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Every winter we invite artists from all over the world to our Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon.

Artists are provided private A-frame cabins and share access to wet and dry studios, a darkroom, a kiln, editing facilities and rehearsal and performance space.

Because we believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to artists from any field, as well as scientists, engineers, and environmentalists.



Caldera’s Artists in Residence program offers the gift of time and space. Residents are given a cabin, 24-hour access to studios and the time and space to create.Residents are responsible for food, travel, materials and other expenses. By design, the residents form a small community of 5–12 artists, depending on the group. A weekly meal is shared and collaboration is encouraged.

Artists aren’t required to finish a project during their residency, but share their work with the local area community in Open Studios events at the end of each month. Artists are also encouraged to do outreach projects with Caldera youth and in neighboring schools in the Sisters area.

Visual, literary, performing artists in all genres are encouraged to apply. 

We do accommodate parent-aritsts, please inquire with Elizabeth Quinn to learn options for parent-artists and their families. 

Occasionally calls for applications for teaching residencies are announced at Caldera. If you would like to be notified of these opportunities, please email AiR Director, Elizabeth Quinn.


Most residencies last one month, and take place in January, February 
and March. New in 2015, two-week residencies in March and residencies open to artists with children.

The due date for applications was June 15, 2014. Applications for 2016 open mid-January 2015.

Panels meet in late summer to review the applications, and 
invitations are made in early September.


A panel of fellow artists and art professionals chooses 15 – 25 artists for residencies each year. The panel changes annually in order to keep the program dynamic. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of Caldera. In some instances, artists and writers are invited to participate without submitting an application.

Proposals for self-directed, creative residencies must be compatible with available working studio spaces, facilities, and resources. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. Mature as well as emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Artists and writers in the United States and US citizens abroad are eligible and along with international artists and writers.


Residents are provided a private A-frame cabin with sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom and a porch overlooking Link creek. Cabins are heated by woodstove, with wood provided. The kitchen has a coffeepot, two-burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator and dishes. The community kitchen in the Hearth Arts Center has a commercial kitchen and is ideal for communal dinners.

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While it is not required, an embrace of how art and nature communicate is encouraged at Caldera.



Artists who wish to apply as collaborators, you must submit under collaboration category.


There is very little cell service at Caldera; dependable service is a 20-minute drive away in Sisters.
 A landline is available to residents. A phone card is required for 
long-distance calls. Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hearth Building, studios and in the A-frames. 


Professional artists from all disciplines, as well as scientists, engineers and environmentalists, are eligible for a residency at Caldera. Alumni must wait a year before reapplying.


The application process must be completed online through Applications are due no later than June 15, 2014. APPLY.


Writers and others not needing an expansive space, work in their A-frames, which contain a large table and living area.

Visual artists work in one of Caldera’s two studios. Campbell Studio is for visual artists of all kinds, and also includes a kiln. Studio B is primarily for photographers and printmakers and includes a darkroom and etching press.  Both studios include natural light, table space, plenty of wall space, and a large loft space above the main floor.


Overnight accommodations are limited to invited residents only. NEW for 2015, artists with children and a caretaker are the only exception. Studio time and teaching and presentation opportunities are only for artists invited through the application process. Accommodations for visitors are available in the local area community and range from two – 16 miles from Caldera. We regret that pets are not allowed. Caldera is a smoke-free environment.

Open Studios

On the last Saturday of every residency, residents are asked to showcase their work in progress in an Open Studio event that is free and open to the public.


Community Outreach

Artists are also encouraged to present their work or create a workshop for a local school or community group. We can help set this up for artists interested in this opportunity.


Go HERE, for past residents’ perspectives of a residency at Caldera. Read THIS, to help understand if a residency is right for you go to.

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Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

“Caldera allowed me to think differently and not be afraid to express myself.”

Adriana (Camp Name: Addy), Caldera Alumnae
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“Caldera is who I am, who I was and who I've yet to become. If it didn't exist…”

Taylor/Shutterbug, Portland student
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