The Djerassi Resident Artists Program supports and enhances the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and preserves the land on which the Program is situated. Djerassi annually serves 65 to 70 artists, representing a broad range of disciplines and also offers collaborative programming. We provide all meals and accommodation during the month-long residencies.
Djerassi is the largest artist residency program in the western United States, regularly awarding month-long, fee-free residencies to approximately 60 artists per year, as well as other residencies. The 583-acre ranch in Northern California rises to the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains with views west over the Pacific Ocean. Artists of all disciplines, from all over the world, and at different stages of their careers apply and are selected through a highly competitive jury process. Djerassi alumni now number more than 2,500. Founded in 1979 in memory of artist Pamela Djerassi, the Program has been an independent non-profit since 1994 and operates with an annual budget of approximately $1M.
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The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is hiring its next director to lead a small but dedicated staff; assume overall responsibility for executing the organization’s dual mission of enhancing the creativity of artists and preserving the Program’s land; oversee its operations and 583-acre physical plant, as well as the artist, staff, and guest experience; advance Djerassi’s commitment to being an anti-oppression organization embodying values of diversity, equity, and inclusion; hone, grow, and achieve Djerassi’s vision for the future, including fundraising and community engagement. The director lives on-site in the Director’s House, a two-bedroom 2-and-a-half bath ranch house with decks facing the Pacific Ocean.