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The Artists' House
The Artists' Barn
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The Choreography Studio
The Middlebrook Studios

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers 30-day residencies (March-November.) National and international artists in the disciplines of media arts, visual arts, literature, choreography, and music composition are welcome. The Program provides studio space, food and lodging and local transportation at no cost to artists.

The Program also offers fee-based workshop/retreats led by alumni in dance/movement, photography, and creative writing.
There are 11-12 artists in each session. Artists arrive and leave at the same time and are asked to share the evening meal (prepared by the Program chef) to facilitate collegiality. Many artists make life-long friendships and launch collaborative projects subsequent to their residencies.

In collaboration with LEONARDO, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, one session is devoted to a special themed residency--Scientific Delirium Madness--which links artists and scientists exploring the art/science continuum. Artists interested in Scientific Delirium Madness should apply through the regular process, checking this session as their top choice.

We trust artists. We believe artists deserve the gift of time. Residents are encouraged to free themselves from outside distractions during their stay and limit their trips "off the mountain". There are no work requirements--Djerassi is committed to exploration and the artistic process. This is a retreat in every sense of the word--very few outsiders visit. Four staff members live on-site to quietly assist you if necessary. The setting is rustic, natural and quiet.


Woodside, California: United States

The Program is located on a 583-acre former cattle ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 40 miles south of San Francisco. The secluded, private and remote property encompasses vast grasslands with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, cascading creeks, and woodlands thick with towering redwoods, ageless coastal oaks, and twisting madrone. Miles of hiking trails lead artists-in-residence to more than 50 site-inspired sculptures created on the land by former residents.


  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 11-12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 66
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 968


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Open to national and international artists working in the disciplines of Literature (prose, poetry, and playwriting), Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, mixed-media, etc.), Media Arts (film, video installation, interactive web based, sound, and performance art), Music Composition, and Choreography. The Program strives for a wide range of applicants and accepts artists of diverse backgrounds, career stages, ages, and geographical origin. Repeat residencies are allowed after a three-year hiatus. Students are not eligible.

  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Core Season and Scientific Delirium: Deadline is March 15, 2018 for residencies in 2019. The application fee is $45. There is a late deadline of March 22 with $65 fee.

Past Residents & Quotes

There were no obligations or expectations other than those I imposed on myself. I was free from external distractions and amongst fellow artists who had also given themselves permission to focus completely on their work.
— Carina Rodney, Playwright, Tyne & Wear, England

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Writers and non-studio artists are provided a private live/work space in the Artists’ House and Midllebrook studios. Visual and performing artists are provided private live/work space in the Artists’ Barn (heated with wood-burning stoves), which include a sleeping loft. Furnishings and linens are provided.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Weeknight meals are prepared by the Program Chef; the kitchens are stocked for other meals, which residents prepare for themselves. Vegetarian meals available; kitchens in two buildings are available for residents’ use.
  • 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
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    We work to accommodate artists of all abilities. Most living quarters, studios, and public areas are level spaces with no steps. One of the Middlebrook Studios is ADA-compliant with design accommodations for hearing and sight-impaired residents. Service animals are welcome but must be on-leash/controlled at all times.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Facilities for computers and digital media (wireless internet access, email stations with printers, Mac G4 with Adobe Creative Suite, color printer, digital video camera, digital projector and slide projector); metal shop (basic welding equipment); painting (studios include sinks, easels, and tables); photography (B&W processing); sculpture (basic woodworking tools); music studio (The Composer’s Studio is provided with some basic equipment, including: microphones, boom mic stands, pre amp, power amp, turntable, CD player, 2 KEF speakers, Fender Passport Event 4-channel and 7-channel speakers, Mackie 6-channel mixer, computer monitor, electric keyboard, Wurlitzer electric piano, and baby grand piano.); dance studio (1000-sq.-ft. sprung dance floor, mirrors, sound system, TV/VCR/DVD); and writing (studios in Artists House and Middlebrook Studios include a large desk, live/work space, and small outdoor deck).
  • Other facilities and services: Large common room or meeting space for residents’ use in Artists’ Barn; laundry facilities on-site. Shared Mac computers available for e-mail and Internet access in common areas; wireless Internet access. Transportation to/from San Francisco airport and weekly town trip provided. Smoking permitted outdoors only. Guests (including children) are welcome as day visitors ONLY.

Residency Fees

$45 application fee for core residents $65 late fee after deadline $10 Workshops Fee may be waived on request on a case-by-case basis

Stipends / other support

Please see our website for details

Additional expectations / opportunities

While in residence artists are responsible for light housekeeping duties. All artists are asked to create an "Artist’s Page" commemorating their Djerassi Program residency; these artworks are periodically exhibited and a limited number of reproductions are auctioned/sold to benefit the Program. A rental car is available on a limited basis. Scientific Delirium Madness (July) residents have several public programming responsibilities including a one-day Open House/Open Studios event, writing for a special LEONARDO blog, and availability for documentary (video and print) interviews regarding their participation.

Contact Information

2325 Bear Gulch Road
Woodside, California 94062
United States
Tel: 650 747-1250