Alderworks Alaska, 1 West Creek Rd., Dyea, AK. Mailing address: P.O. Box 998, Skagway, AK 99840. (907) 983-3188. Located on the banks of West Creek within the Dyea-Chilkoot Trail unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Residencies for three artists at a time, housed in small individual log cabins. Residencies of 4 to 6 weeks in two sessions (early summer and late summer). Fees charged per week; artists must also cover the cost of their own food and transportation. (visual, literary arts)

Andrews Forest Writers Residency

Andrews Forest Writers’ Residency, The Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University, 101 Hovland Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. (541) 737-6198. One-week residencies March through May in the Oregon Cascades, 40 miles east of Eugene. Open to writers of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction whose work “reflects a keen awarenes of the natural world.” 3 room apt. includes kitchen. Modest stipend provided. (literary arts)


Artsmith, PO Box 334, Eastsound, WA 98245. Week-long residencies offered at the Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast, with studio space provided at theArtsmith center. Located on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. (visual, literary, performing arts)


Caldera, 224 NW 13 Ave., Portland, OR 97209 (503) 937-7563. 90 acres on the shore of a cerulean blue lake formed in the cinder cone of an extinct volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range of Central Oregon. Surrounded by Deschutes National Forest. Residencies of 1-5 weeks during fall, winter, and spring. Private A-frame cottages. No fees; residents responsible for travel, food, and materials costs. Having a car while in residence is extremely helpful; nearest supermarket is 15 miles away. (visual and literary arts)

Centrum Foundation

Centrum Foundation, Fort Worden State Park, PO Box 1158, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (360) 385-3102. Cottages in a restored Victorian-era military fort on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Residencies of 1 week to 2 months; 15-20 artists per year; some stipends. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Chalk Hill Artist Residency

Chalk Hill Artist Residency, 13427 Chalk Hill Rd., Healdsburg, CA 95448. Tel: (415) 397-4200. Located in a 1920s farmhouse on the Warnecke Ranch. Residencies of 2 to 10 weeks. Fees charged. 3 sponsorships per year based on merit and need. Encourages applications from collaborative teams, and from artists living with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Artists must provide their own transportation, food, and materials. Studios in repurposed rustic barns. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Chesterfield Film Company

Chesterfield Film Company, Writers Film Project, PMB 544, 1158 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90403 (213) 683-3977. Open to fiction, theater, and film writers of any age. Writers form a screenwriting workshop, using their storytelling skills to begin a career in film. Up to 5 writers, 12-month program. Stipend to cover living expenses; must live in LA for the year. Each writer paired with a professional screenwriter and a studio executive mentor. (literary arts)

Cottages at Hedgebrook

Cottages at Hedgebrook Farm, 2197 E. Millman Rd., Langley, WA 98260 (360) 321-4786. 6 cottages; residencies of 1 week to 3 mos.; no fees; women writers only. 6 writers at a time. Located on a woodsy 30-acre farm on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound. (literary arts)

Djerassi Artists Program

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Rd., Woodside, CA 94062-4405 (650) 747-1250. Residencies of 4 to 5 weeks between late March and mid-November.; 60 artists per year; no fees. Open to choreographers, writers, composers, sculptors, installation artists, photographers, film/video artists, performance artists, sound & radio artists. Emerging and established artists welcome. Located in the Santa Cruz Mtns. overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, PO Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593 (909) 302-3837. 2 residents at a time for up to 12 weeks; artists live in a private cottage complete with workspace and kitchen. One cottage includes a Brambach piano.  Located on nature preserve overlooking Temecula Wine Country, approximately 60 miles north of San Diego.  Fees charged per week; applications reviewed on a monthly basis.  (composers, painters, sculptors, writers)


Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 563-7337. Work space inside interactive science museum in Marina District, near the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge, accomodations in the city by arrangement; per diem and travel costs; 4-6 artists per year awarded residencies of 1-6 months (music, dance, performance)

Georgia Fee Residency

Georgia Fee Residency, ArtSlant, 8721 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 843, Los Angeles, CA  90069.  (608) 397-5480.  Residency in Paris for visual artists of all mediums and those writing about the visual arts (critics, curators, researchers) age 24 or older.  Recent graduates encouraged to apply, and those with projects relevant to the Paris setting.  Residents provided with travel expenses, and one-bedroom apartment in the 14th Arrondissement, across from Montparnasse Cemetery; appropriate for single occupant or couple.  No studio space provided, but a stipend can be used to rent separate studio space, materials, and other costs.  Residencies of 2 months; two awarded per year (winter and summer terms).  Program named for ArtSlant founder.  Open to artists from around the world, but all applications must be in English.  (visual arts)

Getty Foundation

Getty Research Grants, The Getty Foundation, Getty Scholar and Visiting Scholar Grants, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Ste. 800, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685. (310) 440-7374. Open to scholars, artists, and writers to focus on projects that promote learning about the history of visual art, the humanities, or social sciences. (visual and literary arts, plus scholars).

Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Ft. Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-2787. 4-week to 11-month residency in painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, conceptual, video/film, writers and performance for artists from CA, OH, and NC only; located in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; 30 residents per year February through November. Artists must participate in public Open House. (visual, media, literary, and performing arts)


Hypatia-in-the-Woods, PO Box 58, Shelton, WA 98584. (360) 427-0760. Residencies of one to four weeks for one woman artist at a time. Artists must provide their own food.  Open to visual artists, writers, academics, and business entrepreneurs.  Located on 3.5 acres of a Pacific Northwest forest of cedar, pine, and other evergreens near Olympia National Forest and the Puget Sound.  Donations solicited to offset daily costs; a few scholarships available per year. (visual and literary arts)

Island Institute

The Island Institute, Resident Fellows Program, Box 2420, Sitka, AK 99835 (907) 747-3794. 3 single residencies annually for the months of January, April, and November. Residents expected to take part in a community activity once a week (more if desired), including readings, workshops, exhibits, discussions. Stipend for food, small private apt. with kitchen. Travel costs not included. (literary arts)

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, AIR Program, 74485 National Park Dr., Tweny-nine Palms, CA 92277 (760) 367-5539. Located on 800,000 acres in the Mojave and Colorado deserts among soaring granite cliffs and spires and ancient archeological sites. Accommodations in a primitive, rustic cabin with no electricity. Personal transportation is essential and artists should be prepared for extreme temperature ranges and high winds. 4-6 artists per year; residencies of 4 weeks October through May. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, writers, video/filmmakers. (visual, literary, media arts)

Kala Institute

Kala Institute, 1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 549-2977. Housing in local apartments; 6-month residency with 24-hour access to facilities. Artists pay for travel, food, housing; annual fellows gallery exhibit; 10 fellowships annually; fees charged. Extensive equipment on site. (visual artists in book art, digital imaging, painting/monoprints, paper art, and printmaking; traditional and combined with electronic media, animation, digital video and sound, multimedia artists)

Kalani Honua Eco-Resort

Kalani Honua Eco-Resort, Institute for Culture and Awareness, RR #2, Box 4500, Pahoa, HI 96778 (800) 800-6886 or (808) 965-7828. 113 acres of secluded forest and coastline on the big island of Hawaii, 45 minutes from Hilo, 1 hour from Volcanoes National Park. 2-8 week residencies; year-round; fees charged. Also hosts workshops, conferences, annual hula festival.  Open to visual, media, folk, literary, performing arts, architects, graphic designers, landscape designers, art conservators, art educators, computer scientists, critics, environmentalists/naturalists, general scholars, historians, linguists, mathematicians, scientists, collaborative teams.  (visual, literary, performing arts)

Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, c/o John Daniel, 23030 W. Sheffler Rd., Elmira, OR 97437. No phone provided. Located on 92 acres in the Rogue River backcountry of southwestern Oregon. Offers “a lengthy spell of unparalleled solitude” for a writer or pair of writers. Residents must volunteer an hour a day of caretaking. House has plumbing, wood-fired stove, propane appliances, gas generator, and small solar electrical power (but no continuous source of electricity). Residency runs from April through October. Stipend provided. Administered through PEN Northwest. (literary arts)

Mesa Refuge

Mesa Refuge, c/o Common Counsel Foundation, 1221 Preservation Park Way, Suite 101, Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 834-2995. 2-6 weeks including room and most meals for experienced and new writers. Particularly interested in supporting writers working on themes of social justice, the economy, and the environment. Located near the seashore of Point Reyes atop the San Andreas Fault. (literary arts)

Milton Center

The Milton Center, 3307 Third Ave., West Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 281-2988. Fellowship for Christian writers to complete their first book-length ms. of fiction or poetry; work 10 hours per week. “To support work by writers who seek to animate the Christian imagination, foster intellectual imagination, and explore the human condition with honesty and compassion.” Provides living expenses and stipend. 9 months; 2 residencies awarded per year. (literary arts)

Mineral School

Mineral School, 114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral, WA 98355 (206) 937-5643. Located in a 1947 elementary school building near Mt. Rainier National Park, less than 2 hours from Seattle.  Accommodates 4 writers at a time for 2-week residencies.  Fees charged; includes all meals. Some full fellowships available to writers under age 35 who are residents of OR, WA, ID, AK, or MT. (literary arts)

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (360) 856-5700×365. 4-6 weeks in April-May and September-October for 4 artists per year. Open to practicing artists with a portfolio of published, performed, or exhibited works. (visual, performing, literary arts)

Ocean Haven

Ocean Haven, 94770 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439 (503) 547-3583. On the Oregon coast, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, bordering the Siuslaw National Forest. A variety of accommodations at different rates; all units have breathtaking, unobstructed views of the sea and sky; most units have living rooms, equipped kitchens, modern tiled bathrooms; some have small libraries of books and magazines. First-come, first-served; pets permitted for an additional fee; retreat center, open to anyone. (all disciplines)

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, OR 97225 (503) 297-5544. 8 acres on a wooded hillside; stipend, artists purchase own food; 4 month residency for emerging artists during academic year and summer residencies for mid-career artists. For artists working in book arts, ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing, jewelry, photography, and furniture making. Extensive equipment on site. (visual arts)

Oregon Writers Colony

Oregon Writers Colony, Colonyhouse, PO Box 15200, Portland, OR 97293 (503) 879-8072. 2-story log house overlooking beach on the Oregon coast; weekend and weekly stays avail to members; annual dues, plus fees; Reservations required. (literary arts)

Pilchuck Glass School

Pilchuck Glass School, AIR Program, 315 Second Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 621-8422. Emerging artists working in glass. 8 week residencies from Sept through Nov; accommodations in cottages with shared baths; separate studios, technical assistance, stipend; food not provided. Access to glass-plate printmaking shop, plaster studios, fusing, slumping and pate de verre kilns, flame-working torches, and coldworking equipment; group exhibition; 6 artists annually (visual arts)


Playa, 47531 Highway 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640. (541) 943-3983. Located on the edge of the Great Basin in a remote, isolated community.  Playa sits at the base of Winter Ridge, which rises to 7,200 feet at the northwestern edge of the Great Basin in south-central Oregon. Directly east of Playa lies Summer Lake, at an elevation of 4,200 feet. The lake is about 20 miles long and five miles wide. It is a playa: a desert lake that is shallow in the winter and usually evaporates by late summer. The Summer Lake basin, abundant with both desert and forest flora and fauna, is cradled between the open sagebrush steppe of eastern Oregon and the rocky, forested mountains of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Two types of Residency programs: Fellowship Residencies are provided without a fee during two multi-month sessions each year. The Contributing Residency program operates on a fee-basis to groups or individuals during other months. Artists must purchase and prepare their own food (other than a weekly community dinner).  Internet and cell phone reception is sporadic.  Open to visual artists, writers, performance artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or forms of creative research.  (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Project 387

Project 387, Gualala, CA 05445.  Located on 150 acres of redwood forest in Mendocino County, approximately 3 hours north of San Francisco.  Project-based residencies of 2 weeks for up to 6 emerging and mid-career artists.  Stipend paid.  (visual, literary, and performing arts)

Raid Projects

Raid Projects, 602 Moulton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031. Residencies of 3 months; bedroom, separate studio, solo show, paid publicity and opening costs. Fees charged. International focus. (visual arts)

Red Cinder Creativity Center

Red Cinder Creativity Center, PO Box 527, Na’aelhu, HI 96772 (808) 929-9600. On a 10-acre rural site near Na’alehu, on the big island of Hawaii; shared house, private studio. Average stay 2 weeks. Fees charged. 4 artists at a time. Visual arts studio, dance studio with sprung floor, and two studios that could be used by writers, musicians, photographers, or video artists. (visual, performing, literary, media arts)

Richard Hugo House

Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 322-7030. Must be published; residencies for a minimum of 9 mos.; office space and monthly stipend. Housing not provided. Artists in residence must teach a class, develop a public program, and hold public office hours. (literary arts)

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, PO Box 65, Otis, OR 97368 (541) 994-5485. In the Cascade Head National Science Research Area, overlooking the Salmon River estuary and Pacific Ocean; no fees, artists purchase and prepare own meals; asked to contribute 20 hours/mo. of community service/maintenance. Etching press, skutt kiln, slide projection, mechanical potter’s wheel available. Residencies average 3-4 months, from Oct to Jan and Feb to May; 4 residents annually, one awarded a stipend (visual, literary, performing arts, architecture and design)

Stonehouse Residency

Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts, 47694 Dunlap Rd., Miramonte, CA (509) 562-4859. On 173 acres of open land next to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks at an elevation of 3,600 feet on a ranch with magnificant views of the high Sierra Mountains to the east and the San Joaquin Valley and foothills to the west. Open to all visual artists and writers; residencies of 4 weeks for 3 artists at a time; fees charged; housing and meals provided. Artists expected to participate in off-site public exhibitions and presentations and in open house studio tours. (visual, literary arts)

Villa Montalvo

Villa Montalvo, PO Box 158, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95071 (408) 961-5818. 175 acre public park in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains; housing in 19-room Mediterranean-style villa. 1-3 months April through October; 5 furnished apts.; no fees, artists provide own food; some fellowships with stipends. Candidates identified by a constantly changing group of nominators from around the world are invited to submit an application for review by a jury of recognized artists and professionals within their discipline. (visual, literary, and performing arts, architecture and design)

Voices of the Wilderness

Voices of the Wilderness, Artist in Residence Program, US Forest Service, PO Box 129, Girdwood, AK 99587 (907) 783-0090. Individual rtists are paired with individual wilderness rangers for a forest stewardship/traveling residency in either the Tongass or Chugach wilderness area. Residencies of 7 to 9 days between June and August. Artists participate in light ranger duties, while having plenty of time to experience the wild heritage of these areas. Artists may travel by sea kayak and camp along fjords. Open to all mediums, including visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, playwrights, and storytellers. Participants asked to donate one piece of artwork to the Forest Service, and give one public presentation. Travel to Alaska is not included; travel within the wilderness areas is, as well as food and most camping and kayaking gear. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, 858 Amigo Rd., Soquel, CA 95073 (831) 471-8459. Located on 4.7 acres that includes a redwood grove, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Offers week-long residencies in Glass House, or two weeks for emerging writers in the Library House, or two weeks for creative couples in the Pool House. Fees charged; does not include food (although kitchen access is provided). Some competitive fellowships offered. Visiting writers asked to feature at a weekly open mic. Wellstone Center also offers workshops and runs a small press. Most residencies offered on a first-come basis (literary arts).

Willapa Bay AiR

Willapa Bay Artist in Residence Program, PO Box 209, 32101 Douglas Drive, Oysterville, WA 98641. (360) 665-6782.  Located 30 miles north of the mouth of the Columbia River, on the border between Oregon and Washington, in the National Historic Register village of Oysterville, on the Long Beach Peninsula.  One-month residencies for 5 artists at a time.  No fees; all meals provided.  Open March through September.  (visual, literary, and performing arts)

Writing Between the Vines

Writing Between the Vines, various locations in California and western Canada. Offers three to four short-term retreats (one week or less) on vineyards each winter and spring for individual writers. Residents are provided with free housing, but are responsible for travel, food, and all other expenses. Open to poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters, travel writers, and food and beverage writers. (literary arts)

Writing By Writers

Writing By Writers, PO Box 60544, Palo Alto, CA, 94306. Offers two residency programs. Wolf House is located in NE Minneapolis and offers two one-week residencies (one in Spring, one in Summer). Mill House is located in Bend, OR and offers one two-week residency each Winter for up to 6 writers. At Mill House, each writer lives in a 1 or 2-bedroom cottage (and there is a shared hot tub). For both residencies, there is no fee for lodging, but residents are responsible for their own meals and transportation. At both residencies, artists may opt to bring their dogs (but no spouses, children, or friends). (literary arts)

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, AIR Program, PO Box 100, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (209) 372-4024. In the Sierra Nevada Mtns. in central CA. Parkland encompasses granite domes that rise high over broad meadows, giant sequoias, and some of the nation’s highest waterfalls. 4-10 artists per year; residencies of up to 1 month year-round. Artists exhibit in park gallery. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors. (visual arts)