Thursday, January 24, 2008

Artist Residencies

Artist residency programs are designed to deepen and develop the creative spirit by providing artists with “The gift of time” –
Time that is dedicated for:
thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative
process; creative exploration; innovative thinking;
risk-taking; dialogue and exchange of ideas; the
advancement or completion of work in progress;
pursuing new trains of thought; interdisciplinary
interaction; experimentation…

Time that is:
focused; concentrated; uninterrupted;
without daily distractions; your own…

Time in environments that:
foster creativity; promote the artistic process;
are nurturing; supportive; serene; private;
inspirational; beautiful…

The missions of the following organizations include the provision of updated information for artists about residency opportunities both at home and abroad:

Alliance of Artist Communities



Artists Communities—A Directory of Residencies that Offer Time and Space for Creativity (3rd edition) - Available for purchase from the Alliance of Artist Communities, this 2005 3rd edition indexes 347 residency opportunities worldwide.

To view the Table of Contents:

Programs vary greatly so examine each carefully before deciding to apply.

There are many programs available that will provide you with a great residency experience if you can afford the fees. There are, however, programs which charge no fees, and of these, a few will even provide a stipend although it is very rare to find a program that will pay for your transportation. Some programs provide prepared meals though others may require you to prepare some of them. Almost all programs provide adequate (and oftentimes spacious) private living and studio space.

Following is a sampling of programs with no residency fees. However, they are highly competitive because of this. Most programs that are not fee based encourage the artists to open their studio to the community or to make a community presentation about their work at least once during their stay. A few have no expectations of any kind. There are others that require artists to donate one of their artworks to the program – however, I have tried to not include any of them in the following list.
  1. Anderson Center - Minnesota
  2. Artcroft - Kentucky
  3. Burlington Center Arts Firehouse Gallery Artist-In-Residency Program - Vermont
  4. Caldera Arts - Oregon
  5. Cornucopia Art Center - Minnesota
  6. Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program - California
  7. Edward F. Albee Foundation (focus on early career) - New York
  8. Espy Foundation - Washington
  9. Evergreen Museum and Library - Maryland
  10. Hall Farm Center - Vermont
  11. Headlands Center for the Arts - California
  12. I-Park - Connecticut
  13. Instituto Sacatar- Brazil (pays travel)
  14. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston
  15. Jentel Artist Residency Program - Wyoming
  16. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts - Nebraska
  17. Lerman Trust -Pennsylvania
  18. Liguria Study Center - Italy (pays travel)
  19. MacDowell Colony - New Hampshire
  20. Mattress Factory -Pennsylvania
  21. Millay Colony for the Arts - New York
  22. Omi International Arts Center - New York
  23. Osage Arts Community - Missouri
  24. Robert M. Macnamara Foundation - Maine
  25. Ucross Foundation Residency Center - Wyoming
  26. Weir Farm Art Center - Connecticut
  27. Seaside Institute -Florida
  28. Spiro Arts - Utah

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