Types of Residencies

Visual Art
Provide 10-15 images in JPEG format along with a document that contains your name, and lists the JPEG filename, title, medium, size and year of completion for each image. JPEG files should be at least 800×600 pixels and formatted to 72dpi. NO TIFF OR PSD FILES ACCEPTED. Each filename must be numbered and correspond to the accompanying work-sample description document.

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: 20 pages excerpted from a novel or short stories.  
  • Poetry: 10 pages of poetry. 
  • Nonfiction: 20 pages of nonfiction. 
  • Playwriting: one act from a play. 
  • Screen writing: 20 pages of script.

Include in this document a cover page that contains the applicant’s name, and lists the title and date of completion for each sample.

Provide three separate works of 10 – 15 minutes each in audio or video format along with one document that lists the filename, 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.

Natural Sciences
Provide one document that contains up to 10 pages of abstracts, excerpts, links to publications or short papers that are representative of your work. Include in this document a cover page that contains your name, lists the title and date of completion for each work, and a description of your area of research.

If your project does not fall clearly within one of the above disciplines, please send an email to the Residency Manager at info@playasummerlake.org to discuss an appropriate work sample.


In July 2017, PLAYA welcomed visual artist Erin Oliver from North Carolina, the first of three Creative Access residents who will enjoy residencies earmarked for artists with spinal cord injuries. PLAYA is honored to be part of this collaborative program of the Vermont Studio Center and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. PLAYA is an ADA compliant facility and looks forward to welcoming more special needs artists and scientists in the future. The program continues through 2018. For 2018 application information visit vermontstudiocenter.org

Ford Family Foundation Oregon Visual Artist Mid-Career Residency Award

For the calendar year 2018, PLAYA has been awarded a generous grant by the Ford Family Foundation to support the work of Oregon mid-career visual artists. Any Oregon visual artists who meet the requirements of the grant can apply for an artist’s stipend to cover the costs of materials and travel related to a residency at PLAYA.

To qualify for an artist stipend an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a practicing visual artist currently producing works of art
  • Be a full-time resident of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline
  • Be 30 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Provide evidence, through appropriate documentation, seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in your medium
  • Not enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time at the time of the application or during the successive grant period. 

If an artist meets these criteria, they can apply for the Ford Family Foundation stipend by checking the appropriate box on their PLAYA application. If accepted for a residency at PLAYA, they will be sent the appropriate forms to fill out. 


January, February, March: Traditional

April 2-13: “I Once Was Blind but Now I See: When Spirit and Science Look Through the Same Lens”

We invite artists, naturalists, theologians, ecologists and other scientists to apply for this four week residency that will consider the possible relationships between the scientist’s Eureka moment and the spiritual moment of epiphany. Are there points of contact between the scientific way of knowing and the spiritual/religious way of knowing? Is the dichotomy between spiritual and scientific that has grown wider in much of the world a necessity, or are there bridges between the two that can lead to a wider understanding of why we’re here and how to go about our lives? Inclusive thinking and sensitive cultural responses to the changing environmental and political landscapes are now more important than ever. Preference will be given to applicants who have a history of collaboration and/or are willing to engage the greater community as well as artists who apply with a scientist and scientists who apply with an artist. This application is for a residency scheduled April 2 – April 13, 2018 ONLY.

May, June: Traditional

July 2-27: “Information, Inspiration and Integration: Art/Science Solutions to Ecological Problems”

PLAYA invites visual, literary and performing artists, and scientists to a unique residency opportunity that explores collectively and individually the possibilities of art and science finding ways forward on the ecological problems that face us today. We are looking for innovative artists and scientists who want the opportunity to integrate cross disciplinary approaches in search of meaningful understanding and communication.  Preference will be given to applicants who emphasize ground breaking approaches to interdisciplinary work in science, writing, visual art, video or performance and who are interested in integrating experimental and collaborative strategies with other residents and/or willing to engage with the greater community.

August and first half of September: Traditional

September 17-28: "String Theories"

From musical strings to the related strands of scientific string theory to the woven strands of tapestries and weavings to the strings of words poets and prose writers assemble, this themed residency will explore the points of contact among all disciplines and the ways in which strands from one might be woven into and enrich another. Exploration, collaboration and experimentation will be the watchwords of this exciting, open-ended two week residency.

First half of October: Traditional

October 15 – 26: "Labor of Love: Artists and Naturalists Address the Question, What Is Our Work In a Wounded World?"

Does everyone laugh at the same thing? Does anyone? Does the particular culture we grow up in dictate what we laugh at? Is our appreciation of humor deeply related to other things we appreciate? Beauty? Sadness? Wonder? This two-week residency will investigate our emotional triggers, especially our urge to laugh, how they work and what they say about us.

November and first half of December: Traditional