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The following is a list of ecologically oriented residency programs - either as the focus of their organization or as one program of many at their organization.

What is an Arts + Ecology Residency?

The programs listed below represent a range of models. From thematic residency programs supporting artists engaging a specific environmental challenge (Bamboo Curtain Studio, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, A Studio in the Woods, Santa Fe Art Institute), to programs supporting a diverse network of environmental artists and writers across focus areas (Mesa Refuge, Sitka Center for Art + Ecology). From residencies connected to working farms (Art Farm, Grin City Collective, Marble House Project, Wormfarm Institute), to organizations acting as stewards to natural sites and fostering work that connects the public to the natural world (Bernheim, National Park System, Rensing Center, Hambidge Center for Arts + Sciences). Some organizations operate as arts and ecology centers, hosting programming promoting sustainable practices and engaging the public with environmental themes (Crosshatch, Caldera, Willowtail Springs). Other programs foster rich collaborations between artists and scientists, supporting residencies that welcome leaders across fields and disciplines (Ucross, Exploratorium, Sitka Center for Art + Ecology, Playa).

Explore the Alliance's diverse network of residency programs with an ecological focus by browsing the list below. For more information on arts + ecology initiatives at the Alliance, please contact

Art Farm

Location: Marquette, Nebraska : United States
Snapshot: Set on a working farm in south central Nebraska, Art Farm hosts international writers and artists in a collection of rehabilitated farm buildings. Artists assist with maintenance of property and farm-related activities in return for room and board in this remote and rural artist colony. [read more]

Bamboo Curtain Studio

Location: New Taipei City : New Taiwan
: Bamboo Curtain Studio aims to promote cross-cultural exchanges by providing a meeting point for creative talents from national and international art related fields, for short stay or specific projects. The artist residency program engages international artists in projects focused on the environment, global warming, and sustainable living. [read more]


Location: Clermont, Kentucky : United States
Snapshot: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is an educational and recreational nature preserve located 20 minutes from Louisville, Kentucky. The Arts in Nature program provides a vital platform for innovative experimentation and new creative work exploring our deep connection with nature. Multi-disciplinary artists are invited each year to produce large scale work responding to the sites 14,500 acres of protected forest and engaging the site's 250,000 annual visitors. [read more]


Bloedel Reserve

Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington : United States
Snapshot: A Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve gives participants long stretches of uninterrupted time in a breath-taking environment. The mission of Bloedel Reserve's residencies is: To foster creative thinking inspired by nature and exploring the connection between humans and the environment. Bloedel Reserve's 150-acres of tranquil and immaculate grounds and gardens leave visitors feeling refreshed and inspired. [read more]


Location: Sisters, Oregon : United States
Snapshot: Caldera, set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, hosts a range of art and environmental programs including month-long residencies for creative individuals and collaborative groups. [read more]


Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology

Location: East Jordan, Michigan : United States
: Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology's Hill House Residency program grants visual and performing artists, musicians, and writers time and space to create new work in a semi-secluded log cabin in the woods of Michigan. Crosshatch is also home to one of the world's only residencies for emerging farmers and is the host for a range of sustainability focused community programming including classes on food preservation, livestock husbandry and soil development. [read more]

Grin City Collective

Location: Grinnel, Iowa : United States
Snapshot: Grin City Collective is an artist residency, a social practice art collaboration and a working farm all rolled into one program in rural Iowa. While in residence, artists may elect to learn about farm-to-table living with Grin City's Farm Outreach Program working with Grin City's organic Middle Way Farm. [read more]

Hambidge Center for Arts + Sciences

Location: Rabun Gap, Georgia: United States
Snapshot: Hambidge is the oldest artists residency program in the Southeast, and one of the oldest programs in the United States. Set on a 600-acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hambidge's mission is to offer a nurturing retreat for artists, preserve Hambidge's pristine natural environment, and provide public educational programming. [read more]

I-Park Environmental Art Program

Location: East Haddam, Connecticut : United States
Snapshot: I-Park views environmental art as a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory field – at its most impactful when the works are created and experienced in-situ. I-Park's Environmental Art Program invites artists to create ephemeral, site-responsive work on the Connecticut property. [read more]

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm

Location: Jefferson, Maine : United States
The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making. Historically, artists have celebrated the beauty and richness of the American landscape. Our purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. [read more]

Marble House Project

Location: Dorset, Vermont : United States
Snapshot: Through artist residencies, workshops, and sustainable agriculture, Marble House Project promotes an innovative atmosphere and platform for a dynamic exchange of ideas. The organization is focused on promoting and connecting conservation of natural resources, integration of small-scale organic food productio, and the arts. [read more]

McColl Center for Art + Innovation | Environmental Residency Program

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina : United States
Snapshot: McColl Center for Art + Innovation's Environmental Artist-in-Residence program was founded on the principle that the integration of art, science, community engagement, and education can create innovative and effective ecological interventions. The program invites artists to take on ecological challenges affecting Charlotte's public lands and inact large-scale community-based, ecological art projects. [read more]

The Mesa Refuge

Location: Point Reyes Station, California : United States
Snapshot: The Mesa Refuge offers two-week residencies inviting writers to think and write about the intersections between human activity and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. A Mesa Refuge residency provides an opportunity to develop ideas and projects about a more just and sustainable world so that they can be published and transformed into practice. [read more]

National Park System AIRs

Location: Various : United States
Snapshot: The stewards of over 400 natural and historic places, the National Park Service currently hosts 50 artist residency programs across the United States. From the remote wilderness of Denali National Park in Alaska to the stone-lined fields of Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, these programs provide artists with the opportunity to create work that responds to the unique environment of each site. [read more]


Location: Summer Lake, Oregon : United States
Snapshot: Located at the northeastern edge of the Great Basin in southeastern Oregon, PLAYA supports innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry. The residency program encourages dialogue between disciplines to bring positive change to the environment and the world. [read more]

The Rensing Center

Location: Pickens, South Carolina : United States
Snapshot: The Rensing Center aims to bring together creative, environmental, and economic ideas and disciplines. Located on 28 acres in the rolling rural hills of southern Appalachia, the center aims to model a sustainable and environmentally conscious way of living and creating. [read more]

Santa Fe Art Institute

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico : United States
Snapshot: The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) implements yearlong thematic residencies that address pertinent questions facing diverse local and global communities. Past thematic residencies have engaged a range of environmental issues including water scarcity and sustainable food systems. [read more]

Sitka Center for Art + Ecology

Location: Otis, Oregon: United States
Snapshot: Sitka's residency program is designed for visual artists, writers, musicians, as well as naturalists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. The program has provided more than 200 artists, writers, and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work collaboratively in a unique natural setting. [read more]

A Studio in the Woods

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana: United States
Snapshot: Located in a densely wooded setting within the city of New Orleans, A Studio in the Woods has a stong record of pairing land preservation with intimate artist residencies centered on environmental challenges and connecting artists to the local community. Thematic residencies have engaged a variety of environmental challenges affecting the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas. [read more]

Taleamor Park

Location: La Porte, Indiana: United States
Located on a 375-acre working farm with extensive parklands, Taleamor Park provides opportunities for site-specific installations, eco-artistic projects, parkland design and construction, meditative walking, and plein air painting. There is a provocative contrast between Taleamor's participatory organic and native plant gardens and the adjacent industrialized agriculture. Taleamor Park borders the mid-continental divide, from which waters flow either to the Gulf of Mexico or to Lake Michigan and the the Atlantic, highlighting issues of water quality and supply. Taleamor Park especially welcomes residents who can draw upon and respond to the unique ecologies, communities, and cultures of the farm and region. [read more]

Tortuga Escondida

Location: Akumal, Quintana Roo : Mexico
Snapshot: Tortuga Escondida Residency Center hosts the Akumal International Artists Residency (AIAR), welcoming emerging and established artists of all mediums to spend time creating, exchanging, enjoying the magic of beautiful Tulum. Visiting artists immerse in the Caribbean environment dedicating the time to their practice. The program is set up to engage with the community of Akumal through workshops, open studios, and other events. [read more]

Ucross Foundation

Location: Ucross, Wyoming : United States
Snapshot: At Ucross, stewardship of the land and support of creative work is combined into one vision. Set on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch on the High Plains of northeast Wyoming, Ucross provides residencies for writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers, scholars and scientists and engages in a range of land stewardship projects. [read more]

Willowtail Springs

Location: Mancos, Colorado: United States
Snapshot: Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center resides on 60 pristine acres in the high desert of southwestern Colorado. Willowtail offers one-week to two-week funded residencies for those in the arts, ecology and natural sciences, offering time and space to reflect, be inspired and create against the backdrop of a natural oasis. [read more]

Wormfarm Institute

Location: Reedsburg, Wisconsin : United States
Snapshot: Dedicated to integrating culture and agriculture, the Wormfarm Institute is an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology in Wisconsin farm country. The residency program welcomes artists and writers with an interest in sustainable systems and our place in the natural world. Wormfarm also commissions large-scale works for the annual Fermentaion Fest - a celebration of culture in all its many forms. [read more]

Top image: 2013 Farm/Art DTour artwork by Rita Grendze. Courtesy of Wormfarm Institute.