Strassel Farm Artist Residency
Strassel Farm Artist Residency is located in Tillamook country between the gorgeous Oregon Coast and the Portland metropolitan area. The property consists of 55 acres of privately preserved wilderness and 25 acres of active farmland. It is adjacent to Tillamook State Forest on the western slope of the Cascade mountains.
The main house and barn studio were built in 1905 by Swiss German midwife, Mary Strasel, who settled on the land in the 1880’s. It has been shared by a family of farmers, scientists, writers and artists for almost 150 years.
Strassel Farm Artist Residency Program is in its pilot season and is seeking artists who are interested in building community and infrastructure while exploring the land and developing their work. This is a great opportunity with lots of space for outdoor temporary sculpture, intentional workshops, architectural projects, ephemeral works and social sculpture.
The residency is co-founded by three artists: Robert Chambers, Mary Strasel’s 4th generation grandson; his wife, Mette Tommerup; and the director, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle who were all introduced by Emerson Dorsch, a prominent contemporary art gallery in Miami FL where they live and work most of the year. They are educators, organizers and caretakers joined with the common purpose to preserve the land and its history; use it for artistic, scientific or holistic purposes; and nurture a culture of resourcefulness and diversity.
The Barn Studio is approximately 1500 square feet and is shared amongst residents. Outdoor projects are encouraged and permanent structures will be considered.
The farmhouse is a two-story home with 4 bedrooms and one bathroom. Upstairs there are 2 full size beds in one room and one queen in the other. Located downstairs are two adjacent bedrooms. Both have queen size beds.
Downstairs are the communal areas: a living room with antique piano, couch and rocking chairs; a dining room which seats 6 with an additional highchair that has been used throughout the generations; a fully equipped kitchen with seating for two; a nook with a wood burning stove and tiny couch for cuddling up. Altogether the house can sleep 5-10. Camping is an option and encouraged.
The farm is a place with amazing potential for social engagement, yet it has plenty of room for private time alone, as well. The atmosphere is clear of both light and sound pollution, perfect for meditation, yoga and star gazing. September is often reserved for watching meteor showers. Excursions to the Pacific coast and local farms and wineries are convenient and the airport is only 30 minutes away. Having a car is helpful, but the host and director can help taxi.
The first season is all about discovery, networking and relationship building. Artists who are interested in collectivism, regional culture and history, science, and art are strongly encouraged to visit. The director will act as leader, conduit and host in hopes of forging the best plan forward for the farm and residency.
HOW TO APPLY
The application process is simple. Write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW. Applications that do not follow this format completely will not be considered.
1) Subject Heading: RESIDENCY 2019
2) Answer the following questions(Up to 350 words each) :
Start with a brief bio or introduction.
Why do you want to come to Strassel Farm?
Describe the work you plan to produce during your stay.
3) Provide the following at the bottom:
Full Name, Address, Phone Number
Links to Website/Social Media/Work Samples
4) Attach the following:
5 images NO MORE THAN 1MB EACH
5) Pay $20.00 Application Fee
Payment information and added details will be sent upon receipt of application.
Application Fees will not be charged to those applicants who have not met the basic requirements of the application.
Upon acceptance, an individual program fee will be determined based on length of stay (1-4weeks), choice of accommodations and level of participation in public events and programs. Residency fees range from $200.00-650.00. Partners, collaborators and children are welcome at a reduced rate per person.
Materials are reviewed by three founding artists and an independent curator. Potential candidates will undergo an interview process and selections will be made based on consensus. Applicants may be asked to provide more information.