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 on 78 pristine mountain and farm acres.  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 up to 3 prepared meals per week (spring through fall)
  • 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 community as part of the Applebarn 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
  • Present a slide lecture or other presentation to program participants and the community as part of the Applebarn 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


Residency length:  2 weeks to 9 months, year-round

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for the following season.  Applicants may indicate a preference for specific dates and request their length of visit.         *We are currently accepting applications for residencies starting in April 2018.

Summer Teaching Fellowship deadline:  April 1st

Winter Teaching Fellowship deadline:  September 1st

Application must include:

  • Completed Application form
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Intent - describe the independent work you would like to pursue while in residence.
  • Include details on space and materials requirements.
  • 2 references
  • 5-10 images of recent work (if relevant) or other written examples of work
  • An image script, which includes the title, medium, size, and date of each image (if relevant)

There is no application fee at this time.  Complete applications should be emailed to  Images should be shared via Dropbox to  Notification will be made via email.