Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture



PMRCAA Residency Program

Artists, ecological scientists, and scholars wanting to explore connections to nature, land conservation, historic preservation, agriculture and community building projects are invited to Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture in Sisters, Oregon.


Join a Zoom Q & A session to learn more about the 2023 Residency Program – learn more here.

About the Residency Program

Our vision at Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture (PMRCAA) is to connect sustainable agricultural practices, conservation, arts and sciences with traditional and contemporary crafts and skills integral to ranching life including: metal, glass, wood and leather work, ceramics, fibers and textiles, writing, painting and drawing, photography, film and music.

Efforts consist of offering a space where cultural practitioners, ecological scientists and creative thinkers can immerse themselves in their work and/or research through access to studios, open space, and beautiful scenery, working alongside PMRCAA staff, volunteers and community members to preserve the natural biosphere and historic buildings of the ranch for years to come.

At PMRCAA, we strive to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures to find creative solutions to unique challenges. We hope to serve as a platform that fosters the exchange of knowledge between creative people from in- and outside of Central Oregon.

Residents are asked to contribute to the ranch or the local community by helping around the ranch and/or by presenting a workshop or artist’s talk in the community. At the same time, residents are given time and space for their own artistic practice.


Program Overview

In 2018, PMRCAA hosted trial residencies by inviting eight artists for two-week stays. In 2019, PMRCAA moved into its pilot year with more engagement opportunities for residents on the ranch and in the local area community.

Currently, we are hosting three residents at a time. Residents are being accommodated for two to four-week residencies from mid-March to mid-November. They are provided studio space in one of the ranch buildings and a private room with a shared bathroom, kitchen, dining and laundry area. As we continue to remodel other buildings, PMRCAA will be able to accommodate different artists, scientists and scholars. For our 4-week long residencies, residents are invited to participate in an open studio event towards the end of their residency.

The PMRCAA residency program is designed as a retreat experience to pursue personal creative work and share collegial interaction within a small community of creative thinkers. In this spirit, residents are expected to commit themselves for the entire residency session they are awarded.

This program strikes a balance between providing residents the opportunity to socialize with other residents, as well as ample time to work independently. We trust residents to choose the rhythm they need during their creative process, and hope that by working side-by-side in a supportive environment they might find interdisciplinary inspiration.


The 2023 Residency Program

If you desire strawberries, you eat them. If you love strawberries, you grow them yourself. – Hannah Arendt

We are excited to introduce the theme for our 2023 Residency: FOOD & AGRICULTURE.

Food is inextricably connected to thriving people, sustainable environments, prosperous economies and community resilience. Looking forward, many agricultural practices will need to adapt (if they haven’t already) to meet the challenges posed by changes to our environment, climate and population. In recent years, significant efforts have been made to shift away from the industrialized system that currently dominates the food industry, in the hope that a collection of more holistic techniques and sources of food production solutions will take its place. These efforts also explore collaborative forms of community interactions that give rise to community-supported agricultural initiatives such as farmers’ markets and seed to table co-operatives, which encourage us to eat more seasonally and locally.

Aiming to improve our understanding of regional community food systems (from production to processing to distribution to consumer) and to explore strategies for strengthening local food systems, for this residency cycle we invite artists, culture bearers, scientists, scholars and researchers to reflect on the theme of food & agriculture as foundational expressions of life.

Zoom Q & A Sessions

PMRCAA leadership will host two Zoom Q & A sessions about the 2023 Residency Program. These will be informal, attendee-oriented sessions. PMRCAA leadership will begin by sharing about the residency program, but most of the session will be designated for answering questions posed by those in attendance. Please join at your convenience and do not feel obligated to attend the full time.

Space is limited and registration is required. Due to high demand, we ask that interested attendees register for only one of the Q & A sessions.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 9:00 – 10:00am PST – Register here

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 10:00 – 11:00am PST – Register here

We are committed to providing access to our events. Please contact us to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Our Application

To apply, click the button below to access our application portal. There, click the ‘Create New Account’ button. Follow the prompts to create an account. Once logged in, you will see information to apply to the 2023 PMRCAA Residency Program.

Click here to download a PDF version of the 2023 Residency Application Questions.

Accepting applications July 29 – October 14 at 11:59PM PST

Before you apply, we encourage you to look at PMRCAA’s goals and history, as well as The Roundhouse Foundation’s Mission and Vision. PMRCAA foregrounds its identity in a strong sense of place and community, and encourages residents to actively engage with the local talent in an exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Click here to watch a tutorial video for a walk-through on how to sign up in our application portal.

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PMRCAA’s residency program welcomes a wide variety of artists, scientists, scholars and researchers working on individual or collaborative interdisciplinary projects and other forms of creative work.

PMRCAA fosters the creative, intellectual and personal growth for emerging artists and scientists, as well as those who are more established in their career. There are no specific educational qualifications for entry into the program. Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to those who have submitted the proposal that best meets the evaluation criteria by the application deadline. Applicants must address, in the application, their ability to be self-directed in their work and have to present a history of focused work within the discipline for which they are applying.

Applicants working on mediums such as painting, ceramics/pottery, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, fiber arts, mixed media, digital media, photography (digital), installation art, music and performance arts, writing, interdisciplinary work and any scientific and creative research are encouraged to apply.

PMRCAA actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

COVID-19 Vaccination: We are requiring all residents be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if accepted to participate in PMRCAA’s program. If you have a medical exemption, please reach out to PMRCAA staff upon applying so we can further discuss your safety and options. All accepted residents will be asked to share proof of vaccination and negative COVID test prior to arrival.


Application Process

PMRCAA employs a hybrid application process. In order to maximize the fit of residents to the PMRCAA experience, a nomination process will take place for the program. Nominators who are familiar with PMRCAA or are established professionals will be asked to nominate and provide contact information for nominees. Additionally, an open call will be announced where self-nominations can be made through the application process.

Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to those who have submitted the proposal that best meets the evaluation criteria by the application deadline. Evaluation criteria include (in no particular order): quality of work, community engagement, quality of work and relevancy to the theme. Applications are evaluated by panels of external reviewers, who are established and working in fields or practices relevant to PMRCAA’s mission.

Applicants who plan to collaborate during the residency are welcome to apply, but each member of a collaboration must submit an individual application. Work space needs should be clearly specified (i.e. whether or not separate studios are required). Please also indicate if you are interested in attending as an individual artist.


Thursday, July 29 – Residency applications open

Friday, October 14 at 11:59PM PST – Residency applications close

November 14-18 – Finalist interviews

January 2023 – Residency decisions announced

Ranch Setting

PMRCAA is located just outside the city limits of Sisters, Oregon in Central Oregon about 30 minutes from Bend. The Ranch is a working 260-acre historical property currently running cattle, sheep and chickens. During each residency period, there will be two to four residents on site. Collaboration and exchange of ideas among residents and community members is encouraged.

The Ranch strives to create a harmonious, creative community during each residency. To limit outside distractions, overnight guests are not allowed during residencies. Day time guests and visitors can be accommodated with 24-hour notice of visits. Please coordinate guest visits with staff.

Residents are given 24-hour access to all facilities and the time and space to create. All residents have access to the common spaces within the Hammond House and designated studios. Residents are responsible for their studio’s up-keep and general maintenance. Each studio will have a chalkboard sign for you to list hours in which guests can visit your studio.


Community Engagement

At PMRCAA, our work is grounded in a strong sense of place and community. As such, we encourage residents to engage in a community event during their residency. For our 4-week residency cycle, residents are invited to participate in an open studio event towards the end of their residency. For examples of previous community engagement events, read resident stories on our blog.


Facilities & Services

Housing: Private room with a shared or private bathroom, kitchen, dining and laundry area.

Meals: Occasional meals might be provided and the pantry is stocked with essential items and ingredients.

Studio Spaces: PMRCAA property has ten designated studio spaces (and one shared off-site printmaking workspace within the Sisters Makers District) that have been adapted and tailored as art studios for different mediums. Almost all studios are multi-purpose, below is the list and brief description of each on-site studio space:

  • Tent Cabin: Located next to Whychus Creek, this unique cabin has three walls constructed of a heavy-duty tarpaulin, similar to those of a yurt. This inspirational space is ideal for dry mediums, unless working outdoors.
  • Dairy Barn: This big structure has been outfitted with a stage, curtains and great acoustic from its former days as a music studio. This space is ideal for performance artists or for creators in need of designing tall ceilings and a large space. Bear in mind this space is located upstairs with no elevator access.
  • Kiln Room: This studio retains the architecture from its former days as a dairy. The cow stanchions remain as a testament to this usage. The cow stanchions remain as a testament to this use The Kiln Room, home to the PMRCAA’s kiln is a studio space as well as a shared workspace for ceramicists. Ideal for wet and messy mediums.
  • Pickle Room: Located next to the Kiln Room, the Pickle Studio features large big windows that offer a lot of natural light. Potable water is available only in large thermos containers. Non-potable water is available when there is little threat of freezing. Heat is provided with an electric heater. This cozy space was the historic milk parlor and it is ideal for ceramicists and other wet mediums.
  • New Shop: A shared space with the ranch crew, the New Shop hosts artists that work with power and fabrication tools. It has heavy-duty, moveable walls that allow flexibility in the space, yet it offers enough privacy for peaceful and productive work.
  • Old Shop: Situated in the center of PMRCAA property, this renovated structure features tall ceilings, a lot of natural light and rustic wall and ceiling fixtures. This space is ideal for wet and messy mediums.
  • Tack Room: Formerly housing horse care equipment, this renovated private studio now offers a peaceful place where fiber and dry medium artists can focus on their craft. There is no water access in this space.
  • Hammond House Downstairs Studio: Located in the Hammond House, the Downstairs Studio offers access to your creative space without having to step outside. As the studio is situated in the communal living space, artists working in this space will be asked to respect quiet hours. This studio is ideal for quiet, dry mediums.
  • Drawing Studio: Located on the second floor of Hammond House, this space offers wrap-around views of Whychus Creek, mountains peaks and acres of fields and forests. This studio has a private outdoor entrance, but it is also connected to one of the bedrooms at the Hammond House. If there is an occupant of this adjacent bedroom that studio space will be assigned to that resident. Because the studio is situated in the communal living space, artists working in this space will be asked to respect communal quiet hours.
  • Caretaker Cabin: Located next to Hammond House, the Caretaker Cabin is a cozy private studio with a small kitchen and private restroom. Whychus Creek runs behind the back of the unit offering tranquil inspiration. This studio is ideal for dry mediums, unless working outdoors.

Internet access: Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hammond House and Headquarters building and in select studios. 

Accessibility: Some of the spaces at PMRCAA are ADA accessible. Winter weather, including ice and snow on walkways, impact accessibility at our facility. Please contact us directly with specific questions or provide information about your needs in your application.

Ranch Equipment: We want to encourage your creativity, however, PMRCAA is a working ranch. Permission and a safety check is required in advance to use any power tools, equipment or ranch materials and supplies. We are here to help you and want you to be safe. All tools and materials need to be returned to the Ranch Shop at the end of your use. Farm equipment (tractors, trailers, ATVs, etc.) are NOT available for residents.

Pets: Due to the working nature of the Ranch, we regret that pets are not allowed.

Livestock: For safety, engagement with livestock at the ranch is not allowed, unless expression permission is granted by a PMRCAA representative.

Smoking: PMRCAA is a smoke-free facility.


Residency & Application Fees

There are no residency or applications fees.



Stipends are provided to offset living and travel expenses for out-of-town residents. Stipends are not provided to local area applicants. 

Requests for travel reimbursement are available for qualifying residents that are outside a 1,000 miles, one-way, radius of PMRCAA and travel to the site. The requested reimbursement limit is $300 and will be paid upon completion of residency. There are a limited number of reimbursements available for residents. The request will be examined by The Roundhouse Foundation Trustees and may only be used during the resident’s residency dates.

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“Life on Earth is about co-existence – among people, non-human animals, ecosystems, and the environment.
Co-existence is beautiful and generative, chaotic and challenging.
The fact is, we’re in it together.”
-Olafur Eliasson, Icelandic–Danish sculptor and large-scale installation artist

About the 2022 Residency Program: ON COEXISTENCE AND REGENERATION.

At Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture, we work with artists, educators, researchers and Tribal members to support the long-term resilience of the local ecosystem. As stewards of the land, we rely on a deep understanding of the local ecology and the application of time-tested techniques to conserve natural resources and maintain the fertile conditions in which life can flourish. Understanding how different entities within the ecosystem interact and coexist at PMRCAA has allowed us to preserve the ranching tradition and maintain agricultural land. Our hope is to restore PMRCAA’s soil by understanding the diverse web of relationships responsible for maintaining its fertility.

By embracing a more expansive perspective that recognizes the power of diverse ways of knowing and being, we concern ourselves with how to instill ethical relations of production and explore the role artists, culture bearers, scientists, scholars, and researchers play in nourishing radical imagination and facilitating transformative change. As such, we call for artistic, scientific and research proposals that address the idea of coexistence and regeneration that might enable new understandings for the diversity of life, of knowledges and relational forms of living.

Residencies have been awarded to 26 artists, scientists, scholars and researchers working on individual or collaborative interdisciplinary projects and other forms of creative work. Chosen from a pool of more than 80 applicants, each participant was selected based on: quality of work; ability to communicate goals of their project; capacity to engage with and build community; and relevance to the 2022 residency theme, “Coexistence and Regeneration.”

Throughout the year, awardees will be hosted at the Ranch for two-week or four-week residencies. Three recipients will be in residence at a time and each will have studio space for their own artistic practice. They will also participate in community events throughout the year, including lectures, workshops and roundtable talks for the public. This year’s residents range from emerging artists and scientists to those well-known and established in their field and include:

Visual Arts

Kellie G. Hoyt (Minneapolis, MN): Mosaics (2D & 3D), acrylic paintings, nature-focused mixed-media object collages.

David Paul Bayles (Corvallis, OR): Photography focusing on landscapes where the needs of forests and human pursuits often collide, sometimes coexist and on occasion find harmony.

Brenda Gratton (Madison, WI): Mosaics, soft pastels. Seeks hope and joy in small, everyday moments.

Line Bergene (Norway): Norwegian mosaic artist who finds inspiration in her materials.

Ayla Gizlice (Raleigh, NC): Sculpture, installations connecting her Turkish heritage aesthetics with local and global environmental concerns.

Alyssa Eckert (Washington state): Pen and ink drawings inspired by plants, animals and the ecology.

Hilary Pfeifer (Portland, OR): Craft-influenced sculptor. Explores the natural world through object, collage, installation and public art.

Andrew Myers (Corvallis, OR): Explores instinct, extinction, isolation and conservation in drawings with elements of installation, printmaking, sculpture and animation.

Sarah Smiley (Los Angeles, CA): Paintings which employ paper cut-outs. Explores the human relationship to self and the natural world.

Crystal Schenk (Portland, OR): Sculpture. Explores the impact of intensifying wildfires, metaphors of individual and collective grief.

Michael Boonstra (Corvallis, OR): Drawing, photography, installation and sculpture. Founding member, Gray Space artist group, Oregon.

Marie Thibeault (Long Beach, CA): large-scale paintings. Addresses the tension of urban landscape and the natural world, ideas of flux, change and instability in the environment.

Multi-Disciplinary Arts

Lucy Maude Ellis: Work explores imperialism, white supremacy and gender in the contemporary American West, with a focus on cattle ranching.

Lee Emma Running (Omaha, NE): Sculpture and drawings using roadkill animal bones, glass, paper, fabric, fur, raw pigments, and gold.

Selena Jones (Portland, OR): Explores material associations and personifications, creating meaningful forms and experiences.

James Adam Bateman (Utah): Artist, writer and curator. Work relates to cultural, institutional, environmental and aesthetic issues of the Great Basin and the West.


Liza Birnbaum (Seattle, WA): Founding editor, Big Big Wednesday, annual print journal of literature and visual art.

Sandra Honda (Eugene, OR): Japanese-American visual artist and writer. Examines contemporary Asian-American identity, environmental science and policy.

Ecology & the Arts

Bradley Kik (Bellaire, MI): Co-founder/co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, a nonprofit at the intersection of art, farming, local economy and ecology.

Austen Camille Weymueller (Alvin, TX): Investigates her body and its role as a builder in relation to ecology.

Julia Edith Rigby (California): Art informed by climate change and ecological relationships.

Peter Mackay Bradley (Juneau, AK): Independent research on the historiography of herring in Southeast Alaska and beyond. Maintains/creates conceptual infrastructure for communities of creative practitioners.

Sneha Ganguly (New York): South Asian diasporic, interdisciplinary artist, working through the intersection of fine art and mycology.

Education & The Arts

Nancy Caroline Helmsworth (Portland, OR): Artist and arts educator. Considers art a reliable, constant companion.

Manda Bryn Severin (Grants Pass, OR): Educator, artist, musician. Combines stop-motion animation, music, art, storytelling. Will be creating “Comfort Seeds” enriched curriculum for children with fellow resident Nell Geisslinger.

Nell Geisslinger (Los Angeles, CA): Former Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company member; songwriter and performer. Will collaborate with creative partner Manda Severin on new children’s curriculum.

Culinary Arts

Thor Erickson (Bend, OR): Educator, chef and culinary artist. Explores how the region’s natural resources pair with the region’s traditional cooking techniques.

2022 Mosaic Mural Residency2021-08-20T22:51:24+00:00

We are excited to partner with mosaicists Rochelle Schueler and Lynn Adamo, who will curate and facilitate the activities of a two-week-long residency for experienced mosaic artists. 

Experienced mosaic artists are invited to apply to assist in the completion of a mosaic project started in 2020 by the collaborative artist team of Rochelle Schueler and Lynn Adamo. Schueler and Adamo have finished fabricating the first three of seven panels designed for a mosaic installation at PMRCAA. As a model for creativity and collaboration, selected artists will live and work together on-site at PMRCAA, and will receive a stipend for their participation. This mosaic project will be a permanent part of the PMRCAA collection and will promote the medium of contemporary mosaic art.

All materials will be provided, including surplus high-fired ceramic tiles from Kibak Tile for re-use in the mosaic project.


Residency Dates

The two-week mosaic residency will take place May 31 – June 15, 2022. Selected artists will have the option to extend their residency two additional weeks (June 16 – 28, 2022) for a self-directed residency.


Preferred qualifications for applicants:

  • Minimum of experience working on at least 2 large-scale exterior tile mural projects
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to use a contractor’s tile saw and tile nippers
  • Familiarity with using thinset mortar as adhesive
  • Provide your own transportation to Sisters, Oregon.


How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply through PMRCAA’s 2022 Residency program application (open August 16 – October 25, 2021). Once logged in, follow the instructions specified for mosaic residency applicants. Selected artists will be notified in January 2022.



We appreciate your interest. Please contact us with any questions: 541-904-0700;


Schueler and Adamo completed three of the seven panels for the mosaic installation at PMRCAA. The design is inspired by buildings and scenes of nature at PMRCAA.


Schueler and Adamo’s design for the seven-panel mosaic installation at PMRCAA.

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2019 Alumni

Annie Varnot, Brooklyn, NY
Emily Weinstein, Berkeley, CA
Diane Jacobs, Portland, OR
Bean Gilsdorf, Portland, OR
Fritz Liedtke, Hillsboro, OR
Laura Lampton Scott, Portland, OR
Donna Cooper Hurt, Charleston, SC
Stan Peterson
Andy Meyers, Corvallis, OR
Loo Bain, Portland, OR
Arunas Oslapas, Bellingham, WA
Jeanne Medina, Los Angeles, CA
Darius Nabors, Joseph, MO
Anna Iaggegio, Los Angeles, CA
Alex Hirsch, Portland, OR

2018 Alumni

Alan Tracy, Lincoln, RI
Laura Winter, Portland, OR
Michael Boonstra, Eugene, OR
Tessa Hulls, Port Townsend, WA
Harvey Hix, Laramie, WY
Laura Campbell, Sisters, OR
Anne Greenwood, Portland, OR
Dylan Beck, Portland, OR
Cherie Hyde, Portland, OR
Kathryn Graves Yoder, Sisters, OR