Osage Arts Community

Osage Arts Community is a place that provides temporary time, space, and support for the creation of new work in a retreat format. These creative residencies are generally anywhere from one week to one year but average around six months. OAC serves creative people of all kinds – visual artists, composers, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers.

OAC is located on a 152-acre farm in an isolated rural mountainside setting in Central Missouri bordered by ¾ of a mile of the Gasconade River. We provide a solitary retreat to those working alone, as well as welcoming collaborative teams, offering a living space and a country environment in addition to workspace to emerging and mid-career artists.

We are committed to a unified belief in the creative process, and we support this by offering dedicated time and space for the creation of new work.

Applicants for the Osage Arts Community Visiting Artist Program must submit a written application and support materials. Residents are chosen by a selection committee of professionals in the arts. The major criteria for acceptance are the quality of work samples and an indication of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor.

Because space allows for only a limited number of artists, all applications and support materials should be postmarked as soon as possible. We have no application deadlines, and applications are always considered on a space available basis.

Residency Statistics
Application Deadline: None
Resident Season: Year-round
Average length of residencies: 2 months
Number of artists since 2004: 24
Average number of artists present at one time: 1

Artist is responsible for non-refundable application fee of $25, travel and materials. Artists must provide their own professional supplies. Artists are also responsible for participation in work exchange program, personal living expenses, health insurance, materials and supplies, telephone charges, and any other expenses relating to the cost of producing work artist-in-residence may incur while in the program. Travel and shipping expenses to and from OAC are also the responsibility of the artist.

OAC provides housing, studio, limited Internet access, facilities, program administration, and transportation from and to local airport or local town.

No stipends or fellowships/awards are available.

Please submit the following with the application:
Two copies of the completed Residency Application form.
Two copies of the completed Residency Contract form.
Two copies of your professional resume/curriculum vitae.
Two professional and one personal written recommendations.
Description of work or project you wish to undertake while at OAC.
One set or copy of slides, CD, manuscript, or tapes if applicable.
Detailed requirements for working space, special needs, or materials.
Work samples.

Send application package to:
Osage Arts Community
89 Eagle Lane
Belle, MO 65013

U.S. Dollar (USD)