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.

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.

Apply for a 2025 Residency: Applications Open May 1 – June 30

2025 Theme: Care & Stewardship

We invite artists, ecological scientists, and scholars whose work explores the theme of “Care & Stewardship” to apply for a 2025 residency. At the heart of this theme is the idea that care transcends human boundaries and acknowledges our interconnected existence in the world. We invite individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to explore the multifaceted dimensions and essence of care.

At its core, Care & Stewardship beckons reflection upon reciprocal responsibility we hold as stewards of the Earth. It prompts us to consider the consequences of our actions, both immediate and in the future, on ecosystems, biodiversity, and future generations. Yet, its reach extends far beyond interpersonal dynamics to encompass the stewardship of our environment, the pursuit of social justice, and the cultivation of collective well-being. Through this exploration, we invite artists, scientists, scholars, and cultural bearers to critically engage with the concept of care, probing its intersections with issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, and ethical responsibility. Together, let us delve into the transformative potential of care in shaping more compassionate and sustainable futures.

Online Q&A Sessions: PMRCAA leadership will host two Zoom Q&A sessions about the 2025 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.

Applications Open for 2025 Residency Program: Care & Stewardship

Application deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024 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 download a PDF version of the 2025 Residency Application Questions. (All applications must be submitted via our application portal. This PDF is provided only for use as a reference. Required questions are marked with a red asterisk.)

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

If you’ve applied for a residency or arts program with PMRCAA before, you are likely registered in our application system. To log in, click the ‘Apply for a 2025 Residency” button below, then click ‘Forgot your Password’. An email will be sent to you to set your password.

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If you’re new to PMRCAA or have not accessed our arts portal in the past, you will need to register before accessing the application system. Click the ‘Apply’ button below, then click the ‘Create New Account’ button.

Residency Program Details2024-05-22T14:23:43-07:00


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 Resident Alumni: Alumni can apply for a residency at PMRCAA every two years.

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.


May 1 – Application opens
May 28 and June 14 – Residency Program Info Sessions (Optional) – Learn more & register
June 30 at 11:59PM PST – Application closes
July 5 – Reference Responses Due
August 12-23 – Finalist interviews
September – Residency decisions announced


The application form will request you enter email addresses for at least two references: one from within your discipline area and, if applicable, one from a former residency. Once an email address is entered, you will be asked to compose a brief email inviting your reference to complete hidden questions. They will receive your email, as well as another auto-email from the system with instructions to log in and complete the reference form.

Please provide references for people who can effectively evaluate your ability to live and work collaboratively in a positive living community and to communicate effectively.

We estimate it takes 10-15 minutes for references to complete the brief questionnaire. View a sample of the reference questions here.

Please note that our application closes June 30, but all reference responses are due by July 5.

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 are always looking for opportunities to connect participating residents with our local community. We invite residents to make a meaningful connection to the larger community as part of their residency. The formats for the community engagement activity might vary from an interpersonal encounter with members of the local community (one-on-one meetings) or on a bigger scale through a class, talk or workshop.

To learn more about the different community engagement opportunities we offer, click here. For examples of previous community engagement events, read resident stories on our blog

Please note:

  • For each cohort (2 weeks and 4 weeks), we host an Open Studio where the general public is invited to tour each studio and learn more about the residents’ practice and what they have done during their time at the ranch. Although this is not mandatory, we encourage all residents to participate.
  • We are unable to accommodate all residents with teaching opportunities. If teaching (or any proposed community engagement) is crucial to your time in residency, please be sure to indicate why in the application.


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. Click here to download a PDF document with studio measurements and specifications.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Residency Application Technical Resources2024-05-21T12:11:11-07:00

Common Technical Issues and Solutions


Watch tutorial videos that cover how to get started in our application system, including creating an account and accessing an application: SLM Applicant Resources

Our best advice with any technical error: Save your work, log out and log back in. If the problem persists, please contact us.

No access code is required to access our application. On the ‘Apply’ page, locate the blue ‘Apply’ button (pictured below) in the upper right corner to start an application. 


If you need to step away from the application for more than 5 minutes, be sure to click ‘Save Application’ at the bottom of the application and log out. Our application system autosaves, but this is best practice to ensure your work is not lost or tampered with.

When you enter a website or an email address in our application:

  • There should be no spaces before or after the link/address.
  • Websites need to be in a url format, such as or
  • In most sections of the application, website links will not be live. The only response where a website link will be live is the “Where can we view more of your work?” question in the ‘Representation of Work’ question group.


References: Our application will ask for at least two (and maximum three) references. Follow the steps below to add references to your application. We estimate it takes 10-15 minutes to complete the reference section. Download a sample of the reference questions here.

  1. Enter the email address for the person who will serve as your reference.
  2. Click ‘Compose Email.’
  3. Write a brief email to the reference. 
  4. Click ‘Send.’
  5. In addition to your email, the system will automatically send the reference a second email that contains their link to log in and complete the applicable questions.

Make sure there are no spaces before or after the email address.

All applications are due by 11:59PM the day of the deadline. However, references can be accepted after the application deadline.

If you were asked to be a reference and are running into issues: Contact us and we will be happy to help.


Character Limits: We appreciate brevity in your responses and have included length expectations for your response to each question. Please note this application uses character limits to measure the length of responses. The character limit includes spaces.

It may be helpful to consider the character limit in relation to a word and/or page count. The estimates below are based on a rough average of 6 characters per word:

  • 1,500 characters = 250 words or .5 page single-spaced
  • 500 characters = 80 words
  • 250 characters = 40 words
2024 Theme & Residents2024-04-29T10:54:46-07:00

2024 Residency Program Theme: Transitions and Migration

Migration serves as an integral aspect of the human experience, exerting influence upon cultures, societies, and ecosystems. However, it is important to recognize that migration extends beyond human movement alone. When examining transitions and migration through the lens of humans and beyond-humans, we encompass the processes of movement, change, and adaptation experienced by all living beings in their intricate interactions and interconnectedness. We acknowledge that humans do not exist as solitary actors but rather as integral components of a complex web of relationships that encompass animals, plants, ecosystems, and the environment.

In light of this understanding, we are delighted to announce a residency program that aspires to explore migration in its broadest context. By examining the movement and adaptation of all living beings, including animals, plants, microorganisms, and even ideas, we aim to capture the essence of these transitions and migrations in both the human and natural realms. Our primary focus is to highlight the magnificence, resilience, and vulnerability of our planet. We warmly invite artists, cultural workers, scientists, scholars, and researchers to delve into the intricate complexities of migration. By considering factors such as climate change, displacement, diaspora, urbanization, colonization, technological advancements, and the entanglements between human and non-human migrations, we hope to shed light on the multifaceted nature of these processes.

Through our collective exploration, we seek to illuminate the interconnectedness of all beings and the dynamic processes that shape our world. It is our sincere aspiration that this endeavor will inspire empathy, understanding, and stewardship of our environment. Together, we hope to embark on a transformative journey that celebrates the interplay between humans and beyond-humans, fostering a deep appreciation for the interdependence and shared destiny that binds us all.

The 2024 residency participants are: 

Visual Arts

Mychelle Moritz (She/Her) – Portland, OR

Mychelle Moritz is a multimedia sculpture artist who incorporates clay and scavenged bits into her works. Drawing from a narrative base, each series she creates tells a story, and is especially concerned about the damage that humans are perpetrating on our wild. Creating is a way of advocating while also working through her internal landscape.

Megan Wiessner (She/Her) – Queens, NY

Meg Wiessner is a researcher and artist based in NYC making work about the environmental and infrastructural aspects of media systems. She is currently researching the role of digital technologies in the emerging political ecology of mass timber architecture in the Pacific Northwest. At PMRCAA, she will be working on illustrations for this project.

Minal Mistry (He/Him) – Portland, OR

Minal Mistry is a biologist/scientist working in the industrial sustainability arena with an emphasis on the impacts of material production and consumption upon the living Earth. His focus area is at the intersections of environmental, ecological and social justice. His art has evolved from those intersections, primarily as sculpture and writing. 

Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce (He/Him) – Portland, ME

Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) is an avid modern traditionalist quilter. Residing in Queens just outside of Manhattan, he spends his time designing fabric for NYC-based Andover Fabrics, writing quilt patterns, and teaching different quilting techniques. Most of his work utilizes various foundation paper piecing methods.

Esperanza Cortés (She/Her) – New York, NY

Esperanza Cortés is a Colombian-born multidisciplinary artist based in NYC. Exhibitions include: USA, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Awards include: Guggenheim Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, NYSCA, NYFA, LMCC.
Residencies include: Ucross, Caldera, Joan Mitchell Center.

Rosa Valladares (She/Her) – Sarasota, FL

Rosa Valladares is a visual artist focusing on printmaking media as well as metal, watercolors and installations. She is proficient with manipulating digital images, non-toxic techniques, and the use of pliable materials. With a contemporary vision, Valladares utilizes the media in a three-dimensional manner. She combines printmaking with metals, clay, fabric, transparencies and papers as a new way to engage in dialogue among these mediums and to produce multi-media artwork. In her recent work, Valladares is exploring new interpretations of nature through printmaking. 

Jennifer Rabin (She/Her) – Portland, OR

Jennider Rabin is a  mixed-media sculptor who began a visual art practice later in life, after a fifteen-year career as a writer.  In the past, she began each sculpture with an exact image in her head of what she wanted the sculpture to look like. This recent body of work has been a complete departure for Rabin, entirely process-driven, exploratory, and free.

Alfonso Fernandez (He/Him) – Baltimore, MD

Alfonso Fernandez is a visual artist whose evocative creations traverse the delicate intersection of culture, identity, and historical narratives. His artistic journey began with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts in 2013, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from MICA 2016. 

Christie Lower (She/Her) – Halfway, OR

Christie Lower is a 3D fiber artist with a focus on needle felting. She uses the animals and nature from her home in the Pacific Northwest as inspiration, with a deeper focus on birds, and capturing their likeness in wool. Christie is a self-taught fiber artist who wishes to show how needle felting can be more than just a craft, but a beautiful form of art. 

Beatriz Guzman Velasquez (She/Her/Ella) – Edinburg, TX

​Beatriz Guzman Velasquez was born and raised in the border region of southwest Texas. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an alumna from the New York Studio School and the University of Texas-Pan American. Her work speaks about the present issues of migration, identity and regeneration.  

Pato Hebert  (He/They/All) – Los Angeles, CA

Pato Hebert is an artist, teacher and organizer whose work probes the challenges and possibilities of interconnectedness. Their solo exhibition about long COVID, Lingering, debuted at Pitzer College in 2022. Hebert serves as chair and teaches in the Department of Art & Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Eliot Spaulding (She/Her) – Santa Barbara, CA

Eliot Spaulding is a California-based visual artist with a focus on sustainability, craft, and community. Her interdisciplinary work explores human involvement in vulnerable ecosystems. During her ritualistic visits to the ocean, she gathers inspiration, studies the local geology, and collects washed-up waste material for use in future works.

Ren Allathkani (She/Her/They/Them) – Elk Grove, CA

Ren Allathkani is a Palestinian artist raised across the U.S. and Jordan, where her family hails from Jaffa and Nablus. With a BA in Art Studio from UC Davis, she now practices at Verge, focusing on Palestinian tatreez and natural materials. Her art reconnects her to spirituality and her Palestinian heritage, reclaiming lost roots.

Sandee McGee (She/Her) – Simi Valley, CA

Sandee McGee is an artist and curator who received her BA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, California where she was the recipient of the Ralph DuCasse Award for Excellence in Art. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2010. 

Sylvia Friday (She/Her) – Alsea, OR

The ancient art of basket weaving lives in the ancestral memory of all human hands. Sylvia Friday is a traditional basket maker, folk artist and writer. Weaving with willow combines her love for rivers, creeks and wetlands with her love of making things with her hands. 


Literary Arts

Diane Wilson (She/Her) – Shafer, MN

Diane Wilson is a Dakota writer, educator, and bog steward, who has published five award-winning books as well as numerous essays. Her novel, The Seed Keeper, received the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction, and her memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award. Wilson is enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation. 

Jen Karetnick (She/Her) – Miami, FL

The winner of the 2022 Cider Press Review Book Award for Inheritance with a High Error Rate (January 2024), Jen Karetnick is the author of 20 additional books. Her work has won the Tiferet Writing Contest for Poetry, Hart Crane Memorial Prize, and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, among other honors. She is co-founder/co-curator of the not-for-profit organization, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami).

Dr. Natasha Varner (She/Her) – Seattle, WA

Dr. Natasha Varner is a historian and writer whose bylines include The Nation, Atlas Obscura, Public Radio International, and Jacobin. Her first book, La Raza Cosmética: Beauty, Identity, and Settler Colonialism in Postrevolutionary Mexico, was a finalist for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s Best First Book Award in 2021.

Jackleen de La Harpe (She/Her) – Portland, OR

Jackleen de La Harpe retired as executive director and founder of Underscore News, a digital news team covering Indigenous issues in the PNW. She oversaw Underscore’s Food Sovereignty Project (2023) and was a Contributing Editor for The Conversation U.S. Her reporting has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, ICT (Indian Country Today) and



Atif Akin (He/Him) – New York, New York

Atıf Akın is an artist from Turkey living in New York. His work is about technoscientific criticism in the context of contemporary art, science, and politics. Integrating technology as both subject and means of expression, Akın explores issues that are considered sensitive in public, unlocking them from the rigid categories in which they reside.

Kathleen Caprario (She/Her) – Springfield, OR

Kathleen Caprario traded the concrete canyons of New York City for the broad skies of the Pacific NW where she has established herself as a visual artist, art educator and writer. Caprario exhibits widely and is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and the Jordan Schnitzer Black Lives Matter Artist Award.

Christina Martin (She/They) – Portland, OR

Christina Martin is an explorer of material and identity. Their material exploration transforms the print past paper, introducing and interlacing new forms of media with various printmaking techniques, including ceramics. Martin’s work is rooted in intersectionality, navigating cultural spaces, defying binaries, and reflecting on tensions of transition and boundaries.

Michelle Swinehart (She/Her) – Ridgefield, WA

Michelle Swinehart is an artist who utilizes collaboration and community engagement in her art practice. She is currently an instructor in PSU’s interdisciplinary general education program and School of Art & Design. She lives on Full Plate Farm in Ridgefield, Washington with her husband, three kids and fourteen chickens.

Michelle Illuminato (She/Her) – Portland, OR

Michelle Illuminato creates events, public-exchanges, and artworks to help reveal the complicated and often contradictory relationship between people, their culture and the land they live on. Her projects are shown nationally and internationally and have received numerous awards. She lives in Portland and teaches at Portland State University.


Environment Science

Dr. Gail Langellotto (She/Her)

Gail Langellotto, Ph.D. is an entomologist and Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University, where she leads the Garden Ecology Lab. With her students, she studies the plants, insects, microbes, and decisions that improve or degrade a garden’s ability to promote environmental and human health.

Dr. Jamie Cornelius (She/Her) – Corvallis, OR

Dr. Jamie Cornelius is a biologist interested in how birds cope with challenging environments and how their ability to cope defines the range where they can live. She uses new and old technologies to study their behavior and physiology in the wild.  Cornelius is excited to partner with artist collaborators to expand the scope of her thinking and approaches. 

Residency Program Alumni2024-02-23T19:35:31-08:00

2023 Alumni

Alexandria Nazar (Philadelphia, PA)
Catie Michel (Denver, CO)
Collin Bell (Syracuse, NY)
Derek Yost (Portland, OR)
Erin Cooper (Portland, OR)
Flora Carlile-Kovacs (Seattle, WA)
Laura Rubin (Bend, OR)
Lilith Rockett  (Portland, OR)
Michael Pribich (New York City, NY)
Sally Widgery Finch (Beaverton, OR)
Sandra Honda (Eugene, Oregon)
Tammy Jo Wilson (Oregon City, OR)
Evan Kassof (Philadelphia, PA)
M.D. Schaffer (New York City, NY)
Joe Wilkins (McMinnville, OR)
Nancy Matsumoto (New York City, NY)
Julian Saporiti and Emilia Halvorsen (Portland, OR)
Kaci Rae Christopher (Sisters, OR)
Kai Takada Misner (Detroit, MI)
Madelaine Corbin (Detroit, MI)
Milo Vella (Ithaca, NY)
Sarah Red-Laird (Ashland, OR)
Slinko (Mapplewood, NJ)

2022 Alumni

Kellie G. Hoyt (Minneapolis, MN)
David Paul Bayles (Philomath, OR)
Brenda Gratton (Madison, WI)
Rochelle Rose Schueler (Bend, OR)
Line Bergene (Norway)
Lynn Adamo (Bend, OR)
Ayla Gizlice (Raleigh, NC)
Alyssa Eckert (Goldendale, WA)
Adam Bateman (Ephraim, UT)
Hilary Pfeifer (Portland, OR)
Andrew Myers (Corvallis, OR)
Sarah Smiley (Los Angeles, CA)
Crystal Schenk (Portland, OR)
Michael Boonstra (Corvallis, OR)
Marie Thibeault (Long Beach, CA)
Lucy Maude Ellis (St. Louis, MO)
Lee Emma Running (Omaha, NE)
Selena Jones (Portland, OR)
Liza Birnbaum (Seattle, WA)
Sandra Honda (Eugene, OR)
Bradley Kik (Bellaire, MI)
Austen Camille Weymueller (Alvin, TX)
Julia Edith Rigby (California)
Peter Mackay Bradley (Juneau, AK)
Sneha Ganguly (New York, NY)
Nancy Helmsworth (Portland, OR)

2021 Alumni

Elissa Levy (New York, NY)
Poppy Dully (Portland, OR)
Christopher St. John (Eugene, OR)
Joesph Kowalcyzk (Oakland, CA)
Patricia Giraud (Portland, OR)
Shelby Davis (Portland, OR)
Alex Hirsch (Portland, OR)
Hirona Matsuda (Charleston, SC)
Kelda Martensen (Seattle, WA)
Leah Wilson (Eugene, OR)
Roger Peet (Portland, OR)
Erika Bolstad (Portland, OR)
Christina Rusnak (Portland, OR)
Jean Rohe (Brooklyn, NY)
Roberta Lavadour (Pendleton, OR)
Renee Couture (southern Oregon)

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 (Bend, OR)
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)

2018 Alumni

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