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Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Artists-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence Program Description

The Taft-Nicholson Center Artist-in-Residence Program offers dedicated artists a supportive and transformational environment to further their creative development. In a remote setting dedicated to the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of natural habitat and wildlife, artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and development of their work.

The 2021 Artist-in-Residence Season begins on June 15th and ends on October 1st. It is expected that residencies will last at least a month but artists are encouraged to specify how much time they need for their project. Nothing shorter than two weeks will be considered.

Artists from diverse multidisciplinary fields are encouraged to apply. This includes visual artists, composers, writers, dancers, photographers, film makers, playwrights, and textile artists, among others.

Please indicate in your application or project description if you are currently a student, and include the name of the institution you are attending. 

Artists are responsible for their own travel costs, equipment, and materials. Awarded artists are supplied with the following lodging and work spaces:

  • Lodging in the Carter Family Artist's Residence: The residence is a private one-bedroom house with living room, kitchen, wood stove, and work/study area
  • The Zimbeaux Art Center: The Art Center is a restored school house with beautiful views of the Centennial Valley.  There is a large open workspace with small kitchen and bathroom. 

It is assumed artists will be using the kitchen to cook for themselves. Catering is available when workshops are in session, and artists can pay the caterer for meals at that time. The Center will pay for one catered dinner with each workshop group so students and faculty can become acquainted with the artists. We do not want to exclude anyone selected from participating in the residency program because of food costs. If an artist needs financial assistance via a scholarship for meal support, please contact Director Mark Bergstrom for an application. 


As part of the Taft-Nicholson Center community, Artists-in-Residence are expected to participate in the following ways:

  • Interact with other faculty and students at the Center by occasionally joining the community for dinner.
  • Donate one work to the center that is inspired by Centennial Valley and your experiences in residence.
  • Make at least one demonstration or portfolio presentation to the community.
  • Be willing to be photographed, filmed, and/or interviewed for the center archives and website.
  • On departure, artists must clean their work and living spaces so they are ready for the next artist. A cleaning fee will be charged if this important work is not done. 

Application Process

Applications will be received electronically until January 31, 2021. Awards will be announced shortly afterward. Click the link below to fill out the application form. You will be asked to submit your project proposal, resume/artist statement, and 6-10 images or digital samples of your work (there is space for this on the application). Couples must apply as individual artists.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Directorof the Taft-Nicholson Center, Professor Mark Bergstrom.  

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Last Updated: 7/1/21