Anderson Ranch Artists-in-Residence Program

Anderson Ranch offers an Artists-in-Residence Program designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists.  Residency finalists are chosen on the basis of artistic merit by an independent jury of established working artists and will live and work at Anderson Ranch for a approximately a ten week residency period.  While in residence, all artists will share in an established community of interaction, conceptual development and intense production of work. Given the staffing and facilities available at the Ranch, its Artist-in-Residence program will become one of the most robust programs of its type in the United States.
There are no specific educational qualifications for entry into the Artists-in-Residence program.  Awards will be made to those, who in the exclusive opinion of the jury, have submitted the best work by the application deadline.
While in residence, artists will be encouraged to pursue their own work amidst a group of artistic peers.  The residency is designed to allow artists to take risks and pursue new projects and ideas, free from every day pressures.  The residency is for those artists desirous of advancing their work or creating a new body of work.  Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to pursue a multidisciplinary approach toward their work while at the Ranch.  Resident artists will be provided with housing, studio space, meals and certain other benefits and will be required to submit only a nominal residency fee of $1,500.  While in residence, there is an optional structure of critical study such as studio visits, visiting artists and critics, etc.
Four of the 28 residencies are fully funded fellowships awarded by the jury panel.
The residency is offered during two terms each year (approximate dates):

  • Fall Term: October – December 2015 (ten weeks)
  • Spring Term: February – April 2016 (ten weeks)

The application deadline for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Artists in Residence Program is FEBRUARY 15, 2015 and must be submitted via our online application formNotifications to applicants/recipients will be made by early April 2015.
Approximately 14 artists will be in residence during each term. The Ranch strives to have an equal mix of emerging and established artists working together. Current housing and studio space allows for the following numbers of residencies in each area, each term:

Photography and New Media
Furniture Design/Wood/Sculpture
Painting & Drawing

Residents must declare themselves to either emerging or established artists.

  • Emerging Artist – Open to any age over eighteen. Designed for artists in the critical early stages of their career who would benefit from ten weeks of time to focus on their work. Typical residents might include those who completed BFA or MFA programs within the past ten years. Most will not have had the opportunity to have a significant exhibition in a gallery or museum or have a piece yet placed in major collections.
  • Established Artist – Open to any age over eighteen. Designed for those who have established a career in the visual arts. Typical residents might include those who have had a major exhibition, and/or had pieces placed in major collections. They may also teach visual arts in respected colleges and universities. Most will have had more than ten years of active studio practice.

Important Dates for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Artists-in-Residence Program:
(The Residency is offered in two terms during the year)

  • February 15, 2015: Online application submittal deadline
  • Early April 2015: Notification to applicants/recipients
  • Term I – Fall: October – December 2015 (10 weeks)
  • Term II – Spring: February – April 2016 (10 weeks)

The Anderson Ranch Artists-in-Residence Program is generously funded by the following foundations and individuals:

    • The Melva Bucksbaum and Ray Learsy Endowed Fund
    • the Eskin Family Foundation
    • Karen and Jim Frank
    • John M. Hartigan Endowed Fund
    • Joanne and Lee Lyon Endowed Fund
    • The National Endowment for the Arts
    • The PAJWELL Foundation
    • Sara Ransford
    • Mary Scanlan
    • The Windgate Charitable Foundation
    • Additional support is provided by the Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists
    • and many other individuals

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