Visual Arts
2 weeks
Paid by host 


Paid by artist 

Application fee, all transportation expenses and meals.

Application guidelines 

Any adult visual artist can submit an application. Open to artists working in any traditional and non-traditional genre and media. Each application must be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable submission fee.


NOW open studio accepts applications with regular due dates throughout the year.

NOW open studio

NOW open studio

NOW Artist Residency


The goal of NOW ARTIST RESIDENCY program is to provide a private oasis that fosters creative health and enables inspiration to flourish. After acceptance into the program individuals stay as guests in the NOW Open Studio private garden room relieving them of costly accommodation expenses. This two-week intensive stay in the vintage Sellwood burrow of Portland will enable artists to disconnect while reconnecting to their inner muse. Residency consists of the following:

  • Individuals stay as guests (no lodging cost) in the NOW Open Studio private garden room for a two week residency.
  • Artist receives a self guided two week session in Creative Stimulation to redirect their creative thought patterns

NOW Artist Residency is open for application by serious emerging or established artist, including recent BFA/MFA graduates. International (non-U.S. resident) artists will be responsible for securing their own travel authorization, Visa documents, etc. NOW cannot secure authorization, but will provide basic documentation explaining the nature of the residency. The ideal candidate for the residency program may be working in any media or genre. Goals for the NOW Artist Residency include:

  • Provide an ideal space for creative inspiration.
  • Greatly increase the likelihood of future success for the artist.
  • Offer the opportunity to develop networking opportunites for the artist.
  • Create a supportive environment
  • Place the artist in a vital arts community in Portland, OR with a location ideal for meeting and learning from other artists and arts organizations in the city.

The Artist in Residence must remain in good standing, fully using the space and resources provided, for the full duration. Accepting the award constitutes a commitment to the full two week program. NOW believes a two week immersion in the process of NOW plus the culture and energy of Portland, OR is required in order for the program to make its intended positive impact.

Accommodation Information 

1 private garden room with en-suite.

Studio Information 
  • Outdoor studio area for painting /drawing etc.
  • Outdoor and indoor study areas.
Technical Information 

Library, basic art materials and Wi-fi.

Portland, OR 97202
United States

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