Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan’s artist-in-residence program is an effort to support emerging artists to develop their practice and engage with a new community.

Quinn Emanuel announces artists Edgar Ramirez and Molly Segal for inaugural artist-in-residence program to launch August 30, 2021.

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 31, 2021 – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP – the world’s leading business litigation firm – has today announced that its inaugural artist-in-residence program, established to create opportunity for and bring visibility to emerging and mid-career artists in the greater Los Angeles area, will host not one but two painters in its first run: Edgar Ramirez and Molly Segal. The firm—whose offices overlooking the Staples center in Downtown Los Angeles will now serve as artists studios—has thus doubled its financial commitment to the program, extending grants and stipends to two artists in support of their 3-month residency.

Photo of Edgar Ramirez by Charlie Engelman
Photo of Molly Segal by Trần Việt Văn

“At first thought, traditional visual arts like painting, may seem to have nothing in common with litigation and dispute resolution. Litigation, however, is a creative exercise. Litigators have to decide what the story of a dispute is, who the core storytellers are, and how to build the case around that story,” said leader John B. Quinn. “In litigation, as in anything else, there is always a risk of falling into a rut, even if you’ve been successful. The challenge is always to figure out how to do it new and differently. I look forward to receiving inspiration from these two artists—artists who literally start with a blank canvas—and learning how they work to achieve their visions and execute their ideas.”

The program commences on August 30 and will culminate in a two-person exhibition after the three-month residency. Curator Alexis Hyde will facilitate studio visits and other artistic and exhibition-related support.

Edgar Ramirez (b. 1989. Los Angeles, CA.), a native Angeleno, is a painter who works primarily with themes related to commerce, commodity, labor, geographical territory, and identity. Ramirez holds a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA (2018) and an MFA from ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2020). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Molly Segal (b. in Oakland, CA) She received an MFA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in 2013. Her paintings have appeared at galleries and institutions across the country including Charlie James Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Northeastern University, and Zevitas Marcus. She presented a solo exhibition at Luna Anaïs Gallery in Los Angeles in 2021. Segal’s work and writing have been featured in publications such as Whitehot Magazine, Artillery, Venison Quarterly, Beautiful Decay, and Lapham’s Quarterly. Segal has taught painting and drawing at CSU Long Beach, Tufts University, SMFA, Golden West College. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

The world is changing faster than ever before and who better than artists to give us insights into what those changes are and what they portend? I think it was Ezra Pound who said that artists are the antennae of the human race. We have the extra space, and we are very excited to use that space to learn what contemporary artists are telling us now.

John B. Quinn

Submissions are now closed.

Residency Details

This residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines across Greater Los Angeles. For three months the artist-in-residence will be given a studio in the Quinn Emanuel Los Angeles office to support their existing practice or a new project as appropriate.

At the end of the residency an exhibition will be held to display the works of the artist and at least one work will be incorporated into the permanent collection. A supporting stipend will be provided, as well as materials allowance. Over the course of a year there will be 3 artists occupying the studio, each with a three month residency and a subsequent exhibition in a location deemed appropriate for the work decided on between the artist and curator.

  • Residency Period

    The residency will begin on August 30, 2021 and conclude on November 30, 2021.

  • Space & Support

    The artist-in-residence will have access to a corner office on the main floor of the Los Angeles location with a view of the Staples Center.

  • Compensation

    The artist-in-residence will receive $5,000 a month over the course of three months for a total of $15,000. In addition, Quinn Emanuel will provide an allowance of up to $1,500 for purchase of art materials.

  • Exhibition

    After the residency is completed, along with the direct help of curator Alexis Hyde, an exhibition will be mounted of the work in a place decided on as well as an online mounting of the show. Sales of the work will be determined in conversation as well.

Selection Criteria

The artist-in-residence will be an artist working with a distinct and new voice, with clear mastery of their media of choice. Preference will be given to artists who are in the early or middle stages of their career. The selection committee is interested in giving opportunity and a platform to underrepresented artists.

Calls for Proposal

Interested artists should submit a proposal expressing their reason for interest. This should reflect the practice realistically in scope and scale, though all types of practices are welcome.

Applications should include the following components:

  • Proposal (500 words max) in body of email.
  • Resume or CV, including contact information, PDF form.
  • Digital portfolio, submitted in a single PDF, highlighting no more than 8 original works that represent the applicant’s style, quality and practice over time.
  • Links for applicable videos or media may be included in body of email.


  • Applications due 11:59pm PST July 13, 2021
  • Residency begins August 30, 2021
  • Residency ends November 30, 2021
  • Exhibition begins December 3, 2021
  • Exhibition begins December 31, 2021


  • What is the mission of this residency?

    Quinn Emanuel offers a three-month studio residency for an emerging/underrepresented artist working in any medium. This is for artists working locally, in the greater Los Angeles area.

  • When is the 2021–22 Artist-in-Residence program application due?

    All materials (including recommendations) are due by 11:59pm PST on July 13, 2021. Please be aware we receive a high volume of applications during the last day of the application period which can cause server problems. To avoid this, please submit your application in advance of the deadline.

  • When does the residency begin and end?

    The residency is three months long, beginning August 30, 2021 and ending November 30, 2021.

  • When does the corresponding show begin and end?

    The exhibition of work will begin December 3, 2021 and go through December 31, 2021.

  • When is the next call for applications?

    The call will take place in the fall for the next round of residency applications.

  • Can I apply if I don’t live in the greater LA area?

    This residency is for artists who live in the greater LA area only.

  • Will the Artist-in-Residence program be in person or remote?

    The Quinn Emanuel Los Angeles office is taking appropriate steps to keep employees and guests safe. The plan, which follows the CDC and OSHA guidelines, will implement various protocols to ensure safety.

  • Do you accept late applications?

    We cannot accept applications after the due date.

  • Is there a fee to apply?

    There is no fee to apply to the Artist-in-Residence program.

  • Do you accept international applicants?

    Yes, the program accepts applications from artists working locally. Please note, however, that Quinn Emanuel cannot provide visas, nor can it sponsor international applicants. All international artists in the residency program must secure their own visas prior to their arrival.

  • What kinds of documents does the application require?

    A resume (or CV), and an artist statement. No word documents please; these materials should be consolidated into a single PDF file. In addition 8–10 images and/or links to applicable videos.

  • When will I hear back about my application?

    We expect to notify all applicants by early/mid August 2021.

  • Can I receive feedback about my application?

    We expect to receive hundreds of applications and, as a result, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

  • How much does the residency award each artist?

    The residency currently awards each artist a stipend of $15,000, paid out on a regular schedule over the course of three months. Material costs will also be covered up to $1,000 and there will be an exhibition where the choice to sell work is available and can be decided between the artist and Quinn Emanuel.

  • Do I have to work in a specific medium to apply?

    No. Quinn Emanuel will accept applications from artists practicing in all mediums. However, please note that the studio is in an office building so nothing violating fire code may be permitted.

  • Do I need to have a specific project in mind before I apply?

    No. You can apply with a portfolio of your works previously completed.

  • Can you tell me if I should apply?

    Quinn Emanuel cannot advise you on your application.

  • Is there an education requirement for the residency?

    No, there is no education requirement.

  • If I have a disability, how will the residency program accommodate me?

    Quinn Emanuel recognizes that not all disabilities are visible and is willing to make accommodations based on the needs of the individual.

  • Does my application have to be in English?

    Yes. Quinn Emanuel asks that all applicants submit their applications in English.

  • Who will be reviewing my application?

    A selection committee appointed by John Quinn.