Call Detail
Blue Sky Residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology 2020
Entry Deadline: 11/3/19
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 8, Maximum:Max. 15
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 8, Maximum:Max. 15
Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: International
State: Oregon

Blue Sky Gallery and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology are proud to announce their fourth year of partnership to provide a residency for an emerging or mid-career photographer in Spring 2020. The residency is by application and is available only to Blue Sky Gallery photographers who have been juried into the Drawers program or have been a gallery exhibitor.

The residency will take place on the Sitka Center campus in Otis, OR, in the period of February 26–March 31, 2020. Residency includes accommodation in a studio apartment, access to a private separate studio space, and a $250 stipend from the Kinsman Foundation. Please note that there is no darkroom facility at Sitka Center. Residents will also have access to wireless internet, the Center’s library, other artists and ecologists in residence, and to the stunning natural beauty of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area, including Cascade Head itself and the Salmon River Estuary.

If desired, we will showcase work created at the Residency on the Drawers Exhibition wall in the Blue Sky library in Spring/Summer 2020. The artist will also have the opportunity to present a short artist talk in Spring 2020 (mutually agreeable date TBD). Both the exhibition opportunity and talk are optional opportunities and are not required as part of the residency experience.

For more information about the Sitka Center, visit For more information on Blue Sky Gallery, visit

Eligibility: Photographers who self-identify as emerging or mid-career artists, and who have shown at Blue Sky Gallery (either juried into the Drawers or in a gallery exhibition).

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of staff from the Sitka Center and Blue Sky Gallery. 

 To apply, please submit:

1)    8-15 images representative of your work

2)    An artist statement describing your work and approach (4,000 characters max)

3)    An up-to-date resume or CV

4)    A one-page letter of interest addressing the following topics:

  1. How would this residency benefit you at this phase in your career?

  2. How does your artistic perspective, your work, or a specific project relate to the Sitka Center’s mission “to expand the relationships between art, nature, and humanity”?

  3. Applicants may identify a particular project (new or ongoing) on which they intend to focus during the residency period, but a pre-defined project is not required. The invited resident will be encouraged to spend their time in residence in whatever manner best suits them and supports their creative process and artistic career, with no specific expectations of product or outcomes.

    Applications are due Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10:59pm PST. Applicants will be notified of a decision in early December 2019.