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Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios Residency Program in Paonia, CO, provides space and time for artists to create in a unique and supportive environment. Time spans are individually based – 1 to 6 months. Visual artists, writers, musicians, and performance artists are welcome. Situated in ‘down town’ Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the community, to create or participate in art exhibitions, and to teach classes or workshops . . .or just time to focus on work. Shared Studio space as well as Ceramics and Woodworking shop on site. Residency fees are $500 to $700 per month, which includes utilities and WiFi. The North Fork Valley (home of Paonia) was designated as a Certified Creative District by the State of CO in June (one of 7 in the state!) The rich diversity of artisans, agrarians, performers, and epicureans makes this a great place to spend time.

2016 Composer Residency

Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO is offering a special residency From July 1st to September 29th. The application deadline is March 15th.

This residency opportunity is for an emerging or mid career musician who composes their own music. This is open to all genres of music, so be as creative as you like. The lucky composer chosen for this special funded residency opportunity will live and work at Elsewhere Studios from July thru September and will receive a $250 monthly stipend. During the time at Elsewhere the resident will compose new work to be performed at Paonia's Mountain Harvest Festival in September. The resident will also work directly with Mountain Harvest Creative, the organization that orchestrates the Mountain Harvest Festival, to learn about or participate in the process of producing a live festival performance. For more information on the festival please check out their website.

NOTE: we understand that the summer is touring season for musicians, so please let us know if you plan to be touring during your residency. It will certainly not exclude you from consideration and may play well into the residency.


Paonia, Colorado: United States

Elsewhere exists in the heart of the small town of Paonia, Colorado, located at the base of Lamborn Mountain on the western slope of the Rockies - west of Delta, and about 1.5 hours from Grand Junction. The town itself has a population of 1500, but the surrounding mesas hold another 5000. It is a community of strong individuals, high interest in sustainability, and a growing art scene located in an inspiring landscape where the desert meets the mountains. The North Fork valley has been nicknamed the ‘learning valley’, because of the numerous hands on learning opportunities within the area.


  • Residency Length: 1 to 6 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 28
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 70


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

    Open to all artists including emerging, professional, national and international

  • Application deadline: April 01, August 01, December 01, March 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Residencies beginning September to December, 2016: Deadline is April 1, 2016; Notification mailed by May 1st Residencies beginning January to April, 2017: Deadline is August 1, 2016; Notification mailed by September 1st Residencies beginning May to August, 2017: Deadline is December 1, 2016; Notification mailed by January 2nd Composer Residency Deadline is March 15, 2016

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Alonzo Davis, Kay Lindsey, Jim Vecchi, Mick Lorusso, Sal Strom, Cathe Jenke, Karlanna Lewis, Lori Setton, Shay Lopez, Jimmy Fike, Amy Moosman, Melissa Shaw, Kim Lyle, Alexis Fedorjaczenko, Sarah Burwash, Lahevet Pollack, Rachael Gorchov, Maya Jensen, Matt Ahern, Hilary Emerson Lay, Emma Senft
Elsewhere is a hub of activity, a gathering place for the art, music, and magic of Paonia, and it quickly works its way into your soul, leaving anyone who’s spent time here with the sense they’ve come to the right place.
— Shay Lopez, resident June-July 2011

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Please see website for detailed descriptions of available rooms.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Fully equipped kitchen is shared by residents. Residents are responsible for purchase and preparation of meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Children allowed for full stay
    Spouses/partners allowed for visits. Inquire about family stays - may be possible in upstairs Suite.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The shared studio is approx 360sq ft with high ceilings, and has a sink, track lighting, wireless access and a loft with library. The Suite has its own studio space. See website for photos. The Creamery in Hotchkiss (10 miles away) has a full pottery studio, kilns, etc and is available for small monthly fee. There is also a small ceramic studio that is part of the residency manager's apartment that can be made available to residents - electric and raku kilns. A wood working shop is available with table saw, chop saw and variety of power and hand tools. Also possibility of collaboration with local performing arts spaces for theater and dance space. Paonia has foundry and metal working shops that will work with local artists.
  • Other facilities and services: Bicycles available for local transportation. Rides to and from airport/train in Grand Junction can be arranged for fee. Smoking permitted outside only.

Residency Fees

Residency fees are $500 to $700/month. (These are subsidized - actual cost of residencies are $2000/month). Please see website for descriptions of rooms and current prices. Utilities and WiFi are included. Food travel and materials are responsibility of artists.

Stipends / other support

The cost to Elsewhere is $2000/month per artist, so fees are already greatly subsidized. Please inquire about possible scholarships.

Additional expectations / opportunities

We ask artists to participate in Paonia's monthly Final Friday Art Walk by having their studios open to the local community for the evening. We encourage (but do not require) artists to connect with and contribute to the Paonia community in whatever manner they choose: create or participate in art exhibitions, do collaborative projects with local artists, teach classes or workshops, share with students in local schools. We invite artists to put a piece of work into circulation in the Elsewhere Studios Community Supported Art Library (CSArt)which travels through members homes and businesses until sold.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 926
Paonia, Colorado 81428
United States