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The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences

Hambidge is the oldest artists' residency program in the Southeast, and one of the oldest in the nation. Founded in 1934 by Mary Crovatt Hambidge, on 600 acres of pristine forest in the Northeast Georgia mountains, we provide artists and other creative thinkers with the setting, solitude and time necessary to create.

Location

Rabun Gap, Georgia: United States

Located in northeastern Georgia where the Blue Ridge and Nantahala Mountain ranges meet. Hambidge is 100 miles from Atlanta, and 80 miles from Asheville, North Carolina. It is made up of 600 pristine acres of forest land and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2-8 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 8
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 103
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 536

Eligibility

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

    Repeat residencies permitted, but limited, especially in summer months.

  • Application deadline: April 15, September 15, January 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Apply from December 1st through January 15th for the May through August residency period. ** Apply from March 1st through April 15th for the September through December residency period. ** Apply from August 1st through September 15th for the mid-February through April residency period.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Benny Andrews, Michael C. Blumenthal, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Tom Benjamin, Olive Ann Burns, Lucinda Bunnen, Rob Handel, Kate Kretz, Ruth Laxson, Edna Lewis, Gregory Maguire, Elaine Orr, Suzanne Stryk, Natasha Trethewey, Mark Weston, Fahamu Pecou, Bethany Collins, Andrew Simmonet
The freedom from distraction, the solitude within a community of hardworking artists, beautiful studio space, loveliness and history of the setting, the supportive, excellent staff - all these allow me to produce my best work.
— Eric Moe
Hambidge is one of the oldest artist residency communities in North America with an internationally-recognized reputation. Established in 1934 and spanning 600 lush acres in the Northeast Georgia mountains, we offer artists and creative thinkers from around the globe the setting, solitude, and time necessary to create. Fewer residents at a given time provides the possibility for larger fellowship and a more in-depth exchange of ideas as well as less distraction. There is an ancient energy in this land that fosters modern movement and creative expansion, it stimulates the residents outlook and understanding while centering one's thought.
— Judy Morris Lampert

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Housing: Individual dwelling/studio for each resident with bath and fully-equipped kitchen, 24-hour computer and telephone access for residents in common building; furnishings and linens provided.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Evening meals are provided Tuesday through Friday; all meals are vegetarian. Residents are responsible for breakfast, lunch and all weekend meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Due to the age and historic nature of our structures, accessibility is presently limited. Please contact for detailed information.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    Specific equipment includes: ceramics/pottery (large, electric kiln, raku, wood, cone ten reduction; soda kiln under construction; electric and kick wheels, slab roller and extruder); music studio with Steinway grand piano; spacious painting studios with wall space and great lighting; sculpture studio (no special equipment); and writing studios (spacious, scenic, and secluded with private screened-in porches). Artists in sculpture, blacksmithing, jewelry making, woodworking, and other disciplines must bring machinery and tools. Please call for further information.
  • Other facilities and services: Common room for residents’ use with fireplace, magazines, TV and CD-DVD-VHS; screened porch; laundry facilities on-site; computer with internet and printer and wifi in common area. Smoking is permitted outdoors only. An extensive network of hiking trails is available to residents and on a limited basis, to visitors. All visitors must register at the main office.

Residency Fees

Application Fee - $30; Residency Fee - $200/week.

Stipends / other support

Artists are eligible for: the NEA Fellowship, available to all and awarded to the top scoring applicants($700 stipend and residency fee abatement for 2 week residencies); the Nellie Mae Rowe Fellowship, for African-American artists; The Fulton County Arts Council Fellowship, available to artists who live in Fulton County, Georgia; and many Individual Benefactor's Fellowships for a variety of disciplines including piano, fiber arts, ceramics, environmental arts, culinary arts, etc.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists-in-residence are not required to participate in any public activities. Second Saturday artist talks is an optional opportunity for residents to share their work with the community and fellow artists.

Contact Information

105 Hambidge Court
Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568
United States
Tel: 706-746-5718