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The view into the orchards
A studio on the main floor, suitable for wet and mixed-media arts.
An upstairs studio, suitable for dry arts, writing, research, photo and video editing, architecture, etc.

North Mountain Residency

Emerging Program member

North Mountain is a residency program that supports creative practices by encouraging research, conversation, and risk-taking.

We are located in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, not far from Washington, DC. We provide comfortable studio and living space for variable residency durations. Residents have access to large outdoor wooded & open areas, research assistance, small group critiques & studio visits, and simple bread making skills. While on site, residents are encouraged to engage in the ecologies & cultures of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

We invite applications from individuals and small groups working in all types of creative practices.

North Mountain acknowledges the inequity that exists in art fields and creative professions. We feel we must take mindful and resolute steps to help undo structural inequities that come with the territories we've inherited. For these reasons we try our best to extend our resources to people from communities that have been oppressed or marginalized. Visit our website for more details.


Shanghai, West Virginia: United States

North Mountain residency is located on a slope of North Mountain which overlooks Back Creek Valley, in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Walking trails on the property lead to old orchards, a pond, and woodlands of oaks, maples, and sycamores. By car, we’re two hours from Washington DC and Baltimore; three hours from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Richmond; four hours from New York City. The I-81 freeway corridor is just over the mountain in Martinsburg, as are Amtrak and Greyhound connections. The closest large airports are Dulles (IAD; 1.5 hours), Reagan-National (DCA; 2 hours), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI; 2 hours).

Contact Information

PO Box 159
Gerrardstown, West Virginia 25420-0159
United States