“I have nothing but praise for the Anderson Ranch Artists-in-Residence program. The supportive, open and encouraging environment provided by Anderson Ranch was pivotal to stretching my practice to explore new ideas. The encouragement to work across different studio disciplines with immense support given by staff and facilities as well as the length of 10 weeks living onsite allowed for a substantial shift in my practice and to produce significant new work.”
— 2016 Artist-in-Residence

The Program

Anderson Ranch’s Artists-in-Residence Program fosters creative, intellectual and professional growth for emerging and established visual artists. Residents have access to world-class facilities and 10 weeks of studio time, free from everyday pressures. Residents can pursue interdisciplinary projects among a community of working artists, and gain feedback from prominent Visiting Artists and Critics. The Ranch setting is specifically crafted to aid artists in the production of their work. Residencies are offered in ceramics, new media, photography, furniture design, woodworking, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

The residency is designed to allow artists to take risks and pursue new projects and ideas. Resident artists will be provided housing, studio space, meals and certain other benefits and will be required to submit a residency fee of $1,500.

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 (ten weeks)
Spring Term: February – April (ten weeks)

view the Artists-in-Residence Handbook

Current Artists-in-Residence
Past Artists-in-Residence


The Studios

Artists-in-Residence have 24/7 access to Anderson Ranch’s artistic studios and state-of-the-art equipment during their residency—55,000 square feet of space in which to focus on their art and explore new ideas.

Tour the Studios


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Fall/Spring Artists-in-Residence Program deadline is FEBRUARY 15, and must be submitted via our online application form.

Notifications to applicants/recipients will be made by early April.

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:

Ceramics: 4
Photography & New Media: 2
Furniture Design & Woodworking: 2
Painting & Drawing: 2
Printmaking: 2
Sculpture: 2

Residents must declare themselves as either emerging or established artists.

Emerging Artist

Open to any age over 18. 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 B.F.A. or M.F.A. 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 18. 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/Spring Artists-in-Residence Program

(The Residency is offered in two terms during the year.)
February 15: Online application submittal deadline
Early April: Notification to applicants/recipients
Term I – Fall: October – December (10 weeks)
Term II – Spring: February – April (10 weeks)

Artists-in-Residence Program Support

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
The John M. Hartigan Endowed Fund
The Joanne and Lee Lyon Endowed Fund
The National Endowment for the Arts
The PAJWELL Foundation
Sara Ransford
Mary and Patrick Scanlan
The Windgate Charitable Foundation

Additional support is provided by the Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists and other individuals.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, the national organization of artists’ residency programs, and Res Artis, the worldwide network of artist residencies.

Alliance of Artists Communities                 res_artis_member_logo