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Centrum Artists in Residence Program

Centrum's Artist Residency Program was established in 1980 as a resource for artists and creative thinkers of all genres. Residency projects can be focused on a single genre or be a multidisciplinary undertaking, and might be the creative work of an individual or encompass the collaborative work of a group. In partnership with the Fort Worden PDA, Centrum is able to offer an opportunity to selected artists to live and work in this magnificent setting at a significantly reduced cost. Residents also have the opportunity to work with our campus partners Corvidae Press (a printmaking studio), Madrona MindBody Institute, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and Rainshadow Recording Studio (by prior arrangement). Copper Canyon Poetry press (a nationally acclaimed publisher of poetry, with an impressive list of award winning titles and authors) is also a resident on campus.


Port Townsend, Washington: United States

Centrum is located within Fort Worden State Park in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Noted for its strong support of arts and culture, Port Townsend is an ideal place for the kind of self directed retreats enjoyed by successful residency applicants.


  • Residency Length: minimum one week, no maximum
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 157


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Applications are accepted year around, and are scheduled on a space available basis. Applications must include:

    Residency project proposal
    Current biography
    Artist statement
    Work sample(s), preferably via email or internet link
    Website or other internet links (if available)
    A high definition photo of the artist (if available)

  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Due to Centrum workshop and programming needs there are some blackout dates each year.

Past Residents & Quotes

“Centrum offers artists an extremely positive working environment where intense, concentrated work can be achieved... The site is one of immense beauty and openness,  and I relished that peacefulness.”
— Susie Lee, Artist

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    The modest, comfortable cabins and apartments are supplied with linens. Kitchens are equipped with stove, refrigerator, microwave, eating and cooking utensils, dishes, pots, and pans. There is a coin operated laundromat available in the afternoons. The on site Cafe and a Pub are open year-round.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Meals and groceries are the responsibility of the artists. We have excellent grocery stores and a natural food co-op very nearby. The public transportation system comes through the park, and will take residents to stores and the downtown waterfront area where many fine restaurants are located.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Fort Worden State Park is a historic military facility that is being re-fitted for accessibility needs as funding allows. At this time some areas are Accessible. Please inquire for specifics.
  • Studios/special equipment: Music recording studio, Painting, Printmaking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Fort Worden State Park has many facilities available to Centrum residents. Some require a fee while others are free as space permits.

Residency Fees

2017 Fees $450 per week; $50-$75 additional fee for studio space

Stipends / other support

Washington State artists applying for a GAP grant may be awarded a residency at Centrum.

Additional expectations / opportunities

In addition to our two or three bedroom cabins and apartments, Centrum has three studio spaces available to residents. Centrum residents also have the opportunity to work with Corvidae Press (a fully equipped non toxic printmaking studio), and Rainshadow Recording Studio (records music, poetry, and interviews). Other campus partners include Copper Canyon Press, Madrona MindBody Institute, Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Port Townsend Marine Science Center all located here at Fort Worden State Park. Residents wishing to work with these Centrum partners need to make arrangements directly with them. Please indicate your interest in your application materials so we may provide you with current information.

Contact Information

PO Box 1158
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
United States
Tel: 360 385-3102