To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.
The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs below.
Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2020 will be considered for residency grants in 2021. Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!
Option 1 - Apply Online
Option 2 - Print and Mail
Online Application Form
Print and Mail Application
To apply via mail, download the application PDF and mail the completed form, along with required work samples to:
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of NM P.O. Box 1891 Taos, NM 87571
What is the length of the residency?
From 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the session. Sessions #1 & #3 are 12 weeks, Session #2 is 10 weeks.
When are residencies offered?
The Foundation offers three sessions a year:
• Session 1 (mid January - mid April)
• Session 2 (June - mid August)
• Session 3 (early September - early December)
What is included in the residency?
The HWF grants rent-free and utility-paid housing on the foundation campus, providing artists with their own fully furnished home (casita) and a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. The HWF places no expectations or requirements on the artists in residence; It is the gift of time and space. In addition to the artist casitas, the HWF campus includes the Commons House w/ WiFi*, Library, The Main House, and laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for their own food and transportation, although the Foundation does provide bicycles for artists in residence.
* WiFi is available in the artist casitas, but is not included in the residency grant. It must be set up by the artist in residence if they wish to have it in their casita.
What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?
What format of work samples should be included with my application?
Literary artists may upload writing samlpes in .pdf format using the application form above. Alternatively, literary artists may choose to mail hard-copies. Include a cover sheet containing your contact info and table of contents, but please omit names and contact info on the writing samples themselves.
• Writers: samples should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages
• Poets: a maximum of six poems.
• Playwrights: include one complete play.
• Screenwriters: include one complete screenplay.
Digital work samples are accepted and encouraged for applications from visual artists and composers. Applicants should prepare to submit five work sample files when filling out the online application form. Acceptable file types for images include jpg, gif and png. Accepted types for audio files are mp3 and m4a.
Filmmakers must mail a DVD or USB-drive containing up to 30 minutes of video which represents no more than five different samples of your work.
Is there an application fee? What costs are involved?
We have an application fee of $25.00 USD. If you are selected to receive a residency we require a deposit of $300.00, half of which is retained for maintaining your casita, the other half being held as a refundable damage deposit.
Who is eligible for an artist residency grant?
We provide residency grants to creative artists from all over the world, regardless of age, experience, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference.
Does the HWF pay for travel costs or provide artist stipends?
Generally, no. However, in certain cases, and dependent on the Rhonda Artist Stipend Fund, the Foundation may be able to assist with grocery expenses.
May I submit my resumé, a letter of intent, or a project proposal?
While not required, feel free to submit your resumé, letter of intent and/or project proposal. You can submit these things via email or mail, but not through the online application form.
Can both my partner and I be in residence at the same time?
The casitas are single-occupancy only. Couples who apply must do so separately; if both are awarded grants, they will be scheduled for different sessions.
Can I bring my pet?
No, we ask you to leave your pets at home during your stay at our campus.
I'm a playwright. How do I apply for the Chesley/Bumbalo grant?
Playwrights applying for the supplemental Chesley/Bumbalo grant must specify this on their application. Online: After you select 'playwright' as your Specialty, check the box above the Comments section specifying your interest in applying for the Chesley/Bumbalo grant. Printed applications: You must write on the form that you are interested in applying for the Chesley/Bumbalo grant.
Applications for Chesley/Bumbalo will be disqualified if subject matter of the work sample doesn't follow guidelines. Sexual preference of the author/applicant is disregarded.
The Foundation's mission is to "Support the artist and the creative process"
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