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The Artists' House
The Artists' Barn
View to the Artists Barn and the Pacific
The Choreography Studio
The Middlebrook Studios

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers 30-day core residencies (April-November) and 1-4 week winter residencies (Dec/Jan) for alumni at no cost to the artists. National and international artists in the disciplines of media arts/new genres, visual arts, literature, choreography, and music composition are welcome. The Program provides core residents with studio space, food and lodging and local transportation. Winter alumni residents are provided studio space and lodging.

The Program offer fee-based workshop/retreats led by alumni in dance/movement, photography, and literature (young adult, novel writing, memoir and environmental writing)

The Program invites 10-12 artists each 30-day period. Artists arrive and leave at the same time and are asked to share the evening meal (prepared by Chef Dan Tosh) 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, the July session is devoted to a special themed residency--Scientific Delirium Madness--which links artists and scientists exploring the art/science continuum.

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. Three 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 580-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-specific sculptures created on the land by former residents.


  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 10-12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 79
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 872 + 52 nominations for scientists


  • 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/New Genres (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. Project-based winter residencies are available for Program alumni.
    Nominations for scientists to participate in Scientific Delirium Madness should be sent to Artists interested in Scientific Delirium Madness should apply through the regular process, listing the July residency as their top choice.

  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    March 16 is the ONLY deadline for residencies for the following calendar year. Winter residency deadline of Sept 12 is for alumni artists only. Website provides information on funder-specific residency opportunities if available.

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 are provided a private live/work space in the Artists’ House. Visual and performing artists are provided private live/work space in the Artists’ Barn (heated with wood-burning stoves), which include a sleeping loft. The Middlebrook Studios are 280 square foot, individual cabins with private bathrooms for writers and non-studio artists. 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. Winter residents must provide and prepare their own food.
  • 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
    Most living quarters, studios, and public areas are wheelchair accessible. One of the Middlebrook Studios is ADA-compliant with design accommodations for hearing and sight-impaired residents. Assist 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); ceramics arts(small electric kiln only); music studio (6-foot studio grand piano, 88 key Midi keyboard and sound system); 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 $10 for winter alumni residents 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