The Place-Based Residency is a unique opportunity for artists of all disciplines to fully immerse themselves in an exquisite retreat environment conducive to working with no distraction.  We invite applications from emerging and accomplished visual artists, performing artists, writers, teachers, researchers and thinkers who would benefit from a large amount of focused time to create new work, complete a project, conduct research, teach a workshop, write, or simply think amid the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.

The primary aim of the residency is to provide high quality time and space for professionals to pursue independent projects that push the boundaries of their field.  Residents have access to a variety of office and studio and outdoor spaces in a thoughtfully designed environment.  Successful project proposals reflect and explore the impact of place; such as the intimacy of Craigardan's multi-disciplinary community, the ecology of the Adirondacks, the resurgence of small sustainable farms in the Champlain Valley, or the making of rural vibrant communities, for example.  Residents are encouraged to exchange ideas and engage with the creative energy of the staff and fellow residents, explore the surrounding Adirondack region, and share their knowledge and work with the local community.

The (highly subsidized) residency fee is $250 per week or $1000 per month ($33/day) and includes:

The Space We Make, 2017 place-based residents

  • a private room in a shared house and living spaces

  • all utilities including internet

  • studio or office space specific to the residency

  • a weekly farm share and 1-2 prepared meals per week

  • gallery and/or lecture opportunities

  • the ability to participate in all programs and events at Craigardan

  • time for creative exploration that may include collaboration with other residents and local community members

  • ongoing organizational support whenever possible for research or community initiatives


  • Present a slide lecture or other presentation to program participants and the public as part of the community lecture series.

Group Residencies are also available for collaborators.  Please email us to learn more.  

    Teaching Fellowship

The Place-Based Teaching Fellowship is available to applicants who wish to teach while in residence.  Interested individuals may submit an application with a specific course or workshop proposal or be invited as a visiting instructor.  The accepted candidate will have a strong interest in teaching and community education and a desire to further collaboration with program participants.  

The residency fee will be waived in exchange for presenting classes or workshops.  The Fellowship also provides a budget for materials and an honorarium based on merit.  The Teaching Fellowship may not be available year-round.  Week-long workshops are only offered in May and October.

Fellowship requirements:

  • Open to any professional whose work is relevant to Craigardan’s mission and location

  • Lead a workshop or class on a topic relevant to the resident’s area of expertise. Fellow will work with staff to design and implement the appropriate course.

  • Present a slide lecture or other presentation to program participants and the public as part of the community lecture series.

PLEASE NOTE:  All residents are responsible for their own transportation and any personal materials or expenses.   Applicants are encouraged to schedule a visit to Craigardan prior to applying.


2017 Place-Based Residents:

Joshua Ramey

The Space We Make

Amy L. Seidl


Amanda Palmer

Jason Vivona

Jeff Mertz

Amy Lin

TaraMarie Perri