Interdisciplinary Residency Program

Emma Steinkruas, working on a painting in her studio

Emma Steinkruas, working on a painting in her studio

Performance by Alexis Elton, with staff and other residents in attendance

Performance by Alexis Elton, with staff and other residents in attendance

Artist talk by Kaitlin Bryson, with staff and other residents in attendance

Artist talk by Kaitlin Bryson, with staff and other residents in attendance

Image of the Biocultural Conservation Farm on-site

Image of the Biocultural Conservation Farm on-site

Interdisciplinary Residency Program

Upperville, VA, United States

The Interdisciplinary Residency program is our flagship residency program – started in 2021, we plan to award about 32 Interdisciplinary Residencies annually. Each Interdisciplinary Residency session is designed to support residents who might be: artists, conservation practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens and landscapes. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the time and space to pursue their own creative projects alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives. By working side by side in a supportive environment, we hope that our residents might experience cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary inspiration.

This program strikes a balance between providing residents the opportunity to socialize with other residents, as well as ample time to work independently. The only requirement of residents is that they attend and help clean-up approximately 3 provided meals per week. Beyond the weekly meals, we trust our residents to use their time as they see best fit, and there will generally be a few optional weekly activities for residents to participate in.

Residents are not required to make work that addresses our site specifically, although we often find that residents who use their time for research and inspiration, are most satisfied with this residency experience.


1776 Loughborough Ln.
Upperville, VA 20184
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in a science organization or center
Associated with a foundation
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 5 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Moving Image
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Art Conservation
Art History
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Research support
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Additional Eligibility Information

We recognize that individuals may be at different stages in their lives when they arrive at a point where a dedicated period of focused activity may be helpful for their work. There is no expectation that residents be at a particular point in their career to apply for this residency. We do, however, expect that residents be considerate, able to live with a housemate who might be in a different stage than themselves, and residents must be interested in interacting with the other members of their cohort, as well as other program participants who might be at OSGF.

We do not allow pets of overnight visitors during the residency. Residents must arrive on the first day of the program, and depart on the last day of the program.

Residents are carefully selected by a multi-round review process in which OSGF staff, residency alumni, and external jurors review and score applications. Residents are ultimately selected by panels of external reviewers, who are established and working in fields or practices relevant to the OSGF mission. The primary criteria for scoring applicants include: an applicant’s current work’s relationship to the OSGF mission; potential of applicant; and quality of work samples.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to provide individualized feedback to applicants who are not selected for a residency.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Individuals selected for a 5-week residency receive a $2,000 individual grant, and individuals selected for a 2-week residency receive a $800 individual grant.

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Additional Accessibility Information

Our site is not ADA accessible. Staff will work with individuals on a case-by-case bases to understand and assist with accessibility needs. 

Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Danielle Eady
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

Staff will work with individuals on a case-by-case bases to understand and assist with accessibility needs. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Our site is not ADA accessible. Staff will work with individuals on a case-by-case bases to understand and evaluate ways to determine accessibility.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

Our accommodations and communal dining space are 20th century buildings that have renovated within the past 10 years.  Each house includes stairs up to the entrance, stairs to the basement where the laundry and drying machine are located, and stairs upstairs to the second bedroom and bathroom. 

The accommodations are all located about 0.75 miles from the communal dining hall, and 0.75 miles from most studio spaces.  The communal dining hall has steps leading up to the front door, and steps leading down to the lower floor where the bathroom is located.  Residents are required to walk or bike to their studios, and to the communal dining space.

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Accessible Communal Spaces
Common/Communal Spaces Information

Residents will have a private bedroom and bathroom and share a kitchen and living space with 1 - 3 other residents.  Residents should be prepared to live with residents who might be of a different age and career stage than themselves.  We encourage residents who have interpersonal issues to speak with one another.  When an agreement is not possible, residents should reach out to OSGF staff for assistance mediating interpersonal issues.

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

Our studio spaces are refurbished farm or garage spaces.  The spaces feature white walls, over head lights and track lights, and cement floors.  Artists are provided a few tables and chairs, and can request additional furniture once they are on site. 

We recommend artists bring all supplies and/or materials they require or mail supplies before arriving.

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Studio Support/Tech
Heat and Cool control access