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Our Lodge offers gracious spaces for relaxing and communing
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Studios for the visual arts
Residents are housed in individual cottages.
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Willapa Bay AiR

Willapa Bay AiR offers month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, musical composers and songwriters. Situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington State, the Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month, from March 1 through September 30 of the year. 


Oysterville, Washington: United States

Willapa Bay AiR is situated approximately 30 miles north of the mouth of the Columbia River, the border between Oregon and Washington, in the National Historic Register village of Oysterville, Washington. Oysterville is the most northern settlement on the Long Beach Peninsula, a finger of land that is twenty miles long and two miles wide. The Peninsula is embraced by three mighty bodies of water: to the west, the Pacific Ocean; to the south, the great Columbia River; and to the east Willapa Bay, considered one of the most pristine estuaries in North America.


  • Residency Length: One month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 42
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 410


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

    Applicants must be over the age of 21 and not currently enrolled as a student in an academic program.

    The application period for a 2020 residency opens on May 15, 2019 and closes on July 31, 2019.

  • Application deadline: July 31
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

I’m so amazed by the detail of thought that went into every single aspect of planning the residency program—from cottages designed for comfort and productivity (and nature!) to the community spirit that permeates everything; from generous and well-crafted food to the nurture of the artist within and without. I came with projects in mind, and I was able to do most of what I hoped to do. But beyond the work itself and beyond the experiences of exploration and community, I became a better, more dedicated, more committed artist at Willapa Bay.
— Barbara Presnell, Writer

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Each resident is housed in a newly-constructed private cottage with work and living space, toilet and shower, twin bed, bedding and towels. Each unit has Wi-Fi internet, and a small refrigerator, electric kettle, coffee carafe, mugs, glasses, utensils.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Willapa Bay AiR provides three meals daily. Meals are prepared in our kitchen by our private chef and feature fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and herbs, locally grown and in season. Breakfast is buffet-style. Lunch is delivered to residents’ cottages or studios. Dinner is served family style with fellow residents at the Lodge.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    There are steep steps and a wooden bridge between the cottages and the Lodge and studios. Persons with physical limitations and or those who require handicapped accessibility should discuss requirements with our staff prior to application.
  • Additional studio information: 
    Residents must bring specific equipment and supplies necessary to do their work. Cottages are equipped with work tables, chairs, and lighting to support the work of writers, and musicians. Two separate studios for visual arts have work tables, chairs and basic tool kits. Musical composers are provided a digital piano.
  • Other facilities and services: The Lodge is a communal space for reading, conversation, and sharing. The Lodge has a living room with TV and Wi-Fi, a kitchen, dining room, and laundry facilities. Willapa Bay AiR grounds include wooded paths, park-like meadows, and an outdoor fire pit.

Residency Fees

There are no fees. Willapa Bay AiR provides lodging, work space, and meals without charge. Residents are responsible for their transportation costs to and from the residency. Accepted applicants pay a $100 deposit when they confirm their residency. This deposit will be refunded upon arrival.

Stipends / other support

None at this time. Residents are encouraged to apply for funding support from state and community arts and culture agencies.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

PO Box 209
32101 Douglas Drive
Oysterville, Washington 98641
United States
Tel: 1 (360) 665-6782