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Lucas Artists Programs, Montalvo Arts Center

In October 2004, Montalvo opened the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs, replacing the original artists residency program created in 1939. The $10.5 million facilities, designed by six teams of artists and architects, is comprised of 10 discipline-specific live/work studios and one commons building. The Lucas Artists Programs offer facilities and staff supportive of the creative process and an environment conducive to both individual practice and the energetic exchange of ideas among international and culturally diverse fellows.


Saratoga, California: United States

Located in the Saratoga hills (an hour south of San Francisco) Montalvo occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres, which Senator James Duval Phelan left to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature, and architecture.


  • Residency Length: 2-6 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6-10


  • Artist Status: Established Artists
  • Application type: Application not available (residency by nomination or invitation only)
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Lucas Fellows are identified through an international nomination process.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    Through a unique culinary fellowship, residents enjoy dinners five nights a week prepared by the culinary fellow in residence. The Culinary Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging chef with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and cuisine. The program is designed to support the chef in gaining the experience of running their own kitchen and developing their repertoire.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Music studio (non-recording), Theater, Sculpture

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, California 95070
United States