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Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups from all over the world are welcomed to Caldera Arts Center in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range. Because we believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to national and international artists of any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in engineering, design and the sciences who have emerged and established themselves beyond university training. Caldera's Artist in Residence (AiR) Program began in 2001 and since has offered the gift of space and time to over 300 creative people. Today, Caldera is open to applications from parent artists.

The geographic and disciplinary diversity of applications reflects Caldera’s belief that creativity is an innate quality of all individuals. It also confirms Caldera’s perspective that diversity enhances the experience of all residents at Caldera, creating a broader arena of ideas in which participants can share their work. Caldera's AiR program happens alongside its successful Youth program.

Caldera’s youth program provides underserved Oregon children with year-round, long-term mentoring through arts and nature projects, beginning at age 11 and continuing through young adulthood. Linking Caldera’s youth and adult programs is a passionate belief in the power of creativity. Residents are encouraged to contribute to our Youth program.

Apply for Caldera's ARTIST IN RESIDENCE program and spend one-month in private accommodations and private studio or semi-private studio. With this program, you are encouraged to do a workshop or presentation to our youth and to contribute to Open Studios on the last Saturday of the month.
Deadline: June 17th, 2016.

See website for more details.


Sisters, Oregon: United States

The Caldera Arts Center is nestled on 120 acres in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains 16 miles west of Sisters, Oregon. It sits near the shores of Blue Lake, aptly named for its intense cerulean color. At a depth of 350-feet, Blue Lake is Oregon's third deepest lake. Surrounding Caldera are miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails into National Forest.


  • Residency Length: 3.5 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6 - 10
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 28
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 150


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

    Caldera supports artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students.

    Candidates' applications are judged by a panel of peers and arts professionals. The panels change each year.

  • Application deadline: June 16
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

As artists we felt enormously encouraged and supported – without the incredible community of staff and fellow residents we wouldn’t have been able to make such ambitious work in such a condensed period of time. One of the things we are most grateful for is that we feel we have gained a life-long connection to the people, the program, and the generous spirit of Caldera.
— Crystal Schenk

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Virtual tours of Caldera's facilities can be found at:
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Artists are provided with a welcome reception and with one family-style dinner each week during their stay.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Children allowed for full stay
    Parent artists are welcome to attend with their children and another caretaker. Children and caretaker can come and go as needed. Artists in residence should plan to stay at Caldera for the entire duration of the residency (3.5 weeks).
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    We have plans to upgrade one of our A-frames so that it is fully accessible; however currently the bathroom is not wheelchair-friendly.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    *The Campbell Studio (Studio A) (42'x27' with shelving & kiln) *Studio B (48'x26') *Studio Loft (18'x16') *Darkroom (supplies not included) *Rehearsal studio (94'x45' with sprung floor and piano)

Residency Fees

There is a $35 application fee for individuals and $75 application fee for collaborations, but no other residency fees.

Stipends / other support

Stipends are occasionally available.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Monthly Open Studios participation is required of all residents. Other community outreach with Caldera youth and to the local area community are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information

31500 Blue Lake Drive
Sisters, Oregon 97759
United States
Tel: 541.595.0956