This is your time— make something of it.
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 Artist in Residence
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 Artist in Residence
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. Learn more about our studios.
Private studio space is available on a limited basis.
The supportive, diverse, and ever-changing community of the Guild offers a highly supportive and encouraging environment for creative exploration. Many resident artists choose to participate in the community by teaching classes or workshops during their time in residence; however, this is not required.
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. Rafting, skiing, fishing, and biking are just a few of the outdoor activities readily accessible to the Guild campus.
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.
When are residencies offered?
Our next session will extend from September 4 – October 6.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance will be given 30 days before the start of each session.
Due to the Guild’s extensive summer program, we are unable offer residencies during the summer months.
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.
What type of volunteer work to resident artists do?
Artists in residence are assigned weekly tasks to upkeep the campus, such as vacuuming entryways and tidying-up bathrooms. When we are providing meal service, everyone in the Guild community is expected to do dishes, as assigned by the Guest Care Coordinator. 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. Chores are 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.
What is the application/selection process like?
All applicants must complete an online application form. This application will also
request contact information for two references. 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.
Questions? Please contact the Studio Manager, Gray Lyons.