Lucas Artists Fellows are identified through a nomination/invitational process that helps ensure support for highly qualified artists, with the potential to become major voices in the next generation of creative thinkers, who might not normally find their way to residency programs.
Montalvo has hosted resident artists since 1939; in 2004, the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program was created, with new facilities designed by six teams of artists and architects, and comprised of 10 discipline-specific live/work studios and one commons building. The residency offers facilities and staff supportive of the creative process, in an environment conducive to both individual practice and the energetic exchange of ideas among international and culturally diverse fellows. The residency has earned international recognition as a model of curatorial practice supporting new and challenging contemporary work.
While at Montalvo, residents are granted time for solitary, creation and exploration, as well as the opportunity for stimulating interaction with colleagues. Residents are also provided ample opportunities to engage with the wider community of Silicon Valley through public presentations of and conversations about their work and process. The program’s international focus fosters a cultural and ethnic diversity that offers a variety of perspectives and a global framework of ideas. Shared dinners are especially significant, thanks to Montalvo’s unique Culinary Fellowship, and encourage residents to linger in a vibrant exchange of ideas that often continues long after their residencies come to an end.
Montalvo's Culinary Program is designed to support chefs in gaining the experience of running their own kitchen and developing their repertoire. Through the program, they offer a Culinary Fellowship to a highly qualified chef, who lives on-site for a year, cooking for Artists-In-Residence; they also host Culinary Workshops and other cooking events/classes, and they maintain a garden of fresh herbs, vegetables, and a beehive - all providing food used in many of their Culinary Fellow's meals.
A complex of ten state-of-the-art, discipline-specific live/work studios and a commons building designed by six teams of renowned architects and artists, all set within the 175 acre arts center and park that house the residency.
Located in the Saratoga hills, Montalvo occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres, which Senator James Duval Phelan left to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature, and architecture.
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