ARTISTS in RESIDENCE
Please note: Our application timeline has changed! Applications will open for 2019 residencies on January 15, 2018 and will close March 15, 2018 at midnight.
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 3.5 week residencies. In 2019, we will also offer a limited number of 2 week residencies.
Residencies are open to US-based and international artists in any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design, and the sciences. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children.
Click here for bios of our 2018 Artists in Residence.
Residencies are open to US-based and international artists in any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design, and the sciences. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students at the time of the residency are eligible. Caldera supports collaborations as well as individuals.
– Supporting community-engaged work and teaching artists: Caldera prioritizes supporting artists who wish to engage with our youth and broader community through teaching or other activities.
– Supporting parent artists: Caldera is one of the few residencies that allows parent artists to attend with their children and an additional caretaker.
– Supporting geographic diversity: Caldera values geographic diversity in our AiR cohorts – i.e. rural and urban, artists from both inside and outside Oregon, and international artists.
Read this, for help understanding if a residency is right for you.
Our application timeline is changing for 2019. Applications will open on January 15, 2018 and are due by midnight on March 15, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their status by July 1, 2018.
2019 residency periods will be January 4–28, 2019 (3.5 weeks), January 14-28, 2019 (2 weeks), February 1–25, 2019 (3.5 weeks), February 11-25, 2019 (2 weeks), March 1–25, 2019 (3.5 weeks), and March 11-25, 2019 (2 weeks). Dates are not flexible. Residents must arrive on the first day and depart on the last day of the residency.
Applicants are asked to provide a bio, a photo, a description of their creative practice, a project proposal, work samples, and (if desired) an outreach/workshop proposal. Applicants will also be asked which panel (visual, performing, or literary) they wish to review their application.
Alumni must wait one year before re-applying.
If you are a parent artist who would like your children to join you for all or part of your residency, please inquire directly to Caldera staff prior to filling out an application at AiR@CalderaArts.org.
Selection panels meet in spring to review applications and make recommendations for finalists and alternates. Panelists review applications using the following criteria: quality, promise, and feasibility, and select finalists based on the priorities listed above.
Three panels of artists and art professionals choose 21-36 artists for residences each year. The panels change annually in order to keep the program dynamic. Final award of residencies are at the discretion of Caldera.
Invitations are made to finalists and alternates in June for residencies the following winter. All applicants will be notified of their status by July 1.
Stipends + Fees
Caldera does not charge residency fees, but we do ask applicants to pay a small application fee ($35 for individuals and $75 for collaborations). If our application fee is a barrier to you, please contact Caldera staff by emailing AiR@CalderaArts.org.
Depending on funding, stipends may be available for residents. We do not require a separate application for stipends and will let finalists for residencies know if funding is available.
The Caldera Arts Center is located at an altitude of 3,500 feet in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We sit on the shores of Blue Lake, the third deepest lake in Oregon, among 120 acres of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir surrounded by Deschutes National Forest.
By design, residents form a small community of 7–12 artists. 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. Please visit our Arts Center page for photos of our facilities.
Residency periods are in winter and early spring when weather can be quite variable in the Cascades. Applicants should prepared for up to 5 feet of snow on the ground, heavy snowfall, rain, and temperatures from the 50s to the teens.
Due to our rural location, applicants should be comfortable with a high degree of solitude and disconnection from the outside world. The closest town, Sisters, is 25 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 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. Exceptions are for parent artists who may have their children and a caretaker stay overnight in their cabin and artists being dropped off the first night of the residency.
– Caldera’s Studios and the Hearth Building are wheelchair accessible, however our cabins are not. Please contact us with specific questions around accessibility needs.
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. Wireless internet is available in all cabins.
Cabin kitchens have a coffee pot, two-burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator, dishes, and pots and pans. Residents also have access to a full commercial kitchen in the Hearth Building.
Cabins are heated by electric heat and most include wood stoves (with wood provided).
Please visit our Arts Center page for photos of our facilities.
Writers and others not needing an expansive space work in their a-frame cabins, 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.
Caldera provides one shared dinner each week. Residents provide all other meals for themselves.
Caldera’s visual arts studios include some equipment that is available for residents including: two kilns, drying shelves, a darkroom, and etching press. Extra tables and chairs are also available for residents if needed.
Residents provide all other tools and materials.
Residents arrange and provide their own travel to Caldera. If requested, Caldera can arrange a pickup at the Redmond Airport for those arriving by plane or bus.
Residents have access to a shared vehicle for short trips to town during their residency.
Open Studios + Community Outreach
Residents are not required to finish a project during their residency, but they are invited to share 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 provide workshops or create outreach projects with Caldera youth or community members in Central Oregon. 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.