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.


Boyden Studio

Boyden Studio was the first building on campus having been built in 1972 and remodeled in 2012. This 1500 square-foot studio features wood floors, picturesque views of the ocean, a deep sink and ample natural light.

Edelman Studio

Remodeled in 1994 and again in 2012, this 550-square-foot studio is adjacent to the Boyden Studio. It features a color-corrected fluorescent light system, combination incandescent overhead, and spotlights all with dimmer controls appropriate for multiple use. The studio features a view of sculpture garden and forest from north-facing windows. It has a small kitchenette with a sink, microwave and refrigerator.

Smith Studio

Built in 1996, this 800-square-foot studio with concrete floor features color-corrected overhead fluorescent lighting, and ample natural light from southwestern windows and skylight. This studio is most often used as our printmaking studio, as it holds the Center's Ray Trayle press and other equipment appropriate to printmaking.

Sculpture Studio

Built in 1999, this 500-square-foot studio with concrete floor has color-corrected overhead fluorescent lighting, with moderate natural light from windows and two sets of French doors. This studio houses a large double sink, three kilns, potter's wheel, two-phase power, power tools including table saw, drill press, belt sander, compressor, other portable tools. The studio includes storage space for glazes, clay, tools, woodworking tables and equipment.


New House

A small studio home with a sleeping loft (accessible by ladder). Ample large windows face east end of campus and forest, giving the space a secluded feel.

Petterson Studio Apartment

Tucked underneath Boyden Studio, this compact residency is a cozy place to call home.

Morley House

The largest of our residences, this two-story open plan house features a large comfortable kitchen and living room.

Gray House

This new residence was constructed using green building practices in March 2010. It is named after John Gray who provided the incentive and the funds for the residence's construction. It features an open layout design and is located up the hill nestled in the Sitka spruce trees.

McKee House

Named after Howard McKee and his family, this second residence, also constructed with green building practices in March 2010, has the added benefit of being ADA compliant.

* The Sitka Center also houses residents in donated homes close to campus on occasion.


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.