The Artist Fellowship Program was begun in 1985 to recognize donors to the Djerassi Program for their commitment to support the creation of new work by living artists. There are three categories of Fellowships.
Endowed Fellowships are awarded in perpetuity each year through contributions of $200,000 or more made by generous donors to the Program’s permanent Programs Endowment.
Horizon Circle Donors support three artist’s residencies with a donation of $25,000.
Fellowship Founders fully support one artist’s residency with a donation of $10,000.
Fellowship Partners share the costs of a residency with the Djerassi Program 50/50 with a donation of $5,000.
Writers, visual artists, choreographers, composers and media artists arrive for their residencies and leave at the same time, conferring a sense of collegiality and shared artistic process that deepens the experience here. We curate residency sessions with sensitivity to generational, ethnic, career stage, discipline and gender balance. Since 1979, we have provided over 2,400 residencies for 2,400+ artists and scientists from 54 countries and all 50 states.
The isolation and beauty is unparalleled. Artists are free to wander 583 acres of wild coastal grasslands and redwood forest. There are no “requirements” other than sharing the evening meal, leaving us with an “artist page” (a visual expression of their time here) and post-residency evaluations. We provide residents with studio space, all food, accommodations and local transportation to and from the San Francisco airport. We are recognized as one of the foremost residency programs in the world.
Tearrance Chisholm (2016)
For the 2018 residency season, the Djerassi Program received over 900 applications and awarded 66 residencies. You may choose the artist or scientist you wish to underwrite. You will make your selections from among the most talented poets, playwrights, sculptors, painters, composers, filmmakers and choreographers in the world. Fellowship Partners and Fellowship Founders are listed in all of our print and electronic publications.
Zibuokle Martinaityte (2017)
Artists matter. The artistic process matters. It would be an honor to work with like-minded partners to invest in artists and provide more “artist-days,” every one of which makes the world a more vibrant place.
Please. Help us shape the world’s cultural landscape.
Red Hot Salt Tent, Annie Albagli (2016), photo by Minoosh Zomorodinia