Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Sitka residencies provide time and space for self-paced work and reflection in an inspiring natural setting. Residents from a broad range of art, writing, performance and science-based practices come to Sitka to create and explore away from the familiar contexts and constraints of daily routines, and free from external expectations. Located within the unique ecosystems of Cascade Head and the Salmon River Estuary on Oregon's central coast, Sitka is a place where natural curiosity is sparked and creativity is unleashed.
Since the founding, they have hosted hundreds of visual artists, photographers, writers, journalists, musicians, composers, filmmakers, educators and a broad range of natural scientists and interdisciplinary creatives. They currently invite 14-30 practitioners to stay at Sitka each year. Some are emerging voices while others are practicing professionals, and the residents represent a diversity of geographies and cultural backgrounds. A range of personal and shared experiences are possible at Sitka, from sanctuary and solitude to cross-pollination and community.
A few days after the start of each residency cycle, they hold a Show & Tell event and invite the local community. During these events, participating residents give brief presentations (approximately 10-15 minutes each) and share their work.
Sitka's studios are comfortable and flexible. They can provided basic items like easels, task lights, tables and chairs. One studio contains a printing press, and there is a small ceramics studio on campus. Sitka does not provide art or laboratory supplies used for art making or scientific investigation. Please talk with the organisers about your specific needs.
Each resident receives private living space and, if needed, private studio space. Studios and residences are assigned by the Sitka Center depending on individual needs and collective needs. Residences include private living, sleeping, bathroom and kitchen areas. Each kitchen is equipped for basic cooking. Laundry facilities are available at a central location on campus.
On the central Oregon coast in the Cascade National Scenic Research Area and near the Salmon River Estuary and Pacific Ocean. The campus is nestled in a Sitka spruce tree grove. There is a natural sense of tranquility and peace. Residents are encouraged to experience the area by hiking, walking, following elk trails, canoeing, and kayaking.