Artist Retreats: PACIFIC

Denali National Park and Preserve
, AIR Program, PO Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755 (907) 683-2294. Up to 3 residencies of 10 days each from mid-June through mid-September for sculptors and 2-D visual artists. (visual arts)

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)

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, AIR Program, PO Box 317, Skagway, AK 99840 (907) 983-9221. 1 or 2 artists per year; residencies of 6-8 weeks October through April. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, video/filmmakers, composers. (visual, performing, literary, media arts)

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)

California Arts Council, AIR Program, Carol Shiffman, Program Manager, 1300 I St., Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 322-6555 or (800) 201-6201. Sponsors Artists in Schools, Artists in Communities and Artists Serving Special Constituencies programs; 3-11 month residencies; monthly salary (all disciplines)

Canticle Arts Center, 13333 Palmdale Rd., Victorville, CA 92342 (760) 241-2538. Year-round; artists of all disciplines; short-and long-term residencies; private studio, living accommodations, and three meals per day; shared studio space. Fees charged. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Capp Street Project, 525 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 495-7101. One resident at a time for 3 weeks up to 3 mos.; Stipend offered. (visual arts)

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)

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 Colony, PO Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593 (909) 302-3837. 4 to 7 residents at a time for up to 3 months; artists live in rustic studio cottages with no electricity. No fees although donations solicited to offset expenses. Propane gas provided for cooking, refrigeration, and hot water; lighting by kerosene lamps and heat by wood stoves. Located on nature preserve and Indian burial ground (composers, painters, sculptors, writers)

18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 453-3711. Open only to LA artists and select international artists. Residencies of up to 3 years. (performing, visual, literary arts)

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)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 100 34th Ave., Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA 94121-1693 (415) 750-7634. One-month residency for one artist at a time at the Legion of Honor at Land's End in Lincoln Park, overlooking San Francisco Bay. Open to local artists; no housing or meals provided; stipend paid; artist expected to be on site working at least 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. Optional studio tours, lecture, or public workshop. (visual, media arts)

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, 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)

Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 626-1636. Open to young writers between 20 and 35 years old who are residents of CA or NV, or were born in CA (literary arts)

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. Accomodations 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, 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)

Mesa Refuge, c/o Common Counsel Foundation, Ann Dowley, Executive Director, 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)

Padua Playwrights' Productions, Box 4168, Los Angeles, CA 90051. Playwrights only (literary arts)

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)

Stanford Creative Writing Fellowships, Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2087. (650) 723-2637. Open to poets and fiction writers. 20 fellowships for 2 years awarded annually. Stipend. Participants arrange own housing.

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)

Sundance Institute, 225 Santa Monica Blvd., 8th floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 394-4662 or (801) 328-3456. Sundance Resort in Utah; no fees; screenwriters and filmmakers (media arts)

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)

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)


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. (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)

Kona Coastal Arts Retreat, 73-1122 Ahikawa St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. New retreat; just forming. Downstairs lanai apartment of a Kona redwood home, with a view of the ocean and a lava-tube garden. Reader's library with an emphasis on poetry. Fees charged; some scholarships for writers willing to give a public reading and participate in a community writing workshop. Also open to visual artists.

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)

Volcano Art Center, PO Box 104, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718 (808) 967-8222.


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)

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)

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)

Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209 (503) 223-2654. Annual award to an outstanding student or emerging artist who commits to a 6 to 12 month residency and a solo exhibition at the end of the residency. (crafts)

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, 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, 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)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 219 NW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 92709 (503) 242-1419. Contemporary/experimental art, any discipline. Residencies of 2-4 weeks offered year-round; equipment provided as necessary. Room, studio, travel, small stipend. No meals. (visual arts)

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)

Southern Oregon University, Extended Campus Programs, The Walden Residency, Ashland, OR 97520 503/522-6331. Open to non-smoking Oregon residents; March-August; 3-6 weeks; housing in a cabin on a quiet and beautiful mountain farm, partial board, do own cooking; phone nearby; fiction, creative nonfiction, poets, playwrights, essayists, and all other creative writers (literary arts)


, 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)

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)

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)

The Espy Foundation, PO Box 614, Oysterville, WA 98641 (360) 665-5220. One-month residencies four times per year, shared housing in village, weekly stipend for food. Located near the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula on the southwest coast of Washington State, in the National Historic District of a serenely beautiful village. (visual and literary arts)

Form/Space Atelier, 2407 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 349-2509. Residency for one visual artist annually during the month of July. Stipend paid. Does not include housing, but they will assist in locating housing. Residents' new work exibited in gallery at end of residency. (visual, media arts)

Fremont Fine Arts Foundry, 154 N. 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 632-4880. 8 studio residencies for sculptors (visual arts)

Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6999 (206) 634-0919. Artist Support Program open to local artists of any discipline working creatively with sound; up to 8 artists awarded 20 hours of studio recording and production time. Gallery Residency Program offers up to 3 artists or artist teams commissions to create new works that include sound as a major component; artists encouraged to experiment and expand the artistic scope of their work by working with new technologies and artists from other disciplines. Writers Program offers up to 14 local authors readings, half-hour radio programs, a chapbook, and other public events.

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)

Monarch Contemporary Art Center, PO Box 1125, 8431 Waldrich Rd. SE, Tenino, WA 98589. (360) 264-2408. Residencies of 2-4 months to make large-scale sculpture for grounds. Room, board, tools, studio, materials, honorarium. For professional and emerging artists (visual arts)

North Cascades National Park, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (360) 856-5700x365. 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)

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)

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Inner City Artists Residencies, 1902 S. Main, Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 328-2200. 3 weeks for 4 artists who are persons of color (visual arts)

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)

Valise Artist Collective and Gallery, 17633 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon Island, WA.  Annual residency program offers one-month residencies with studio, accommodations, and small stipend. Located a short ferry ride from West Seattle, on a rural island of 48 square miles in the Pugent Sound. Simple accommodations on the island such as a small cabin on a local farm or a room in a 100-year-old farmhouse. Artists asked to exhibit, give an artist talk or performance. Open to visual artists, and those working in video, performance, and sound art. Collaborative teams will be considered. (visual, performing, and media arts)