Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Sat, 2014-02-15
Entry Fee: 
U.S. Dollar (USD)

Application Guidelines

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The next application deadline to apply is February 15, 2014 for a residency in 2015.

The slideroom link to applications will be available in September 2013.

The Djerassi Program is no longer accepting paper applications. Artists working in all genres should go to for specific instructions on completing an application for residency. You may also use the Apply link on the left

ELIGIBILITY AND RE-APPLICATIONS: National and International visual artists, composers, choreographers, media artists, and writers are eligible. Alumni must wait three seasons before reapplying for a return residency. Example: 2013 residents can reapply for the 2017 residency season. Artists who were placed on alternate status may reapply for the next season. Please note the application form, resume and all support materials must be in English. Students are not eligible for residencies.

ADMISSIONS PANELS: Invitations for residencies are extended based on evaluations made by panels consisting of artists and arts professionals in each discipline. The panels meet once a year to review applicants within those disciplines. Panelists are rotated each year. Approximately 85 artists are selected each year to work on independent or collaborative projects.

PROCESSING FEE: A nonrefundable processing fee of $45 is required with each application. Media uploads are inlcuded in this fee. The fee is to be paid by credit card at the end of the on-line application process in slideroom.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified in by September 1, 2014.

RESIDENCY SESSIONS: There are 7 residency sessions each 30 days long from mid-March through mid-November. No shorter or partial residencies are offered.

ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES: There are five categories.
Literature, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and librettos
Visual Art, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and installation art
Music Composition, instrumental forms (symphonic, chamber music, band), vocal forms (opera, choral, songs), electronic music, and music for film.
Choreography, artists working in choreography.
Media Art/New Genres, film, video, multi media, performance/experimental theater, sound and radio.

Applicants should apply in the category that best represents their work. Applicants may apply to only one admissions panel, and in one genre, at a time. Applicants with concerns about choice of panel should contact the Residency Coordinator before submitting an application.

COLLABORATIONS: Artists who plan to collaborate during the residency must submit individual applications. Work space needs should be clearly specified (i.e. whether or not separate studios are required). Also indicate if you are interested in attending as an individual artist.

COUPLES: Couples must apply separately with the understanding that each applicant will be reviewed separately by their discipline’s panel. If both artists are selected, we will make every effort to schedule you at the same time and arrange appropriate accommodations. Separate studios will be assigned unless otherwise requested. Please note on your applications if you would like to share the same living quarters.

CHOREOGRAPHY APPLICANTS: Choreographers may request to have one DANCER in residence or request the time alone. This should be noted in the extended work plan on the Panel Review Form.

GUESTS: Accommodations are limited to selected individual residents only. No accommodations for spouses, partners, or children are available. Friends or family who are in the area for brief visits cannot be accommodated overnight at the facility. They are welcome for day visits and dinner at the ranch. No personal pets are allowed.

GERALD OSHITA MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP FOR COMPOSERS: Contributed by an anonymous donor, the Fellowship is designated for a composer of Asian, African, Latino, or Native American ethnic background. The Oshita Fellow receives a one-month Djerassi Program residency, during which the recipient is free to compose, study, rehearse, and otherwise advance his or her own creative projects, plus cash stipend.

THE FORD FAMILY FOUNDATION FOR OREGON VISUAL ARTISTS: Must be a full-time resident of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline and remain a resident through the duration of the grant period, maintain Oregon as your primary residence, be 30 years of age or older at the time of application; seven (7) or more years of active professional practice and not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time at the time of application or during the residency. Oregon artists of all ages and genres are also eligible to apply for regular residencies.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in its admission policies.


Submit six jpeg images to best present your work.
Provide 6-6 items. Images (up to 5 MB each)

You may submit more than one type of media to best present your work.
Excerpts of video work and film segments are requested. The panel may only watch the first five minutes.
Provide 1-6 items.
Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Excerpts of work requested. The panel may only watch the first five minutes.
Accepted media files (mov, wmv, flv, mp4)
Provide 1-5 items. Video (up to 60 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo

You may include 2 separate musical scores (PDF). This is optional not required. For works created without a score, a brief statement describing the recorded music should be included. You can do this after you upload. All audio samples need to be uploaded as MP3.
Provide 1-5 items. Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from SoundCloud

Submit work (PDF) in only one genre per application.
A) Prose: fiction, creative non-fiction, translation
double-spaced typescript of no more than 30 pages
B) Drama: scripts, screenplays, librettos
double-spaced typescript of no more than 30 pages
C) Poetry: 10 short, one-page poems or appropriate excerpts of a longer poem. Please include all poems in one file. no more than 10 pages
Provide 1-5 items. PDFs (up to 10 MB each)

Published date: 
14 Jun 2013