Select the program below that best aligns with your creative work and disciplinary focus. Successful applicants must demonstrate work that is consistent with the disciplinary direction of each respective residency program:


Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Woodside, California (near San Francisco)

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


McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Charlotte, North Carolina

This residency opportunity is designed for artists who are committed to investigating and 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. For more information on the Environmental SOI and past Social Justice Artists-in-Residence, please visit this link:

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

The selected artist will participate in a two-month residency from September-November 2016.  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 artists who work in the areas of traditional crafts, contemporary painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, social practice, or new media.


Founded in 1985, Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is an independent, educational, nonprofit cultural organization that seeks to address a critical question: how can SFAI cultivate creative practices (from fine art to design to urban planning and beyond), engage with diverse communities, and address the most pressing social issues of our time?

SFAI takes as its mission an exploration of the intersections of contemporary art and society. By bringing together prominent individuals and organizations in the arts, sciences and humanities, SFAI enlivens local, national, and international discourse through residencies, lectures, workshops, publications, exhibitions, and educational programming. Nurturing artists and providing a stimulating, creative atmosphere for their work serves society in an essential way and gives artists the support necessary to take risks and explore possibilities. SFAI’s 17,000 square-foot facility was designed by renowned architect Ricardo Legoretta, and includes studio and gallery spaces, individual apartments and communal kitchen, dining, and living room areas.

Santa Fe is a dynamic, small city in the Southwestern United States that is recognized by UNESCO as a City of Design, Crafts, and Folk Art. It is known for its predominant three cultures: Native American, Spanish, and European American. SFAI values community engagement and has diverse partnerships that allow artists in residence access to these unique cultures. The natural wilderness area of Northern New Mexico provides inspiration in a unique region of the United States.

SFAI hosts these residencies in cooperation with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Residents will have on-site private living quarters with a bathroom and access to a shared kitchen for meal preparation. Each artist has a small, semi-private studio with some access to a large collaborative studio at SFAI, and will be able to use the extensive and well equipped studios at the IAIA, which include ceramic, painting/drawing, printmaking, photography (digital and darkroom processed black and white), jewelry/metals, and sculpture studios, plus a foundry and new media center. IAIA is approximately a 20 minute drive away. 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. Alaskans who have attended residencies at SFAI through this program are Gretchen Sagan and Linda Lyons.

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.


Founded in 1996, Zygote Press is an artist workshop promoting contemporary fine art printing. Through advocacy, exhibitions, community programs, and affordable, professional workspace, Zygote stimulates collective exchange. Artists create new work, audiences explore new ideas, and collaborations strengthen the community. Zygote is a destination for printmakers nationwide, offering facilities for intaglio, (plate) lithography, relief printing, screen printing, letterpress, and digital media. Zygote Press also initiates and facilitates projects with professional artists in an active environment, where artists, students, and the public interact. Zygote is the only open-access print studio in Northeast Ohio and is the largest in the state of Ohio. Zygote offers classes and 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. Rasmuson artists reside in a 1,500-square-foot loft apartment above the printmaking shop, and are part of a large and vibrant arts community working at Zygote Press. This mid-town location has direct access to dining, shopping, parking, and public transit.

As the largest independent fine art print shop between Pittsburgh and Chicago, Zygote’s programs provide much needed resources for artists and educational nonprofits. The collaborative dynamic of the print shop encourages artistic growth, and classes for all skill levels grow the medium.

Previous Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program fellows awarded residencies at Zygote Press include Jimmy Riordan and Michael Walsh.

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

For more information about Zygote Press, visit


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