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, or media/film artist.

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. 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:

  • April 13-June 15, 2016
  • August 10-October 12, 2016
  • September 14-November 16, 2016

Each session spans two of Djerassi’s one month residency sessions, which are separated by a few days. This residency includes a short, funded stay in nearby San Francisco between the two residency blocks.

Alaskans who have attended residencies at Djerassi through this program are Arlitia Jones, Christine Byl, and Ernestine Hayes.

For more information about Djerassi Resident Artists Program, visit


2. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, North Carolina

This residency opportunity is designed for artists who are committed to addressing Environmental issues through community-based inquiries and collaborations.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation 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 exhibition space. The Center is housed in a well-equipped 30,000 square foot facility with eight artist studios (230-819 sf), including common use wood, metal, and printmaking studios, ceramic kilns, a traditional darkroom and state-of-the-art 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.

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 studio experiences, outreaches, community projects, and educational programs. To expand upon its commitment to connecting art, artists, and community, the Center has identified issues that it calls its Spheres of Impact (SOIs). A result of in-depth discussions with the Charlotte community, these SOIs include Education, Environment, Healthcare, Social Justice, International, Technology, Business Innovation, Craft, Beauty, and Architecture +Design.

The Center seeks an artist who is knowledgeable about current environmental issues affecting urban ecosystems who will work in advance with Center staff and community partners to identify an existing problem and path of inquiry that will be addressed during the two-month residency period. The Center’s Environmental program generally consists of projects that are site-based and are remedial in nature. See more information on the Environmental SOI and past Social Justice Artists-in-Residence here

Artists will participate in a two-month residency from September - October 2016.

Alaskans who have attended residencies at McColl through this program are Maria Shell and Mary Matthews.

For more information about McColl Center for  Art + Innovation visit our new website at

3. Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts, 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.

Residencies will be scheduled based on availability. Residencies are not available during the month of December.

For more information about Santa Fe Art Institute, visit or contact Nina Elder, SFAI Residency Program Manager, at


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 square foot studio offers artist’s 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 a spacious loft-styleapartment, 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 below:

  • January 1 – February 28, 2016
  • June 1 – July 31, 2016. Start date is flexible.

Alaskans who have attended residencies at Zygote Press through this program are Jimmy Riordan and Michael Walsh.

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.



If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please call Barbara Bach at (907) 297-2825, or toll-free 1-877-366-2700, or email at

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