Djerassi Resident Artists Program




Artist Residencies

Application Guidelines

Frequently Asked Question


Winter Residencies

Scientific Delirium Madness

AIR Krems Exchange

The Ford Family Foundation Residency for Oregon Visual Artists


Application Guidelines

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 for a residency in 2019
                                                   Late Deadline: March 22, $65 fee

PROCESSING FEE: A nonrefundable processing fee of $45 is required with each application. Applications accepted up to one week after deadline with a $65 late fee.
The fee is to be paid by credit card at the end of the on-line application process in slideroom.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be open at the end of November

ELIGIBILITY AND RE-APPLICATIONS: National and International visual artists, composers, choreographers, media artists, writers and scientists (for the Scientific session) are eligible. Alumni must wait three seasons before reapplying for a return residency. Example: 2016 residents can reapply for the 2020 residency season. Artists who were placed on alternate status may reapply for the next season. Please note the application form, resume and all support materials must be in English. Students are not eligible for residencies.


  • All people, their culture and their art contribute to the meaning and understanding of our humanity and should be honored and celebrated.
  • Artists, their art, their process, and the organizations they create and support play a unique role in witnessing, demonstrating, and providing inspiration to resolve societal inequity and injustice.
  • The Program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists and scientists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in its admission policies.
  • The Program structures its selection process and residency partnerships to value a continuum of aesthetic points of view, ensuring each resident session reflects a microcosm of the world of creative professionals we serve.

ADMISSIONS PANELS: Invitations for residencies are extended based on evaluations made by panels consisting of artists and arts professionals in each discipline. The panels meet once a year to review applicants within those disciplines. Panelists are rotated each year.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified in September of the year they applied.

ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES:Applicants should apply in the category that best represents their work. Applicants may apply to only one admissions panel, and in one genre, at a time. Applicants with concerns about choice of panel should contact the Residency Coordinator before submitting an application.

  1. Literature, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and librettos
  2. Visual Art, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and installation art
  3. Music Composition, instrumental forms (symphonic, chamber music, band), vocal forms (opera, choral, songs), electronic music, and music for film.
  4. Choreography, artists working in choreography.
  5. Media Art/New Genres, film, video, multi media, performance/experimental theater, sound art and radio.

RESIDENCY SESSIONS:There are 6 residency sessions; 5 are 29 days long and 1 is 36 days long. Check all sessions you are interested in. No shorter or partial residencies are offered.

SESSION 3 (June 13 - July 11) is Scientific Delirium Madness.

SESSION 4 (July 18 - August 22) is 36 days long and includes the Annual Open House/Open Studios, scheduled for Sunday, August 12 with Artists-in-Residence participation.

1. March 14 - April 11
2. April 25 - May 23
3. June 13 - July 11 *Scientific Delirium Madness*
4. July 18 - August 22 *Open House*
5. September 5 - October 3
6. October 17 - November 14        

SCIENTIFIC DELIRIUM MADNESS: Session 3 (June 13 - July 11) is *Scientific Delirium Madness*, a special initiative of Djerassi Program in collaboration with LEONARDO/ISAST. Djerassi will host a mix of scientists and artists whose work explores the continuum of art and science.

For the disciplines of visual arts, media arts, literature, music composition, and choreography, if your work is informed or grounded by biology, physics, mathematics, geology, chemistry, agriculture or environmental science, please INCLUDE Session 3 among your prioritized session choices. Residents during this session will be asked to share their experiences via blogs and other public forms. IF YOUR WORK IS NOT SUBSTANTIALLY TIED TO SCIENCE OR MATH, PLEASE DO NOT SELECT SESSION 3.

We ask scientists interested in the Scientific Delirium Madness session to use the 2018 Scientific Delirium Madness: Application for Scientists on the slideroom portal.

For the disciplines of visual arts, media arts, literature, music composition, and choreography, if your work is informed or grounded by biology, physics, mathematics, geology, chemistry, agriculture or environmental science, please use the Application for your specific discipline and include Session 3 among your prioritized session choices.

COLLABORATIONS: Artists who plan to collaborate during the residency must submit individual applications. Work space needs should be clearly specified (i.e. whether or not separate studios are required). Also indicate if you are interested in attending as an individual artist.

COUPLES: Couples must apply separately with the understanding that each applicant will be reviewed separately by their discipline’s panel. If both artists are selected, we will make every effort to schedule you at the same time and arrange appropriate accommodations. Separate studios will be assigned unless otherwise requested. Please note on your applications if you would like to share the same living quarters.

CHOREOGRAPHY APPLICANTS: Choreographers may request to have one DANCER or one VIDEOGRAPHER in residence or request the time alone. This should be noted in the work plan on the Panel Review Form.

GUESTS: Accommodations are limited to selected individual residents only. No accommodations for spouses, partners, or children are available. Friends or family who are in the area for brief visits cannot be accommodated overnight at the facility. They are welcome for day visits and dinner at the ranch. No personal pets are allowed.


Submit six jpeg images to best present your work.
Provide 6 Images (up to 5 MB each)

You may submit more than one type of media to best present your work.
Excerpts of video work and film segments are requested. The panel may only watch the first five minutes.
Provide 1-6 items.
Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Excerpts of work requested. The panel may only watch the first five minutes.
Accepted media files (mov, wmv, flv, mp4)
Provide 1-5 items. Video (up to 60 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo

You may include 2 separate musical scores (PDF). This is optional not required. For works created without a score, a brief statement describing the recorded music should be included. You can do this after you upload. All audio samples need to be uploaded as MP3.
Provide 1-5 items. Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from SoundCloud

Submit work (PDF) in only one genre per application.
Provide 1-5 items. PDFs (up to 10 MB each)
Prose: fiction, creative non-fiction, translation
double-spaced typescript of no more than 30 pages
Drama: scripts, screenplays, librettos
double-spaced typescript of no more than 30 pages
Poetry: 10 short, one-page poems or appropriate excerpts of a longer poem. Please include all poems in one file. no more than 10 pages
Graphic Novels: graphic novels

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Road  
Woodside, CA 94062

650 747-1250