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A Listing of Notable Artist Residencies in the USA

American Artist Colonies


Creative people such as artists, writers, dancers, composers, etc. need time away from the daily grind in order to think and create new artworks. The artist residency is such a place.

Artists residencies may be located in rural areas, deep in the woods, or may be located in the heart of vibrant cities. What they do have in common, is that they provide live/work spaces for artists to focus on their work for a short period like a couple weeks to even lengthier one year residencies.

And just like in the arts, variety is the key here. Some residencies focus on painting, while others focus on theater or digital arts. Here is a brief sampling of some of the artists residencies available in the United States. Click on the individual profile for detailed information about the residency.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Anderson Ranch Arts Center has a focus on ceramics as its founder invented American raku. The Colorado residency was established in 1968 and also accepts photographers, sculptors and wood workers.


Artpace in downtown San Antonio, and founded in 1995, invites guest curators to choose several artists for this specialized artist-in-residency.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts near Daytona Beach in Florida is an interdisciplinary artists' community where master artists work alongside emerging artists in a nurturing environment for the creation of the arts.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Old abandoned warehouses and factories make ideal art studios. So thought a group of artists when they established the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 1985 in the Bemis Bag Warehouse in Omaha, Nebraska. The studio is equipped for woodworking, ceramics, painting and sculpture.

Centrum Artist in Residence

Centrum Artist in Residence is located in scenic Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington. Both individual and collaborative projects are encouraged.

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, located near San Francisco, was established in 1979. Typically during a residency session, there will be 3 writers, 1 choreographer, 1 composer, 2 visual artists, and 1 media artist in attendance.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts is located outside of San Francisco in a former military building in the Marin Headlands. It is a site for artists to develop new ideas.

Kala Art Institute

Kala Art Institute was founded in 1975 and is located in Berkeley, California. It only provides studio space and is geared for artists who work in digital media, printmaking, photography, book arts, or video production.

The MacDowell Colony

The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire was established in 1907 and is the first artist colony in the United States. It is famous for its history of renowned artists in residence.

The Millay Colony for the Arts

The Millay Colony for the Arts, located in the rural environment of Austerlitz, NY, was established in 1973. It was originally the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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