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Every winter from January through March, creative individuals, collaborations, and performing ensembles are awarded the gift of time and space at our beautiful Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon, for 3.5 week residencies. In 2019, we will also offer a limited number of 2 week residencies.

Residencies are open to US-based and international artists in any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design, and the sciences. 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.

Click here for bios of our 2019 Artists in Residence.

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AiR Priorities

Residencies are open to US-based and international artists in any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in culinary arts, design, and the sciences. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students at the time of the residency are eligible. Caldera supports collaborations 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 of color: Caldera’s AiR cohorts will be made up of at minimum 50% artists of color.

– Supporting community-engaged work and teaching artists: Caldera prioritizes supporting artists who wish to engage with our youth and broader community through teaching or other activities.

– Supporting parent artists: Caldera is one of the few residencies that allows parent artists to attend with their children and an additional caretaker.

– Supporting geographic diversity: Caldera values geographic diversity in our AiR cohorts – i.e. rural and urban, artists from both inside and outside Oregon, and international artists.

Read this for help understanding if a residency is right for you.


Application Process

Our application process is currently on hold. 

Caldera is pausing our Artists in Residence application process while we undertake an environmental scan in the first half of 2019. During this time we will be looking deeply at the needs of communities we serve and the landscape of organizations in our fields. We will also engage our communities in discussion and reflection on our past work and future strategies.

Please sign up for our newsletter in the footer at the bottom of this page. We will announce program updates there.

If you have questions, please contact Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Director. Email: AiR@CalderaArts.org, Phone: 541.595.0956.

Selection Process

Selection panels meet in spring to review applications and make recommendations for finalists and alternates. Panelists review applications using the following criteria: quality, promise, and feasibility, and select finalists based on the priorities listed above. 

Three panels of artists and art professionals choose 21-36 artists for residences each year. The panels change annually in order to keep the program dynamic. Final award of residencies are at the discretion of Caldera.

Invitations are made to finalists and alternates in June for residencies the following winter. All applicants will be notified of their status in July.

Stipends + Fees

Caldera does not charge residency fees, but we do ask applicants to pay a small application fee ($35 for individuals and $75 for collaborations). If our application fee is a barrier to you, please contact Caldera staff by emailing AiR@CalderaArts.org.

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 can be quite 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 aside from registered service animals.

– Caldera is smoke-free.

– 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 wheelchair accessible, however our cabins are not. Please contact us with specific questions around accessibility needs.


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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 Space

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 and audio/visual 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 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, and etching press. 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 short 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 at our Arts Center 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 2019 are: January 26, February 23, and March 23.

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.