Applicants will be asked to select the residency host organization that best complements their creative work and disciplinary focus. Successful applicants must demonstrate work that is consistent with the disciplinary direction of each respective residency program as described below.


1. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California

This residency is designed for a poet, playwright, or prose (creative non-fiction or fiction) writer.

The mission of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program is to support and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and to preserve the land on which the program is situated. The program is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains an hour from San Francisco.

The Residency Program is designed as a retreat experience to pursue personal creative work and share in collegial interaction within a small community of artists. The communal/collegial nature of Djerassi residencies is a hallmark of the experience and in this spirit residents are expected to commit themselves for the entire residency session awarded to them.

Artists are housed in the Middlebrook Studios that consist of four private live/work studios for writers. The studios each have private bathrooms and outdoor space. Meals are communal with the other artists in residence.

Artists must choose a specific two-month date range from a list of options. Exact date range options will be announced later this year.

For more information about Djerassi Resident Artists Program visit


2. McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

This residency is designed for a visual artist with an interest in craft.

McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and resident artists with the community. Located in a historic neo-Gothic church in uptown Charlotte, the Center houses eight studios for resident artists and more than 5,000 square feet of gallery space. The Center's goal is to present art and artists in a way that engages and enriches the public while revealing the creative process through open studios, outreaches, community projects, and educational programs.

To expand upon its commitment to connecting art, artists and community, the Center has identified issues the Center calls its Spheres of Impact (SOIs). A result of in-depth discussions with the Charlotte community, these Spheres are Education, Environment, Healthcare, Social Justice, International, Technology, Business Innovation, Craft, Beauty, and Architecture/Design.

McColl Center for Visual Art’s Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency will be concentrating on craft. We are seeking an artist who challenges traditional notions of craft and is intent on giving craft a contemporary interpretation in concept, technique or materials. Another possibility would be to develop a relationship with the Catawba Indians and their remarkable pottery tradition. An interested Alaskan artist, working with his or her craft traditions would be encouraged to develop an “inter-tribal” collaboration with Native American master potters along the Catawba River in the Charlotte region.

Goals of the Center include demystifying the creative process - which makes contemporary art more accessible and raises the perception of the value of artists to society. Visitors are welcome and through interaction with artists in their studios, the Center provides a portal from which the non-artist can gain insight into the creative process.

The Center is housed in a well-equipped 30,000 sf facility with eight artist studios (230-819 sf), including common use wood, metal and printmaking studios, ceramic kiln, a darkroom and media lab. There is twenty-four hour access to the Center's facility, and staff support Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Visiting artists are housed in nearby apartments that are fully equipped with bath, kitchen, and bedrooms.

Artists must choose a specific two-month date range from a list of options. Exact date range options will be announced later this year.

For more information about McColl Center for Visual Art visit

3. Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The residency is designed for Alaska Native visual artists who work in the areas of traditional crafts, contemporary painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or new media.

The Santa Fe Art Institute promotes art as a positive social force through residencies, lectures, studio workshops, exhibitions, community art actions, and educational outreach for adults and young people. SFAI is an environment where creativity, innovation, and challenging ideas thrive.

Santa Fe is a dynamic, small city in the Southwestern United States. It is known for its three cultures: Native Americans, Spanish, and European American. The Rio Grande Pueblo tribal communities are within reach and access. The natural wilderness area of Northern New Mexico provides inspiration in a unique region of the United States.

SFAI will be hosting these residencies in cooperation with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Residents will have a semi-private studio at SFAI, and will be able to use the extensive and well equipped studios at the IAIA including ceramic, painting/drawing, printmaking, photography (digital and dark room processed black and white) and jewelry/metals studio, sculpture and foundry, and new media center. Access to the Museum of Native Contemporary Art is also available.

Artists must choose a specific two-month date range from a list of options. Exact date range options will be announced later this year.

For more information about Santa Fe Art Institute, visit


4. Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

This residency is designed for visual artists with an interest in printmaking. Artists who are not printmakers but want to experiment with printmaking are encouraged to apply.

Zygote Press is an artist-run, fine art print shop located in the Superior-St. Clair neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1996, Zygote ‘s 6,500 sf studio offers artists facilities for intaglio, lithography, relief printing, screen printing, letterpress and a digital media output center.  Zygote offers individual artists studio spaces to rent, exhibition opportunities, outreach initiatives which include traveling archives and five mobile presses.

In addition, Zygote offers classes, is the only open-access print studio in Northeast Ohio and the largest in the state. With extensive residency programs and program-driven resources for emerging and established artists, Zygote has been important in the revitalization of the Arts Quarter district of the Superior-St. Clair neighborhood.

Visiting artists are housed on site in an apartment, and are part of a large and vibrant arts community working at Zygote Press.

Artists must choose a specific two-month date range from a list of options. Exact date range options will be announced later this year.

For more information about Zygote Press, visit


  • Applicants should plan for adequate time to complete the application. It is normal for applicants to prepare materials over the course of several weeks.
  • Make sure materials are presented in the best manner possible.
  • Applications submitted that are incomplete or do not follow the instructions will not be considered.
  • If work samples (video, audio, or digital photographs) cannot be opened or played, the application will not be considered.


  • Enter all information required on each of the pages in the online application.
  • Attach work samples and double check that attached files can be opened. Be sure to attach work samples in the same order as listed in the application.
  • Review, sign (digitally), and print out a completed copy for records.
  • An email will be sent from the Foundation confirming receipt of the application.



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If you have questions about the Artist Residency program or the application process, please call (907) 297-2700; or toll-free in Alaska 1-877-366-2700; or email