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Front of Elsewhere Studios
Elsewhere Studios building and group community portrait.
Community built art wall next to Elsewhere Studios
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Community event at Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios

General Residency Program

Elsewhere Studios is an artist residency program in Paonia CO, hosting artists from around the world to have time and space to focus on their work in a unique and supportive environment.

We welcome visual artists, writers, composer/musicians, performance artists at any stage of their careers as well as scientists, activists, teachers, students, or any kind of creative thinker interested in exploring and expanding ​their work​. Elsewhere consists of artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces. Time spans are individually based - 1 to 6 months, accommodating 4 to 6 artists at a time.

Elsewhere Studios is a choose-your-own-adventure style residency. Situated in downtown Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the community, to create or participate in art exhibitions, and to teach classes or workshops.

Elsewhere offers four artistically crafted and unique residency spaces. Two are living and studio space combined, and two share studio space. There is an equipped woodshop, printer access, a ceramics studio as well as performance space upon request.

Mission:

Elsewhere Studios Residency Program is a bridge between local and global communities. We provide a unique and fertile landscape that nurtures artists and their artistic processes. We offer focused time and space for artists to transcend to new levels in their work, ideas, and lives.

Parent Residency Opportunities

Thanks to the generous support of Sustainable Arts Foundation, Elsewhere Studios is excited to be able to offer specific support to parent artists during the month of July 2019. Accepted artists have the choice to bring their spouse/ partner and children or come on their own, are provided with living and studio space, and are awarded a stipend of up to $1500. The artist has the freedom to use the stipend for childcare, bills, travel / material costs, or for summer camp fees for children (there are several in Paonia.) Residencies will be short-term between one to two weeks and Elsewhere staff can assist in connecting parent artists to childcare, summer camps, additional housing, etc. Families will be housed in either the Basement Apartment: an independent living / studio space with its own kitchen, bathroom and sauna in the lower level of the main house, or the Suite: the upstairs living / studio space with two bedrooms, its own bathroom and shared kitchen. If parents will be attending with older children, we are happy to have them pursue their own creative pursuits as part of the residency and will include them (if they desire) in critiques, open studios, and other Elsewhere events.

http://www.elsewherestudios.org/family-residencies/

Residency Application Deadlines:

*Special opportunity for Parent Artists*
Deadline: October 9th, 2018 for one to two week residencies in July 2019

*Aeolian Acres off-site Residency*
Deadline: September 30th for 1-6 months residencies beginning January 2019

Residencies beginning in the months of May to August, 2018
Deadline: November 7, 2017
Notification: E-mailed the week of January 2nd

Residencies beginning in the months of September to December, 2018
Deadline: March 7, 2018
Notification: E-mailed the week of May 1st

Residencies beginning in the months of January to April, 2019
Deadline: July 7, 2018
Notification: E-mailed the week of September 1st

Requested terms must begin within the months listed but can extend into the next session.

Location

Paonia, Colorado: United States

Elsewhere exists in the heart of the small town of Paonia, Colorado, located at the base of Lamborn Mountain on the western slope of the Rockies - west of Delta, and about 1.5 hours from Grand Junction. The town itself has a population of 1500, but the surrounding valley and mesas hold another 5000. It is a community of strong individuals, high interest in sustainability, and a growing art scene located in an inspiring landscape where the desert meets the mountains. The North Fork Valley has been nicknamed the ‘learning valley’, because of the numerous hands on learning opportunities within the area.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1 to 6 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 28
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 115

Eligibility

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

    We welcome visual artists, writers, composer/musicians, performance artists at any stage of their careers as well as scientists, activists, teachers, students, or any kind of creative thinker interested in exploring and expanding their work in a unique and supportive environment.

  • Application deadline: March 07, July 07, October 09, November 07, September 30
  • Additional deadline info:
    http://www.elsewherestudios.org/the-residency-how-to-apply/

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Trent Davis Bailey, Elyse Mische, Lorena Williams, Stefania Urist, Amber Imrie-Situnayake, Adrianna Villigran, Carolina Porras, Alicia Toldi, Nick Collier, Hannah Davis, Liz Cantrelle, RY King, Elizabeth Artz, Toby Leibowitz, Laurie Longtin, Sarah Freeman, Amy Jorgenson, Caitlyn Tella, Angela Dieffenbaach, Arendse Lund, Rose Anderson, Kristine Potter, Christine Lee Smith, Ky Burt, Tara Gilchrist, Katherine Saviskas, Nazich, Chunara, Alonzo Davis, Kay Lindsey, Jim Vecchi, Mick Lorusso, Sal Strom, Cathe Jenke, Karlanna Lewis, Lori Setton, Shay Lopez, Jimmy Fike, Amy Moosman, Melissa Shaw, Kim Lyle, Alexis Fedorjaczenko, Sarah Burwash, Lahevet Pollack, Rachael Gorchov, Maya Jensen, Matt Ahern, Hilary Emerson Lay, Emma Senft
~ Elsewhere has been a place of support to live and work alongside an international group of artists, writers, poets, and performers. What I have found particularly unique about Elsewhere is its imaginative disposition and ad-hoc spirit. For one, there is the pistachio-green house adorned with Gaudí-esque window frames and hodge-podge woodwork throughout the interior. And then there is the Gingerbread House, a backyard sauna-turned-artist studio with a curved roof and slanted windows, which is where I stayed for the second half of my residency. I view Elsewhere as the result of Paonian artists combining their creative visions to create a place that bolsters the imagination. It has been a pleasure for me to live amid and be inspired by the world they’ve created. "Elsewhere Studios is not only an incubator for creativity and unhindered expression but also the perfect place to unearth buried talents and unleash success. The combination of high quality people, invigorating energy, and breathtaking mountain views creates an elixir that can surely launch any artist into a brighter future" - Resident Alumni, Elyse Mische
— Trent Davis Bailey, resident June-November 2015
~ Elsewhere is a staple of arts communities locally, nationally and internationally. The landmark talent that comes through Elsewhere's doors is as unprecedented and inspiring as the studio itself.
— Karen Good

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Please see website for detailed descriptions of available rooms. http://www.elsewherestudios.org/the-studios/
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Fully equipped main kitchen is shared by our Suite, Loft and Gingerbread house residents. The Basement Apartment has its own kitchen. Residents are responsible for purchase and preparation of meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Children allowed for full stay
    Spouses/partners allowed for visits. Inquire about family stays - may be possible in upstairs Suite or Basement Apartment. The Suite can be for individual artists, artist teams (of two) or artist couples (of two, both artists and applicants) and has its own studio space. The Basement Apartment can be requesting by artist couples (of two, both artists and applicants).
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    We will contract the use of a house (upon request) in Paonia a half block from the main facility that is fully ADA compliant (11 3rd St) for living and studio space that is wheelchair accessible. The main Elsewhere site is accessible for all communal activities with other artist residents, including dining, and for Elsewhere events open to the public. The distance between the two sites is easily traversed by wheelchair. Accommodations will be made on request for artists with visual or hearing impairments or any other special needs.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Photography (digital), Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The main studio is approx 360sq ft with high ceilings and is shared by our Loft & Gingerbread House residents; it has a sink, track lighting, skylights, north, west and south windows, wireless internet access, land-line telephone and a loft with library. The Suite can be for individual artists, artist teams (of two) or artist couples (of two, both artists and applicants) and has its own studio space. The Basement Apartment is a walkout with doors & windows facing south and west; it has bedroom, kitchen, dining, bath & shower (with sauna) as well as studio space. See website for photos. A woodworking shop is available with table saw, chop saw and variety of power and hand tools. There is an off site Ceramic Studio available to our artists (24/7) for an additional fee. Also possibility of collaboration with local performing arts spaces for theater and dance.
  • Other facilities and services: Bicycles available for local transportation. Rides to and from airport/train/bus in Grand Junction or train/bus from Glenwood Springs can be arranged for fee. Smoking permitted outside only.

Residency Fees

Residency fees are $600 to $850/month. The monthly residency fee includes living and studio space, utilities and WiFi. Please see website for current fees and details about spaces. We are currently offering sponsored residencies for Parent Artists with up to a $1500 stipend for one to two week residencies beginning in July 2019.

Stipends / other support

Elsewhere Studios is a not-for-profit organization and we aspire to keeping this experience accessible to all artists. Therefore, we have set the residency fees on a sliding scale starting at between $600 and $850 per month (depending on space).

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artist residents are expected to participate in 2 monthly community events held at Elsewhere: A "Meet & Greet" informational session when the artists first arrive and an end-of-the-month "Open Studio". Elsewhere can help facilitate networking opportunities to teach workshops upon request.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 926
Paonia, Colorado 81428
United States