Clockwise from upper left. Printmaker Alex Chitty; Master printer Julia D'Amario; Writer and Fall 2006 Resident Dina Rabadi (Chicago); Spring 2007 Resident Wuon Gean Ho (London).


The Residency Program has provided more than 200 artists, writers, musicians, architects and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Residents are on campus October through mid-May, when public workshops are minimal.

Up to six residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. (See the application for specific dates.) All residents perform community outreach during their stay, offering free exhibits and lectures on campus, presentations to area schools or community groups, and/or conducting scholarly research for local educational institutions.

The Sitka Center also offers the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency (for non-printmakers), which was established in 2002 to provide artists with little or no printmaking experience a 2-week residency to explore a new creative medium with guidance, instruction and technical assistance from a master etching printer.

The Sitka Center hosts approximately 20 residents each year. Some residents are emerging voices while others are mature professionals who are internationally recognized in their disciplines. Residents come from across the U.S. and (to date) seventeen nations.

Significant support for the Sitka Center's Residency Program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Ford Family Foundation and the donors to the named residency funds. Sitka also receives support from the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, and hundreds of donors and members.

Residency Facilities and Location

Studios and residences are assigned by the Sitka Center depending on the needs of a particular group of residents. Each resident is given separate private fully-furnished living quarters with a full kitchen. Most residents are given a private studio. No stipend is provided. Laundry facilities are available on campus. Residents are responsible for providing their own food, cleaning supplies, and transportation while in residence. High speed Internet is available.

Sitka Center is located seven miles from the nearest town (Lincoln City) and is within the privately owned Cascade Head Ranch. The nearest access to public transportation is about 3 miles away. While the majority of day-to-day needs can be purchased in Lincoln City, many art supplies are not readily available, and must be purchased in Portland (a 2-hour drive away) or shipped. The Sitka Center borders a Nature Conservancy Preserve, the Siuslaw National Experimental Forest and the Salmon River estuary, and is located within a National Scenic Research area and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve.

For more detailed information about our studios and residences click here.


The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national organization supporting the work of artists. Through publications, member benefits, and symposiums on the role of artists in communities, the Alliance heightens our awareness of the value of art in our lives and fosters best practices in residency programs throughout the US and the world. The Sitka Center has been an Institutional Member of the Alliance since 1999.