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Through our residency program, Caldera supports artists, creatives, and cultural workers to build skills, relationships, and projects that inspire growth, combat oppression, and activate change. Residents draw inspiration from the residency community and the natural world surrounding the Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Caldera offers 2 and 3.5 week residencies January through March. A cohort of 7 – 10 artists is in residence each month.

Residencies are open to US-based and international artists, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children (more information below).

Click here for bios of our 2020 Artists in Residence.

The application for 2021 residencies is open. See the Application section below for details.

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AiR Priorities

Residencies are open to US-based and international artists, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students at the time of the residency are eligible.

Caldera supports collaborations of up to 4 people, as well as individuals.

Proposals for creative residencies must be compatible with available working studio spaces, facilities, and resources.Caldera has identified the following as priorities for our Artists in Residence Program, and selection is made with these in mind.

– Supporting artists and cultural workers who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color).

– Supporting community engaged artists and teaching artists who have experience working with racially/ethnically diverse groups of young people. Teaching artist applicants are invited to propose a multi-session workshop for high school-aged youth that they would like to teach during their residency.

– Supporting parents, particularly parents of color. Caldera welcomes parents to attend with their children and an additional caretaker. See information for parent artists below.

– Supporting artists and cultural workers who are advancing cultural and/or environmental justice. Working toward cultural justice means centering and making visible the voices and stories of those who are typically not valued in dominant culture – those impacted by racism and other forms of oppression and marginalization. Cultural justice supports those communities in telling their stories and sharing their creativity on their own terms. Environmental justice affirms the intersection between art, story, experience and the natural world. Working toward environmental justice means centering the voices and needs of communities who are disproportionately impacted by the crisis of climate change and have enduring connections to the land.


Application Process

Applications for 2021 residencies are closed. All applicants will be notified of their status by September 1, 2020.

2021 Residency Dates
January 8 – February 1, 2021 (3.5 weeks)
January 18 – February 1, 2021 (2 weeks)
February 5 – March 1, 2021 (3.5 weeks)
February 15 – March 1, 2021 (2 weeks)
March 5 – 29, 2021 (3.5 weeks)
March 15 – 29, 2021 (2 weeks)

Applications are reviewed by a panel of AiR Program alumni as well as other peer artists and curators using the following criteria:

Creative Practice
* The applicant articulates a creative practice that is contextualized with clear themes, concepts, and/or intentions.
* The applicant’s work…
– moves you or makes you want to learn more
– has strong concepts/ideas/perspective
– is dynamic and rigorous
– demonstrates cultural integrity and ethical use of material with specific cultural origins and context.
* The applicant’s materials demonstrate growth in their work or, if the applicant is less experienced, the potential for development.

* The applicant has a compelling vision for utilizing their residency
* The applicant articulates how the residency will contribute to the development of their work.

* The applicant and their work align with AiR program priorities (above).

* The applicant demonstrates understanding of how to utilize a residency.
* The work is feasible to accomplish at Caldera given our location, facilities, and resources.

If you have questions, please contact Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Director. Email: AiR@CalderaArts.org, Phone: 503.937.3075.


Depending on funding, stipends may be available for residents. We do not require a separate application for stipends and will let finalists for residencies know if funding is available.


The Caldera Arts Center is located at an altitude of 3,500 feet in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We sit on the shores of Blue Lake, the third deepest lake in Oregon, among 120 acres of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir surrounded by Deschutes National Forest.By design, residents form a small community of 7–12 artists. Collaboration and exchange is encouraged.

Residents are given 24-hour access to all facilities and the time and space to create. All residents have access to the Hearth Building including a Library common area with fireplace, A/V systems, and a well-equipped commercial kitchen. Please visit our Arts Center page for photos of our facilities.

Residency periods are in winter and early spring when weather is variable in the Cascades. Applicants should prepared for up to 4 feet of snow on the ground, heavy snowfall, rain, and temperatures from the 50s to the teens.

Due to our rural location, applicants should be comfortable with a high degree of solitude and disconnection from the outside world. The closest town, Sisters, is 25 minutes away by car.

Additional elements that applicants should be aware of:

– There is little to no cell service at Caldera. Dependable service is a 20-minute drive away in Sisters. A landline phone is available for calls using a calling card.

– Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hearth Building, studios, and cabins, however due to our rural location, it can be slow and unreliable and is not appropriate for streaming media.

– We regret that pets are not allowed.

– Caldera is smoke-free.

– We are a child-friendly residency and welcome children to participate as part of our residency community. Applicants should be comfortable with children in shared common areas, at weekly shared dinners and other gatherings.

– Overnight guests are not allowed. Accommodations for visitors are available in the local area and range from 2–16 miles from Caldera. Exceptions are for parent artists who may have their children and a caretaker stay overnight in their cabin and artists being dropped off the first night of the residency.


Caldera’s Studios and the Hearth Building are ADA accessible, however our cabins are not. Winter weather including ice and snow on the ground and walkways also impacts accessibility at our facility. Please contact us directly with specific questions or provide information about your needs in your application.


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Residents are provided a private cabin with sleeping loft, living room/work area, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and a porch overlooking Link Creek or with a view of Blue Lake. Wireless internet is available in all cabins.

Cabin kitchens have a coffee pot, two-burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator, dishes, and pots and pans. Residents also have access to a full commercial kitchen in the Hearth Building.

Cabins are heated by electric heat and most include wood stoves (with wood provided).

Please visit our Arts Center page for photos of our facilities.

Studio Spaces

Writers and others not needing an expansive space work in their a-frame cabins, which contain a large table and living area. A shared loft space in the Hearth Building is optional for writers and digital artists.

Performing artists work in the Hearth Building Grand Room, which is a large, light-filled semi-private space with a sprung wood floor, audio/visual system and lighting system. The main floor area is 65′ x 40′ and the stage is 24′ x 20′

Visual artists work in one of Caldera’s two studios which feature natural light and large white walls:

The Campbell Studio is a semi-private space that holds two studios for visual artists of all kinds. One side of Campbell Studio has two electric kilns, a slab roller, pottery wheel, drying shelves, a work table, sink and counter; the other side has large walls, a work table, a large and small sink and counters. The main floor is 42′ x 27′. This studio also has a 18′ x 26′ loft for additional workspace.

The Photo Studio has large walls, a sink, counter, work table, a darkroom with related equipment, and an etching press. The main floor is 48′ x 26′. This studio also has a 10′ x 18′ loft for additional workspace.

Artists should be able to practice their work independently without assistance and provide their own materials and tools.

Please visit our Arts Center page for photos of our facilities.


Caldera provides a welcome dinner the night of arrival and one shared dinner each week. Residents provide all other meals for themselves.


Caldera’s visual arts studios include some equipment that is available for residents including: two kilns, pottery wheel, slab roller, drying shelves, a darkroom, projectors, and etching press. Our performing arts studio includes a full audio/visual system with microphones and large screen projection, and a lighting system. Extra tables and chairs are also available for residents if needed.

Residents provide all other tools and materials.


Residents arrange and provide their own travel to Caldera. If requested, Caldera can arrange a pickup at the Redmond Airport for those arriving by plane or bus.

Residents have access to a shared vehicle for trips to town during their residency.

Open Studios + Community Outreach

Residents are not required to finish a project during their residency, but they are invited to share work with the local community at our Open Studios events at the end of each month. Open Studios are held on the last Saturday of every residency from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Dates for 2020 Open Studios are: February 1 (at the Downtown Bend Library), February 29 (at Caldera Arts Center), and March 28 (at Caldera Arts Center).

Artists are also invited to apply to provide workshops or create outreach projects with Caldera youth or community members in Central Oregon. Proposals are reviewed by Caldera staff for fit with our program and an artist’s experience working with youth or adults. Teaching and outreach opportunities are by application and invitation only.

Information for Parent Artists

As an organization founded to mentor young people through creative expression and connection to the natural world, offering residencies that welcome children to attend with their parent(s) is a natural extension of our mission. We honor children as a part of our residency community. Please contact staff with any questions.

– Parent artists are welcome to attend with their children and another caretaker. Children and caretaker can come and go from Caldera as needed. Artists in residence should plan to reside at Caldera for the entire residency.

– Families are assigned a private a-frame cabin with 3 or 4 beds and (if requested) a separate studio, which may be shared with another artist.

– Children and caretakers are welcome to attend weekly dinners provided by Caldera.

– Caldera does not provide childcare, but we can assist parents in connecting with local providers who are willing to provide childcare onsite.

– Caldera has two pack and plays, two high chairs, baby gates and outlet covers for families to use in their cabin and/or studio.

– We are in a rural area in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and travel can be difficult in the winter due to the amount of snow we receive. That said, the snow provides lots of opportunity for outdoor fun for children (sledding, snowshoeing, building forts, etc.). We are about 25 minutes away from Sisters, the closest town.