Centrum Artists-In-Residence program

Since 1974, the Centrum Artists-In-Residence program has welcomed hundreds of writers, artists and creative thinkers to immerse themselves in the historic charm and natural beauty of Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington. The campus has sweeping views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, miles of wandering beach and forest trails, and a peppering of World War I–era batteries and bunkers.

Creative professionals from all disciplines and backgrounds can take advantage of charming cabins, studio spaces, and a rich array of resources. Residents can expect semi-rustic experiences in comfortable cabins or apartments. Visual artists have their choice of a few studios of different sizes, including use of the printmaking studio at Corvidae Press for experienced printmakers. Our campus includes several organizations with whom a resident can arrange to connect such as: Rainshadow recording studio, Madrona MindBody Institute, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Copper Canyon Press, and Northwind Art.

Above all, artists cite their residency as a unique opportunity to focus on their practice outside of many of the pressures of work, school, or expectation-based constraints.

Applications for 2025 Season Open Now

Deadline: June 30, 2024



  • 1-4 week residencies available, some include: free housing, studio and stipend
  • NEW Residencies for 2024! In the Making, Curator & Arts Worker
  • Access 400+ acres of forest, beach and historic Fort Worden State Park
  • Program established in 1974

We’ve updated our application process and will be accepting applications for three of our residency programs (Emerging Artist, In the Making, and Self-Directed Residencies) via the same application portal between April 15-June 30, 2024. In your application, simply select the residencies you’d like to be considered for. 

Our residency program is aimed at providing artists, writers, and creatives in all disciplines permission to relax, to focus, and/or re-invent their practice as needed. We believe that residencies are a central part of any artistic practice and that magic happens when you take time to reflect and focus on what matters most. We also believe that community matters, and that being in residence alongside others expands networks, fosters collectivity and friendship, and helps our arts ecosystem thrive. We encourage all applicants to read all about what Centrum Residencies offer here

In this application stage, we will ask for: 

  • Work samples, along with a link directly to an existing online portfolio if you have one, so that our panel can understand your practice. Our panels look to curate a diversity of practices, work that is relevant to contemporary issues and work that expands thinking in its field. Residencies are open to practices that include but not limited to: visual arts, writing, curatorial, performance, dance, music, and social practices. 
  • Demographics to ensure that we are selecting from a diverse pool of applicants.  
  • The type of workspace/accommodations needed for your work
  • One short paragraph about what a residency would mean to you. 
  • Indicate which residency programs you want to be considered for. 

Submit by June 30th to be considered for the  2025 Emerging Artist Residency, In the Making Residencies, or Self-Directed Residencies.

Please note: Due to staff capacity, we absolutely cannot accept any applications past June 30, 2024 and thus we highly encourage you to complete and submit your application prior to the last minute should you encounter any issues with uploading your files, etc. Submittable does get crowded on the last day of applications; every year applicants submitting on the last day report problems uploading materials! Please submit early.

Our Review Process 

Applicants will be reviewed and selected by a panel of reviewers representing our alumni and a diversity of backgrounds and modalities. Our jurors are established, emergent, and mid-career artists. Due to the high volume of applications, and in consideration of the workload of our jurors, we are unable to offer feedback on applications.

In the interest of transparency and integrity, here are the estimated numbers for our 2025 residency season:  7 spots for Emerging Artists Residency, 3 spots for In The Making, and 60 spots for Self-Directed Residencies. We will have approximately 10 scholarships available, with hopes of raising funds for more.

Website link: https://centrum.org/program/artist-residencies/

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