2 and 3.5 week
Paid by host 

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.

Paid by artist 

Residents are responsible for food, travel, materials, and other expenses.

Application guidelines 

Applications for 2021 residencies are open and are due by midnight on May 31, 2020.





Through their 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. 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.
  • 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.
Accommodation Information 

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).

Studio Information 
  • 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 the Arts Center page for photos of their facilities.

224 NW 13th Avenue,
Suite 304
Portland, OR 97209
United States
CALDERA (Blue Lake Facility)
31500 Blue Lake Drive
Sisters, OR 97759
United States

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