“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.  The residency is designed to allow artists to take risks and pursue new projects and ideas. Resident artists will be provided housing, studio space and meals.  Residencies are offered in ceramics, new media, photography, furniture design, woodworking, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. All residents pay a fee of $1,500 for the 10 weeks at the Ranch.

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 10th – December 20th (ten weeks)
Spring Term: February 6th – 17th April (ten weeks)

View the Artist-in-Residence Overview

View the Artists-in-Residence Handbook

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

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
April: Notification to applicants/recipients
Term I – Fall: October – December (10 weeks)
Term II – Spring: February – April (10 weeks)


Visiting Critics at Anderson Ranch

As part of our Artists-in-Residence Program, we invite internationally recognized artists and critics to give critical studio feedback to our program participants allowing residents a chance to receive constructive input on the direction of their work. There are two visiting critics during the term of each residency program. During their time at the Ranch, visiting critics typically give a public lecture and spend one to three days critiquing resident or student work.

Anderson Ranch invites leading artists, critics and curators to the Ranch to share ideas and practices in a supportive interdisciplinary environment. It is designed to foster the creation of artwork and/or to enhance the experience of program participants in other Ranch programs.

Past Visiting Critics


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
• Baird Family Endowed Fund

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.

Current Artists-in-Residence

Past Artists-in-Residence


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