp Street Project was the first visual arts residency in the United States dedicated solely to the creation and presentation of new art installations. The organization took its name from the house at 65 Capp Street designed by the artist David Ireland.

Capp Street Project became part of the Wattis Institute in 1998.

Since its inception, Capp Street Project has given more than 100 local, national, and international artists the opportunity to create new work through its residency and public exhibition programs.

Its mission is to provide opportunities for contemporary artists working in diverse media to create and present site-related installations in the San Francisco Bay Area; to encourage experimentation in the arts; to educate and promote public involvement in the arts; and to contribute to the evolution of new ideas in contemporary art.

Capp Street Project supports multidisciplinary work by local, national, and international artists while expanding the dialogue around contemporary art through related forums, workshops, and lectures. In striving to create the most flexible context for these endeavors, Capp Street Project provides direct fees, a budget for materials, and staff support to artists in its exhibition program.

The project provides artists with the time and resources to conceptualize, plan, and execute new work. Artists are encouraged to continue their experimentation and dialogue with the community throughout the exhibition period.