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Caldera's a-frame cabins sit on Link Creek.
Caldera sits Blue Lake, the third deepest lake in Oregon
Grand Room in the Hearth Building
Visual Art Studio


Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborations are welcomed to the Caldera Arts Center in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range. Residencies are open to national and international artists of any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design and the sciences. Caldera also welcomes applications from parent artists who would like their children to join them for all or part of the residency.

The cultural, geographic, and disciplinary diversity of applications reflects Caldera’s belief that creativity is an innate quality of all individuals. It also confirms Caldera’s perspective that diversity enhances the experience of all residents at Caldera, creating a broader arena of ideas in which participants can share their work. Caldera's Artist in Residence Program happens alongside its successful Youth Program.

Caldera’s Youth Program provides young people from underserved Oregon communities with year-round, long-term mentoring through arts and nature projects, beginning at age 11 and continuing through young adulthood. Linking Caldera’s youth and adult programs is a passionate belief in the power of creativity.

Caldera offers residencies of 3.5 weeks or 2 weeks. All residents have a private cabin and, if requested, a private or semi-private studio.

See website for more details.


Sisters, Oregon: United States

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. Caldera is about 20 miles from Sisters, OR.


  • Residency Length: 3.5 weeks or 2 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 7 - 10
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 28
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 204


  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Caldera supports artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students.

    Candidates' applications are judged by a panel of peers and arts professionals. The panels change each year.

  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Caldera is pausing our Artists in Residence application process while we undertake an environmental scan in the first half of 2019. During this time we will be looking deeply at the needs of communities we serve and the landscape of organizations in our fields. We will also engage our communities in discussion and reflection of our past work and future direction. Please visit our website to sign up for our email list. We will announce program updates there.

Past Residents & Quotes

Healing, transformative, and productive. I still rave to my peers and colleagues about Caldera and its programs. I talk about it as a major part of my new body of work and feel like it has been a springboard into new proposals and ideas. Also, the intersectional community of thinkers, makers, and cultural producers has already lead to collaborations and ongoing conversations. I could never have foreseen that I would learn so much about myself, my identity, and my practice in such a short amount of time.
— Jeanne Medina

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Virtual tours of Caldera's facilities can be found at:
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Artists are provided with a welcome dinner on the night of arrival and with one family-style dinner each week during their stay.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Children allowed for full stay
    Parent artists are welcome to attend with their children and another caretaker. Children and caretaker can come and go as needed. Artists in residence should plan to stay at Caldera for the entire duration of the residency (3.5 weeks).
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    We have plans to upgrade one of our A-frames so that it is fully accessible; however currently the bathroom is not wheelchair-friendly.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    *The Campbell Studio (Studio A) (42'x27' with shelving & kiln) *Studio B (48'x26') *Studio Loft (18'x16') *Darkroom (supplies not included) *Rehearsal studio (94'x45' with sprung floor and piano)

Residency Fees

There is a $35 application fee for individuals and $75 application fee for collaborations, but no other residency fees.

Stipends / other support

Stipends are occasionally available.

Additional expectations / opportunities

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. 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.

Contact Information

31500 Blue Lake Drive
Sisters, Oregon 97759
United States
Tel: 541.595.0956