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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​. 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.


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.

Aeolian Acres off-site residency

aeolian acres is an extension of Elsewhere's usual programming and offers a more retreat-style residency. We are accepting artists of all different mediums and aeolian provides a shared 1000-sq ft studio space with really high ceilings and ample natural light from 8 north-facing windows. Residents also have access to the natural surroundings; aeolian sits on 22 acres of land with farmland, a rustic bar, a Tipi Haven, and an irrigation ditch that runs like a creek behind the house.

There are three bedrooms in the 3000-sq foot "plantation-style" house, shared with Karen and Tony Hinkel (owners of aeolian acres) that range from $650-$800 per month depending on space. Each bedroom shares the main downstairs kitchen and there is a kitchenette shared with the two upstairs bedrooms. Between the kitchen and art studio is another shared space for the artists referred to as the ‘breezeway’. Plenty of space to collaborate or find a niche for quiet solitude. There is a fold out sofa in the breezeway for overnight guests if needed. The breezeway is set up for reading, relaxing, socializing, eating, yoga and. It is made to be a multi-use hang-out room just for the creatives in residence.

Residency Application Deadlines:

Residencies beginning in the months of May to August, 2019
Deadline: January 17th, 2019
Notification: E-mailed the week of February 11th

Residencies beginning in the months of September to December, 2019
Deadline: March 7, 2019
Notification: E-mailed the week of May 1st

Residencies beginning in the months of January to April, 2020
Deadline: July 7, 2019
Notification: E-mailed the week of September 1st

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


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 creative 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.


  • 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: 130


  • 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, January 17, November 07
  • Additional deadline info:

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.
  • 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, Ethernet provided in common area
  • 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, Fiber arts, 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.

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

107 3rd St
P.O. Boc 926
Paonia, Colorado 81428
United States