For Artists / Opportunities

Mineral School, Mineral / Writing and Visual Artist Residencies / Call for Artists

Submission fee
$25 application; $425 residency fee

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During 2018, we will offer residency to a total of 16 creative people — 12 writers and four visual artists. We’ll host three two-week residency periods for a total of 12 writers/artists and one special one-week residency period for a total of 4 parent artists during September. Be sure to check our fellowships, as many are designed for Northwesterners.

Residency dates are as follows:
June 17-July 1, 2018
July 15-July 29, 2018
August 19-September 2, 2018
September 15-September 23, 2018 (parent artists)

We provide accepted applicants with space and time to create new work without the interruptions of normal life and with the bonus of healthy meals prepared by culinary volunteers, with menus designed to accommodate residents’ food challenges and including as much local and organic food as we can reasonably source.

During each residency, we host visiting artists at presentations open to the public. Additionally, during each residency period we hold a resident reading/art sharing evening — this is not mandatory, but it’s a fun way to share new work with the community and gather feedback.

Each resident lives in an 800-square foot former classroom that offers peekaboo views of Mineral Lake and Mt. Rainier, and that will double as a writing studio, with desk and chair, lighting, bookcase, etc. Visual artist residents may improvise a studio anywhere on the grounds (including the room they sleep in — which has worked well for graphic novelists and pen-and-ink artists), work plein air in the area, or use the gym or covered patio as studio space. The main school building has bathrooms with showers. Residents are served all meals. The town of Mineral features a swimmable fishing lake, a tavern, a historic bed & breakfast, a general store, two churches, and a post office. It’s a 25-minute drive to the Ashford/Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Eligible media

Craft, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Photography, Public Art, Visual Arts