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Residency Application Directions
We are open to international and domestic applicants as long as eligibility requirements are met.
Applicants may choose a 5, 12 or 26 day session. All residency sessions begin on a Thursday and end on a Monday. Applicants must choose from the dates available. We cannot accommodate custom residency dates.
2022 Available DAtes:
Jan. 6-31- 26 days
Feb. 3-14- 12 days
Feb. 17-28- 12 days
Mar. 3-7- 5 days
Mar. 10-14- 5 days
Oct. 13-17- 5 days
Oct. 20- 31- 12 days
Nov. 3-14- 12 days
Nov. 17- Dec. 12- 26 days
PLAYA recognizes that living in a remote and rural community can be challenging. If you have any questions about whether PLAYA is the best fit for you, questions about the residency accommodations or the application process listed below, please reach out to Carrie Hardison at 541.943.3983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 before 11:59 pm on August 1, 2021, by following the link below. We highly encourage you to read the application information and instructions carefully. Please note that the application questions will help the jury choose residents whose work is in alignment with PLAYA’s mission and whose work or project would most benefit from the assets that PLAYA has to offer.
2022 applications close on August, 1, 2021.
PLAYA’s residencies are open to the global community of scientists and artists whose work promotes dialogue and positive change in the environment and the world. We encourage naturalists, biologists, musicians, designers, sustainability leaders, social practitioners, musicians, visual artists, writers and performing artists to apply. PLAYA welcomes applications from both emerging and seasoned professionals. Applicants must demonstrate how their work aligns with our mission and how they, or their project, will benefit from time at PLAYA. All residents must be 18 years old or older. 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 or applicants must submit new and complete applications. Past residents must wait two years after the date of their last residency 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 how closely their work or project aligns with PLAYA’s mission, and how well the applicant, or the project, will benefit from immersion in the PLAYA landscape. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of PLAYA.
Your application must be accompanied by a $15.00 non-refundable processing fee. You will be asked to submit payment when you are in the application. If you are applying as collaborative team, each person must submit an application, a $15 fee and indicate in the questions setion who you are applying with and your living accomodation needs.
We are unable to reschedule cancelled residencies. If you are accepted and you can not make your residency, for whatever reason, we consider that a cancellation. If you accept a residency and leave early, we consider this a cancellation as well.
While every effort is made to accommodate applicants’ schedule requests, we are not always able to grant your choices. Please indicate your flexibility and restrictions on your application. We schedule based on the dates you pick and flexibility at the time you applied. We cannot promise to reschedule you if your availability changes at the time of registration.
If applying as a collaborative team, all members must submit an application and the $15 fee. Indicate in the questions section the names of the collaborative partners and your specific needs for lodging and workspace.
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 in the question section on their application.
Work Sample Requirements
All Disciplines: You will be asked to submit 5-10 work samples. Quality is more important than quantity. Submit enough samples that the jurors can get a sense of your work. Work samples can include photos, audio, video, and writing as long as each sample doesn’t exceed the 1 MB limit for each file. You can submit links to videos or large files. If you are a couple or collaboration please provide a portfolio of work samples especially of what work you have done together.
Multimedia: If you are working in multimedia or have your work archived in multimedia you are welcome to submit a portfolio of works as long as it is within the submission guidelines. For example, you could submit 5 minutes of video, 10 minutes of audio, and 5 images. If you are new to interdisciplinary work, submit your best, current work in your primary discipline and describe your plans to work in a cross-discipline manner.
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 once you are here. 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 and proposals will need to reflect how works will adhere to that.
Visual Art: Provide 5 – 10 images in JPEG format. JPEG files should be at least 800×600 pixels and formatted to 72dpi. NO TIFF OR PSD FILES ACCEPTED.
Writing: Please provide 5-10 writing work samples. This could be one document with up to 10 pages, or you can upload separate files with individual samples. Your writing samples should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence.
Music + Performance: Provide 5-10 separate works totaling no more than 15 minutes in audio or video format.
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.
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. If you are new to interdisciplinary work, submit your best, current work in your primary discipline and describe your plans to work in a cross-discipline manner. Please note that you can provide a portfolio of work samples such as photos, audio, video, and writing as long as each sample doesn’t exceed the limits set for each file/media type. Please curate for quality, not quantity. Be aware that more isn’t better. If you are a couple or collaboration please provide a portfolio of work samples especially of what work you have done together.
Studio Work Spaces
- Sandhill Studio – Printmaking, Book Arts, and Visual Arts -Well equipped studio with 3 manual etching presses and blankets. Accommodates work on paper up to 22” X 30″
- Avocet Studio – Multi-Purpose Visual Art Studio
- Wildcat Studio – Multi-Purpose Studio
- Diablo – Multi-Purpose Studio
- #10 Studio – Multi-Purpose Studio
- Dance, Yoga, Movement Studio in Commons
- Moonglade: Music & Multipurpose Studio – Please see the Studio section for more information.
- PDF of studio specs – Click to download
More about our Studios and Equipment under the “Residency” section.
Tips for Applying for Residencies
Provide Quality Work Samples: The single most important factor in being accepted into a residency is the quality of your work samples. Here are some tips:
- Use a professional photographer, audio engineer, videographer, etc., to ensure your work is well documented.
- Select your strongest recent work. Have a friend or colleague you trust to look over the samples you have chosen to give you feedback. If you are moving in a new direction in your work but do not yet have good examples of your new work, choose work samples that demonstrate your strongest work and then discuss the new ideas in the narrative parts of your application.
- Select a coherent set of work samples. Too little variety seems like you are stuck; too much variety seems like you are scattered – try to find a happy medium. The jurors don’t need to know that you are interested in everything; they just want to know what is most compelling and that you have enough depth in your creative practice to explore ideas.
Articulate Your Interest in This Residency: Demonstrate in the questions section that you have done your homework and know why this particular residency is of interest to you. Perhaps you are drawn to its location, its history, its technical equipment and facilities, the surrounding community, the other kinds of artists that attend, the organization’s values, etc. – whatever the reason, find a way to connect with the residency program in a meaningful way.
Show Appropriate Project Plans: Project proposals are used to help the residency staff and jury better understand your thought process, your ability to imagine the possibilities of a residency and your recognition of what is appropriate for this particular residency. For example, an artist applying for a rural, isolated residency whose work normally involves urban landscapes should discuss how a new environment will further their work. Project proposals also allow the organization to plan what facilities or equipment you might need and whether they can accommodate your needs.
Follow Directions: From requiring work samples in a certain file format to limiting the number of words or pages, to asking for specific information, residency programs spend a great deal of care and thought developing an application process. Most now use an online application service. And with hundreds or even thousands of applications per deadline, applicants who do not follow directions are often eliminated outright. Not following directions also sends a bad message, when residency directors have to consider whether a resident will follow directions about studio safety, being a good neighbor to fellow residents, and not damaging property.
Choose Your References Wisely: PLAYA only requires contact information for references, no reference letters required. These are primarily used to determine how well you will be able to function in a self-directed environment and in community with others. Be sure to list references from people who can speak to these things, rather than seeking references who have a cache but don’t know you well; if you have attended other residencies, consider the residency director as a reference.
Not sure about something? Ask!: Applying for a residency, especially if it is your first time, is nerve-wracking. If you are unsure what is being asked of you, whether you might be a good fit for the program, whether you should apply in one discipline or another if your work is multidisciplinary, which application deadline is more competitive, if the site can accommodate your workplace needs, or other questions, just email the residency or program director. Be as clear and concise in an email as possible as to what your concerns are, and solicit feedback well in advance of a deadline. And if you are not accepted, ask for feedback. Not every program offers this, but it can’t hurt to ask!