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The view from campus.
The Centrum, our main campus building.
The Fiber Arts studio.
The Glass studio
Dorm-style housing in a converted schoolhouse.

Grünewald Guild

The Guild was founded as a place where creative people could express their journeys of faith through artistic media. We have numerous art studios that allow people the time and space to do this, whether it be through classes and programs offered by the Guild or a personal study or artist-in-residence opportunity. Although the Guild was inspired by and operated from the Christian faith, you do not need to affiliate yourself with that faith to participate or feel at home here.

Artists-in-residence gain retreat and studio time in exchange for teaching or helping us with operations. People who want to come and work and be a part of our community can contribute in many creative ways, such as gardening, housekeeping or maintenance.


Leavenworth, Washington: United States

The Grunewald Guild is nestled on 14 acres of Cascadian woodland, bordered by the Wenatchee River in the Plain Valley of Washington. Snowcapped peaks, rushing waters and sweet smelling ponderosa pine welcome, inspire, and create an environment in which people come to learn, to grow, and to explore the relationships between art, faith and community.


  • Residency Length: Variable
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 9
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 21


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance will be given 30 days before the start of each session.

  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Winter Session: January 3 – February 5 (Application Review: By November 19 Interview: Between November 19 – November 26 Notification: December 3) Spring Session I: February 7 – April 9 (Application Review: By December 24 Interview: Between December 26 – January 2 Notification: January 7) Spring Session II: April 11 – June 2 (Application Review: By February 25 Interview: Between February 25 – March 4 Notification: March 11)

Past Residents & Quotes

"I made 15 paintings during my residency at Grunewald. I’m not sure how to describe that sort of productivity other than to say that the Guild is magical. Creativity is everywhere with artwork… from thirty years of people working here. I was welcomed to the program with open arms… I’ve been looking at other residency opportunities for the coming year and compared to the Guild, most others seem kind of dull!"
— Niki Sherey

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Shared bedroom
    Most artists in residence are housed in the library dorm, but housing availability varies based on the ever-changing community of the Guild. Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing for residents’ partners, dependent children, or pets.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Meal service is offered when we have retreat groups on campus, otherwise staple foods are provided for individuals to make their own meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Limited ADA approved accessibility.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Fiber arts, Glass casting, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support


Additional expectations / opportunities

Our residency program is volunteer-based, and we provide artists with lodging, meals, & studio space at no cost in exchange for part-time volunteer service to the Guild. Artists in residence commit to spending a minimum of 20 hours/week in the studio working on their own projects, as well as 15-20 hours/week in volunteer service to the Guild community. Resident artists are invited to participate in the Guild’s regular community art group as well as any Guild programming taking place during the residency period.

Contact Information

19003 River Road
Leavenworth, Washington 98826
United States