CREATIVE
RESIDENCY

A Time and Place for Inspiration

The mission of the Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve is to foster creative thinking inspired by nature and to explore the connection between humans and the environment. The Residency provides artists, composers, writers, botanists, researchers, and other creatives the opportunity to stay in a well-appointed home on Bloedel grounds for three weeks, with unlimited access to the beauty of the 150-acre public garden and forest preserve.

Established in 2015, the program has welcomed 32 Creative Residents from many disciplines — nurturing their passions and exploring the relationships between creativity, nature, and humanity.

Applications for 2020 will be accepted August 12 through October 1, 2019.
Please visit our SlideRoom site HERE for application information. No applications will be received via email. 

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“The space and quiet allowed me to sink into my novel with prolonged, uninterrupted concentration. I woke up with my story, lived and walked with my story, and like any relationship, our intimacy increased.”

– Karen Finneyrock, 2016 Resident

“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

– Andrea Clearfield, Composer

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Opportunity

Professional and emerging artists, composers, writers, botanists, landscape architects, researchers, and others exploring the themes of nature and the human connection are invited to apply to a multi-week Creative Residency.

  • Project or research must relate to nature, with special consideration to projects that explore the connection between people and nature.
  • Each participant is asked to provide a public presentation, workshop, or concert to the public as part of their Residency.

Explore your work in a breathtaking, tranquil environment while staying in the well-appointed Virginia Merrill Bloedel Seminar House.

Residency Amenities

Tucked into the woods, off the trail from regular Bloedel visitors, residents stay in a two-bedroom, two-bath home designed by noted Northwest architect Jim Cutler. The home is built over a stream and has high-quality finishes and furnishings.

A Smart Car is also available for residents to use during their stay. (Proof of valid driver’s license required.)

At this time, Bloedel Reserve is not able to offer a stipend or cover transportation expenses.

For more information, please contact Andre ten Dam [email protected].

The Opportunity

Professional and emerging artists, composers, writers, botanists, landscape architects, researchers and others exploring the themes of nature and the human connection are invited to apply to for a multi-week Creative Residency.

  • Project or research must relate to nature, with special consideration to projects that explore the connection between people and nature.
  • Each participant is asked to provide a public presentation, workshop or concert to the public as part of their Residency. 

Explore your work in a breathtaking, tranquil environment, while staying in the well-appointed Virginia Merrill Bloedel Seminar House. While no dedicated studio space is available at this time, Residents have full access to the Reserve’s 150-acre diverse and textured landscapes on the north end of Bainbridge Island. Residents are invited to engage with local arts organizations for studio space opportunities.

Residency Accommodations

Tucked into the woods, off the trail from regular Bloedel visitors, residents stay in a two-bedroom, two-bath home designed by noted Northwest architect Jim Cutler. The home is built over a stream and has ample natural light, and high-quality finishes and furnishings.

A Smart Car is also available for residents to use during their stay. (Proof of valid driver’s license required.)

At this time, Bloedel is not able to offer a stipend or cover transportation expenses.

For more information, please contact Laura Counsel [email protected]

2019 CREATIVE RESIDENTS

Reagan Jackson
Reagan JacksonWriter, Artist
Jessie Marion Smith
Jessie Marion SmithDancer, Musician, Filmmaker
Judith Bowles
Judith BowlesPoet
Kimberly Trowbridge
Kimberly TrowbridgeCreative Fellow
Z.Z. Wei
Z.Z. WeiPainter
Andrea Clearfield
Andrea ClearfieldComposer
Molissa Fenley
Molissa FenleyDancer
Jill Powers
Jill PowersFiber Artist
Lisa Peachy
Lisa PeachyLandscape Architect
Charlotte Sherman
Charlotte ShermanWriter
Aaron McKnight
Aaron McKnightMixed Media Artist
Tony Drehfal
Tony DrehfalWood Engraver

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