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Every winter from January through March, creative individuals, collaborations, and performing ensembles are awarded the gift of time and space at our beautiful Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon, for monthlong residencies.

Residencies are open to national and international artists in any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design, engineering, and the sciences. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residency positions for parent artists are available. Click here for more information and bios on our current 2017 Artists in Residence.

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Caldera is currently accepting applications for residencies in winter 2018. Residency periods will be January 5–30, 2018; February 2–27, 2018; and March 2–27, 2018. Applications are now open until June 16, 2017. Click here to view our 2018 Artists in Residence application. Alumni must wait one year before re-applying.

Those artists who wish to apply as collaborators must submit under the collaboration category. Mature, as well as emerging artists, are encouraged to apply. Artists in the United States, US citizens abroad, and international artists are eligible. Proposals for creative residencies must be compatible with available working studio spaces, facilities, and resources.

If you are a parent-artist, please inquire directly to Caldera staff at AiR@CalderaArts.org.

Selection Process

Panels meet in late summer to review applications and invitations are made in early September. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. While it is not required, an embrace of how art and nature communicate is encouraged at Caldera.

A panel of fellow artists and art professionals chooses 21-36 artists for residences each year. The panel changes annually in order to keep the program dynamic. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of Caldera. 

Depending on funding, Caldera may make stipends available to attending residents. For more information about stipends, contact AiR@CalderaArts.org. Residents are responsible for food, travel, materials, and other expenses.

Living Environment

Residents are provided a private cabin with sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and a porch overlooking Link Creek or with a view of Blue Lake from their windows. Cabins are heated by electric heat and most include wood stoves (with chopped wood provided). The kitchens have a coffeepot, two-burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator, dishes, and pots and pans. Once a week, dinner provided by Caldera is shared as a group.

Caldera is located in a rural environment, and applicants should be comfortable with a high degree of solitude and disconnection from the outside world. A shared vehicle is available for shopping and errands. The closest town is 20 minutes away by car.

Additional elements that applicants should be aware of:

-There is little to no cell service at Caldera. Dependable service is a 20-minute drive away in Sisters. A landline phone is available for calls using a calling card.

-Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hearth Building, studios, and some cabins, however due to our rural location, it can be slow and unreliable and is not appropriate for streaming media.

-We regret that pets are not allowed aside from registered service animals.

-Caldera is smoke-free

-Overnight guests are not allowed. Accommodations for visitors are available in the local area and range from 2–16 miles from Caldera. The only exception is for parent artists in residence who may have their children and a caretaker stay overnight in their cabin. 

-Caldera’s Studios and the Hearth Building are wheelchair accessible, however our cabins are not. Please contact us with specific questions around accessibility needs.

Work Environment

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By design, residents form a small community of 7–12 artists, depending on the group. Collaboration and exchange is encouraged.

Residents are given 24-hour access to all facilities and the time and space to create. All residents have access to the Hearth Building including a Library common area with fireplace, A/V systems, and a well-equipped commercial kitchen.

Writers and others not needing an expansive space work in their a-frames, which contain a large table and living area. A shared loft space in the Hearth Building is optional for writers and digital artists.

Performing artists work in the Hearth Building Grand Room, which features a sprung wood floor and audio/visual system.

Visual artists work in one of Caldera’s two studios. Campbell Studio is a semi-private space that holds two studios for visual artists of all kinds. One side of Campbell Studio has two kilns, drying shelves, a work table, sink and counter; the other side has large walls, a work table, a large and small sink and counters. Studio B has large walls, a sink, counter, work table, a darkroom with related equipment, and an etching press. Both studios include natural light and large loft spaces above the main floor.

Artists should be able to practice their work independently without assistance and provide their own materials and tools.

Read this, for help understanding if a residency is right for you go to.

Open Studios & Community Outreach

Artists are not required to finish a project during their residency, but they share their work with the local community at our Open Studios events at the end of each month. Open Studios are held at our Arts Center on the last Saturday of every residency from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Dates for 2018 are: January 27, February 24, and March 24

Artists are also invited to apply to do workshops or outreach projects with Caldera youth or community members in the area. Proposals are reviewed by Caldera staff for fit with our program and an artist’s experience working with youth or adults. Teaching and outreach opportunities are by application and invitation only.