From October through April, the Guild invites developing artists for cohort-based residency sessions. The Grünewald Guild’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program is available to individuals:
- at all levels of artistic development
- who are prepared to work independently
- whose artistic processes can be successfully supported by the Guild’s studio facilities
Artists are invited to apply to any number of the cohort sessions. In order to build a strong sense of community among resident cohorts, we ask that all residents plan to arrive and depart on the dates indicated. See below for our upcoming session calendar.
“I cannot recommend the Grünewald Guild to an individual pursuing the arts — young and old alike — enough. From the moment you step foot at the Guild, you are welcomed with encouraging community and the serenity of the Washington Cascades. In the beginning stages of my aspiring career as an artist, the Guild was the perfect oasis away to focus and dedicate time to honing my skills while also exploring new avenues of creativity. The Guild seems to draw wanderers in; giving them a safe space to explore the beauty of art an their own becoming.”Julie Hunkler, 2021 AiR
“I made 15 paintings during my residency at Grünewald. I’m not sure how to describe that sort of productivity other than to say that the Guild is magical. Creativity is everywhere with artwork… from thirty years of people working here. I was welcomed to the program with open arms… I’ve been looking at other residency opportunities for the coming year and compared to the Guild, most others seem kind of dull!”Niki Sherey, 2013 AiR
“The Guild was the perfect place to fulfill a life long dream: the production of a musical album. The authenticity of the community, combined with the dreamy ambiance of the Plain Valley, allow for a rich experience in creation… and self reflection.”Tristan Bach, 2012 AiR
What Do Guild Residencies Offer?
Focused Creative Time
This time is yours to invest in your work. Leave distractions behind, and focus on exploring a fresh set of ideas in your sketchbook, discovering an unfamiliar material or technique, or putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited project.
Dedicated Work Space
Eight dedicated studios and work spaces offer you the tools and equipment to support an impressive range of media and processes. All studios are open 24 hours a day. Artists will be assigned studio space according to their needs and the Guild’s programmatic schedule.
The supportive, diverse, and ever-changing community of the Guild offers a supportive and encouraging environment for creative exploration.
Inspiring Natural World
From a meandering walk through the Guild garden to a rugged hike in the mountains, you will discover ample ways to engage with the stunning natural environment of the North Central Cascades. Hiking, rafting, skiing, fishing, and biking are just a few of the outdoor activities readily accessible to the Guild campus.
About the AiR Program
Who Can Be A Resident Artist?
Residencies are available to individuals at all levels of artistic development who are prepared to work independently and whose artistic processes can be successfully supported by the Guild’s studio facilities. Although our spaces are primarily designed for visual artists, we welcome residents working in all creative disciplines, including writers, musicians, and performers.
Residents must be 18 or older at the start of the residency.
How Are Residencies Structured?
Our residency program is volunteer-based, and we provide artists with lodging, meals (with our programming), staple foods (non-program times), & studio space at no cost in exchange for part-time volunteer service to the Guild. Artists in residence commit to spending a minimum of 20 hours/week in the studio working on their own projects, as well as 15-20 hours/week in volunteer service to the Guild community. Resident artists are stewards of the Guild, and are expected to uphold the Community Covenant. All people in community are invited to participate in the Guild’s regular community Art Club as well as any Guild programming taking place during the residency period.
How Long Can A Residency Last?
The residencies are usually 3-6 weeks.
What Type Of Volunteer Work Is Expected?
Artists in residence are assigned weekly tasks to upkeep the campus, such as vacuuming entryways and cleaning bathrooms. When we are providing meal service, everyone in the Guild community is expected to do dishes. When we are not hosting guests, it is common to work on projects such as painting studio walls, steam cleaning carpets in guest rooms, etc. Work is shared by the entire Guild community: directors, staff members, artists in residence and volunteers.
Where Do Resident Artists Live?
Artists in residence are housed in the library dorm, an all-gender living space. Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing for residents’ partners, dependent children, or pets.
How Do I Apply?
All applicants must complete an online application form. This application will also request contact information for two references. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
What Happens After I Apply?
After a period of initial review, applicants will be contacted for an interview, typically 30 – 45 minutes in length, conducted via Zoom.
All applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance at least 30 days before the start of the residency session.