Each year, artists from around the world are awarded the gift of time + space—a one-month residency on our 583-acre ranch in northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. Photo Credit: Chris Schmauch


The region is world-famous for technological innovation. We believe that art must also innovate, disrupt, inspire, challenge and change lives. The work undertaken here shapes the world’s culture. Photo Credit: Robert Buelteman


We enjoy a mythical renown among artists—many of whom talk about the Djerassi “magic.” Here, in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty, artists can just BE—to dream, dare, collaborate and create. Photo Credit: Eva Davidova

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There are no small dreams and no small dreamers here. In their studios, choreographers imagine dances, writers generate words, composers see notes and visual artists create images. Photo Credit: Jordan Reznick


Ideas are shared around the dinner table. Collaborations erupt organically. Work that couldn’t have existed any other way takes shape, catches fire, and becomes real. Photo Credit: Minoosh Zomorodinia

Djerassi Group Show

View our first Djerassi Group Show! We are proud to present artists that have a significant history with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

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Returning to the source, of one's inspiration, of one's own silence, of the land, these can nourish an artist's work for years.

Ayad Akhtar, New York, NY, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, 2015 Djerassi alumnus

Photo by Chris Schmauch

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Djerassi Impact

6distinct habitats at Djerassi.
6percent of applicants accepted in 2019.
11artists per session.
54countries Djerassi artists originate from.
583acres of Djerassi property.
1122total applicants in 2019.
2511artists in residence since 1979.
10000cost in US dollars of each residency.

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program believes in the gift of space and time.

All residencies are provided free of charge.

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