The Lee Ufan Research Grants Program aims to support smaller scale or pilot research projects to promote art and art history.

In keeping with our mission, the program funds academic and research work that will contribute to the arts and education, broadly conceived.
We encourage and sponsor a wide range of topics, disciplines, and research methods.

The review process for this grant program is thorough and carefully managed. After an initial committee review, the strongest proposals are sent to successful and established external advisers.  Based on their and committee recommendation, a limited number of proposals are funded each year.

Our current plan is to fund and sponsor 1-2 proposals per year in the USA, with the goal of expanding the program to outside of the USA once the Arles Fondation becomes fully operational.


The Residency Program works with and supports emerging and promising artists to develop works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of artistic practice and cultural landscape at large.

Artists-in-Residence receive access to space and funding to live and develop works of their practice that encourage experimentation and exploration.

Artists selected for this program are at an early stage in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, installation, music, theater, literature, and research writing.
The Residency Program may involve public events, such as exhibitions, workshops, or presentations.

Regardless of formats, events are designed to connect visitors to art and artists in real time.
Applications (curriculum vitae) are reviewed by a distinguished committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines.  


Our in-house publishing team focuses on content collection, curation, and publication in furtherance of our mission.  Our publishing and curating projects focus on the development and evolution of contemporary eastern art and the artists.

Our works in this regard involve in-house research and collection as well as collaborating with prominent historians, journalists, researchers, and scholars in their respective fields and disciplines.