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View from Cascade Head
Ariel view of Sitka Center
McKee House from path
McKee House interior view
Christy Wyckoff in Smith Studio

Sitka Center / Artist and Ecologist Residency Program

The Sitka Center’s Residency Program has provided more than 200 visual artists, writers, and musicians the opportunity to conduct their work while deeply engaging with the inspirational coastal environment of Cascade Head. Up to five residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. The Residency Program fosters cross-disciplinary creative and intellectual work for residents individually and collectively. Sitka’s residents, many of whom are internationally respected and prize-winning, share their work with the local community through presentations, workshops, and service projects. For more info, visit http://www.sitkacenter.org/3-0.html

In addition to the Residency Program described above, Sitka also offers the Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency, to provide space and time for transformative ecological thought. The residency is offered to scientists, researchers, policy makers, and others whose work centers around environmental, conservation or ecological concerns. One applicant per year will be selected for this residency. For more info, visit http://www.sitkacenter.org/3-1.html

The Sitka Center also offers the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency (for non-printmakers), which was established in 2002 to provide artists with little or no printmaking experience the opportunity, for 2-weeks, to explore a new creative medium with guidance, instruction and technical assistance from a professional etching printer. For more info, visit http://www.sitkacenter.com/3-6.lasso

Location

Otis, Oregon: United States

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is located on the central Oregon coast just north of Lincoln City and sits within breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the protected Salmon River estuary. Rooted within its mission to expand the relationships between art, nature, and humanity, and sheltered beneath the branches of its namesake Sitka Spruce, the Sitka Center has today grown into an epicenter of creative and intellectual exploration.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 3 1/2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 12
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 130

Eligibility

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

    Sitka’s residency program is designed for an artist, writer, or naturalist who has earned a BA, BS, BFA, and/or MA, MS, MFA, PhD degree or has equivalent professional experience. It is open to visual artists, naturalists, writers, and musicians. Selection by the Residency Committee will include consideration in three categories:

    Emerging Artist / Writer / Naturalist
    Mid-Career Artist / Writer / Naturalist
    Artist / Writer / Naturalist on Sabbatical

  • Application deadline: April 18

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
See http://www.sitkacenter.org/3-5.html for a list of Sitka's past residents.
"... I feel like I leave with a renewed relationship with myself, with my drawing and painting, which is truly Sitka's greatest gift to me at this time."
— Phyllis Trowbridge

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    There are three private living quarters on campus: the Morley House, Russ’ Treehouse and the Petterson Apartment. Each residence is a self-contained unit that includes a sleeping area, kitchen, and bathroom. The living quarters are supplied with bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels. Each kitchen is equipped with a modest supply of kitchenware, including dishes, cooking pans, a coffeemaker, microwave, and toaster. Each residence is unique, varying in size, lighting, heat source, storage, and living space.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Each resident is expected to provide for his/her personal needs while in residence. Residents are responsible for providing their own food, studio supplies, transportation, and any additional living supplies they might need.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    Pets are not allowed
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Sitka offers a living space that is ADA compliant and a studio that is wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Sitka Center is located on a small 0.65 acre plot donated by the homeowners of the surrounding Cascade Head Ranch. Its facilities include the Collins Centrum, which houses a reception area, offices, and the Hale Reference Library; the Sculpture Studio, a work room for clay, wood, and stone; the Smith Studio, which houses Sitka’s Ray Trayle press and other equipment appropriate to printmaking; the Boyden Studio, the first building on campus used primarily as a painting studio; and the Edelman Studio, an exhibition and presentation space.

Residency Fees

Residents live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. Transportation, food and other costs are the resident's responsibility.

Stipends / other support

None available at this time.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents are asked to share about their past or current work in a public presentation at the start and end of the residency period. Community service requirement is met through outreach chosen by the resident, such as volunteering or conducting a workshop, equal to one hour per week of residency.

Contact Information

56605 Sitka Drive
Otis, Oregon 97368
United States
Tel: 541-994-5485