Montello Foundation is a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster
our understanding of nature, its fragility and our need to protect it.

The application deadline for the summer 2021
residency season was January 24th, 2021

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The artist retreat at the Montello Foundation is meant to be a retreat from the urban environment. It will provide a new perspective for residents’ work and give residents space and time for undisturbed experimentation and reflection for two weeks.

There is no fee for artists to stay at the retreat, but artists are responsible for their travel expenses and for their meals.

The residency season is always from the beginning of May until the beginning of November.

The notifications regarding the summer 2021 applications will go out at the end of February 2021.

• Selection of work:
The panel will look at your work with these guidelines:
- First, the quality of the work.
- Then, the relevance to the idea of the Montello Foundation: is it work which increases our understanding of nature, its fragility and our need to protect it?
- And also at the artist's commitment to get the word out. Is the artist working on shows in non-profit spaces? Does the artist organizes him- or herself events/happenings/exhibitions?

• Application Form:
please fill out the application form and save it with your last and first name
and _app as a pdf, for example: Smith_Jane_app.pdf
The 2021 season is from May 8th until November 6th.

Here you specify on the application sheet your preferred time and when you would be available.

• Fee:
please go to the donate page and transfer $15. Thank you!

• Artist statement:
please provide us with a 500 word maximum artist statement, saved with your last
and first name and _statement as a pdf, for example: Smith_Jane_statement.pdf

First, briefly describe your art practice. Then, if it is not obvious, tell the jury what they are looking at or listening to. We encourage the residents to explore and listen, but if you have a specific project in mind, please tell us about it.

• Bio:
please provide us with a one page bio or CV, saved with your last and first name
and _bio as a pdf, for example: Smith_Jane_bio.pdf

• Digital Images:
please send up to 8 digital images using the following specifications:
File name: labeled with your last and first name, for example:
Smith_Jane01.jpg, Smith_Jane02.jpg, Smith_Jane03.jpg
Dimensions: 2000 pixels x 2000 pixels (maximum)
Resolution: 72 dpi (low resolution)
File size: No larger than 2.0 MB (each image)
File format: .jpg

It is not ok to send in a pdf portfolio, the images have to be individual files.

• Video Work:
please provide a link in the Image Check List and indicate the lenght of the clip in the dimension part and whether it is an excerpt of a longer work.

For sections of longer videos, please give a brief summary of the entire video on your Statement page.

If your video contains music, the composer and performer(s) must be credited.

• Writers, Composers and Performing Artists:
due to the fact that we are running a fairly small program, we will have only one panel to judge the submissions and the members of the panel will be mainly visual artists and curators. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't apply. It just means that you will have to convince them with your art form. So instead of the images, writers please submit 2 shorter samples and 2 longer ones; performers please submit videos; composers please provide links to samples and list them on the Image Check List.

Writers of Non-fiction please consider applying for the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers. (Deadline always January 15th). The recipient will automatically be eligible for a residency at the Montello Foundation retreat.

• Check List:
please fill out the image check list and save it with your last and first name
and _list as a pdf, for example: Smith_Jane_list.pdf

• Send:
please email all the files to

you can certainly apply as collaborators, but keep in mind that the retreat provides only one bed with bedding. There is an air matress as well, but please bring your own bedding. Have a look at the floorplan on the Building page to understand the layout. Please fill then out one application form but provide a bio for each member or the bio for the collective and mark the collaborator(s) box. The images and statement should be just one

Family Members/Pets:
We won't be checking whether you bring family members or partners, but we strongly encourage you to have the retreat as a solitary experience.
If you do bring family, please be advised that the house and the desert environment might be hard on small children and the maximum number of occupants at any given time is 4.
And please bring your own blankets for your hairy friends.

Financial Support:
unfortunately we are not able to provide any financial support at this time,
however we would be happy to provide you with materials for your own fundraising.

I will never be able to explain how much Montello has carved me to my roots, and I seek to always find myself back here in this very state of mind. This place is less about what you’re planning to come here to do, and less about measuring your experience against your somewhat meaningless goals. If you think it is, you will miss out on everything that surrounds you. Take it all in, breathe it in, let the dust hit your face. Walk down the old road until you lose sight of the house and find yourself in a field of sagebrush near a river carved eons ago. Read. Read so much that you push past that constructed idea of the west, and the desert desolation that you’ve erected in your mind. Discover the life and death of this place, and how you are connected to all of it.” 

- Laura Marie Peterson, resident 2020


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