Residencies in The Arts

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Willowtail Springs is a unique property, offering one-week residencies that have a special appeal to artists. Sixty acres tucked away in the high, alpine desert of the Four Corners Region writers come to put the finishing touches on novels, musicians practice, compose and rehearse, visual artists paint, draw, and photograph, but most of all Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center offer a quieter space to inspire, to create, and to reflect.

Willowtail Springs is a registered State of Colorado and Federal Division of Wildlife soft release site for rehabilitated raptors and other birds including golden eagles, great-horned owls, red tailed hawks and kingfishers. Over 100 other bird species have been identified on the property. The grounds 7,800 ancient juniper, pinon, and ponderosa forest with a lake and a vast array of flora and fauna The unique beauty and mysterious spirit of Willowtail Springs provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop where artists and can integrate and renew their work within the tranquility of a natural setting.

Current residency opportunities are listed below:

DAC In-Residence @ WTSNPEC Applications
APPLY for a Residency
Through our partnership with the Durango Arts Center one-week residencies are provided for those creatives living and working in Southwest Colorado. Resident artists are expected to propose and deliver a community offering based on their experience at Willowtail Springs within one calendar year of their residency, whether this takes the form of a lecture, slideshow of work,exhibition, etc., is up to the resident.

Qualifications

  • Must be an emerging, established or mid-career artist in the visual arts, performing arts, film/multi-media, or a musician.
  • Must be a resident of La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, San Juan or Dolores Counties.

Application Deadlines

  • Friday, February 6th (1 resident will be awarded)
  • Friday, May 1st (2 residents will be awarded)
  • Friday, June 12th (1 resident will be awarded)
  • Friday, August 7th (1 resident will be awarded)
  • Please check www.durangoarts.org for details and to apply.

For more on eligibility criteria and selection process for DAC In-Residents @ Willowtail Springs click here.
For more information on what the residency includes and what the resident is responsible for please go over to our Guidelines page.

Questions about this residency opportunity can be directed to:
Cristie Scott, Executive Director of DAC at cristie@durangoarts.org
Questions about Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center can be directed to:
Peggy Cloy, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Willowtail Springs at peggy@wtsnpec.org

Willowtail Springs One-Week Artist in Residence Applications
APPLY for a Residency
Willowtail Springs offers one-week funded residencies and one to four-week self-supported residencies for those in the arts. Our aim is to offer the time and space, against the backdrop of a natural oasis, for artists to reflect, be inspired and create. Each resident is required to deliver a community offering within one calendar year of their residency, whether this takes the form of a lecture, slideshow of work,exhibition, etc., is up to the resident.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an emerging, established or mid-career artist in the visual arts, performing arts, film/multi-media, or a musician.
  • Residencies are open to local, national and international applicants. All are encourage to apply.

Application Deadlines:

  • Friday, January 30, 2015 for one-week Funded Residencies.
  • Continuous for Self-Supported Residencies.
  • Applications will be reviewed February 2015.
  • Submit applications and inquiries to: peggy@wtsnpec.org

For more on eligibility criteria and selection process for Willowtail Springs Residents click here.
For more information on what the residency includes and what the resident is responsible for please go over to our Guidelines page.

Questions about Willowtail Springs Funded and Self-Supported Residencies and about Willowtail Springs can be directed to:
Peggy Cloy, Executive Director and Co-Owner at peggy@wtsnpec.org

 

RECENT RESIDENCIES

Deborah Sussex
Pastel
One-Week Residency, April 2015
More information forthcoming!

Crystal Hartman
Watercolor, Pen and Ink
One-Week Residency, March 2015
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“When I came to Willowtail I thought I would keep drawing [the way I did in my studio, cold, influenced by the harsh realities of the honey bees’ current situation], but the first day [of my residency] I went to visit wild honeybees and their warmth and the warmth of this place, the quiet, the way you can hear a honey bee from a long ways off grabbed my heart and everything changed. My whole approach to their story and the way I want to share their story is much warmer now.”

Shay Lopez
Painting, Writing, Sculpture
One-Week Residency, November 2014
“What a place! I have so enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the Garden Cottage and feel so blessed to have experienced Willowtail. You have created a true gem. Thanks so much for making this available to artists. May our work perpetuate in some way, the energy and love of Willowtail Springs.”

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