PLAYA Residency


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Applications for residencies between July to December 2019 will open January 1st, 2019. Deadline for this application will be February 15, 2019.
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Please read this page including “What to Expect” below before you follow the link to submit your application. 

All residency sessions begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose a two-week, three-week, or four-week session. 

PLAYA recognizes that each person is an individual and that each individual benefits from accommodations uniquely suited to their abilities. We welcome you to contact us with phone calls and emails that allow us to provide the best access possible to our events and programs. Please describe any accommodation that helps your participation. If you have any questions about the accommodations, residencies or the application process listed below, please reach out to Chelsea at 541.943.3983 or

Application Link & Deadline

PLAYA does not accept Residency Applications by email, regular mail, or fax. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. Please apply by following the link below. Complete applications and supporting materials must be submitted online at

Deadline Reminder

  • February 15 – for residencies occurring in July – December of that year
  • August 15 – for residencies occurring in January – June of the following year


PLAYA’s residencies are open to scientists, naturalists, biologists, designers, sustainability leaders, social practice artists, musicians, visual artists, writers, performing artists, and collaborations and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative work. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants – from emerging scientists and artists to those with an established history of accomplishment. However, applicants must exhibit a recent history of focused work within the discipline for which they are applying. In addition, they must address, in the application, their ability to thrive in a remote, isolated community and be self-directed in their work. All residents’ work must be compatible with PLAYA’s available studio spaces, facilities, and resources, and with PLAYA’s rural setting and community (see below). REAPPLICATION: Past residents must submit new and complete applications. Past residents must wait two years from their last application to re-apply to PLAYA.


A rotating panel of artists, writers, scientists, and other professionals review proposals and recommend applicants for residencies. Applicants are assessed and admitted based on their demonstrated commitment to their work, and to what degree their creative process and work will benefit from the uninterrupted time and independent living environment that a residency at PLAYA provides. Special consideration will be given to artists who apply with a scientist, and scientists who apply with an artist. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of PLAYA.


There are no fees charged for a PLAYA Residency. However, your application must be accompanied by a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee ($100.00 if applying as a collaborative team of two to six/ $300.00 for teams with 6+ members). If accepted, each resident (including each member of a collaborative team) is asked to submit a $150.00 deposit, which is refunded following the completion of a residency and is not refundable if a residency is canceled.

As a nonprofit organization, PLAYA relies on donations and encourages those who have the ability to contribute to do so. You may donate online through the website, mail a donation, or choose to donate your $150.00 deposit.

Session Schedule

While every effort is made to accommodate applicants’ schedule requests, we are not always able to grant your choices. Please indicate flexibility and restrictions on your application.


If applying as a collaborative team, please have one person listed as the main applicant. As a collaborative team, you MUST include the following in your statement of the project: group name (if applicable), a list of all participating members, and your specific needs for lodging and workspace. In addition, each member must supply an individual resume as part of the group application.


Couples may apply individually for concurrent residencies, with the understanding that one applicant might be accepted and the other not. If requesting accommodations as a couple, each applicant must state this explicitly on their application.

Work Sample Requirements

All Disciplines: Your work sample is the most significant part of your application. Submit an anonymous sample in the genre or style you propose to work in while at PLAYA. If your work is interdisciplinary, submit your best, current work in your primary discipline and describe your plans to work cross-discipline. Remove your name, address, gallery information, publication names, or other indicators. Work samples bearing personal information will be disqualified.

Installation Art: If your work at PLAYA includes any processes that may result in changes (immediate or long-term) to the visual, physical or aesthetic environment of PLAYA, you must first receive prior approval from the Executive Director. Activities include, but are not limited to relocating earth (rocks, sand or other), cutting or removal of plants, and/or using technology that might adversely affect biotic species (or the tranquility of the Playa experience). Note: We do practice leave no trace ethics out here and proposals will need to reflect how works will adhere to that.

Visual Art: Provide 10-15 images in JPEG format along with a document containing your name, and listing the JPEG filename, title, medium, size and year of completion for each piece. JPEG files should be at least 800x600 pixels and formatted to 72dpi. NO TIFF OR PSD FILES ACCEPTED. Each filename must be numbered and correspond to the accompanying work-description document.

Writing: Your writing sample should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Provide one document that contains a sample as follows: ~Fiction: 10 pages of a novel excerpt, a story, or short stories. ~Poetry: 10 pages of poetry. ~Nonfiction: 10 pages of nonfiction. ~Playwriting: one complete play. ~Screen writing: one complete screenplay. Include in this document a cover page that contains the title(s) of the work, the applicant’s name, and the date of completion.

Performance: Provide three to ten separate works totaling no more than 10 minutes in audio or video format along with one document that lists the file name, title, and year of completion for each work, and that clearly summarizes the applicant’s role on the work. Film/video scriptwriters should also send a script.

Science/Naturalist/Creative Research: Provide one document or presentation slides that contain up to 10 pages of abstracts or other examples that are representative of your work. Include in this document a cover page that contains your name, the title of each work, the date of completion, and a description of your areas of research.

Other: If your project does not fall clearly within one of the above disciplines such as new genre or multidisciplinary, please select the closest category or send an email to the Residency Manager at to discuss an appropriate work sample.

Studio Work Spaces

  • Sandhill Studio – Printmaking, Book Arts, and Visual Arts
  • Avocet Studio – Multi-Purpose Visual Art Studio
  • Outdoor Ceramic Studio – We have two wheels, and one kiln with manual controls
  • Wildcat Studio – Multi-Purpose Studio
  • Diablo – Multi-Purpose Studio
  • #10 Studio – Multi-Purpose Studio
  • Dance, Yoga, Movement Studio in Commons
  • Moonglade: Music & Multipurpose Studio
  • PDF of studio specs – Click to download

More about our Studios on the under “Residency” section.