Ends on February 9, 2018

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Artists are invited to apply for a 2018 weeklong residency at Willowtail Springs! DAC will subsidize 3 residencies this year.

APPLICATION OPENS: January 11, 2018
DEADLINE: February 9, 2018
COMMITTEE MEETS: February 15, 2018
ARTISTS NOTIFIED: by February 22, 2018


Working in partnership with Willowtail Springs, DAC In-Residence supports artists living and creating in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. Colorado counties eligible: La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan.  New Mexico counties eligible: Rio Arriba and San Juan.  This program is made possible by generous individual donors and New Face Productions, a volunteer committee devoted to raising funds for contemporary adult programs at DAC.

Residency award includes studio and living space at Willowtail for seven nights.  This opportunity does not provide a food or materials stipend.

The Durango Arts Center seeks to engage regional artists and deepen artistic diversity within our surrounding communities.  In order to promote the field of artist communities, DAC provides opportunities for the public to engage with resident artists through a special offering of the artist’s design such as a lecture, slideshow, pop-up exhibit, reading or performance.

If not currently a member of DAC, each artist awarded a residency will be also be given a complimentary 1-year DAC membership, which includes several benefits (more information here)

In addition to a private cabin, this residency at Willowtail offers a 600 sq. ft working studio space full of natural light and visibility of the natural surroundings. The studio is nestled in the gardens adjacent to the lake house overlooking the lake and gardens.  Learn more about Willowtail's facilities and grounds here.

There is no fee to apply and this residency is open to artists of all levels.


Located 32 miles west of Durango just outside of Mancos, Colorado, Willowtail Springs is comprised of 60 acres, offering three fully renovated cabins, a barn, artist studio space, gallery and meeting space. The property is owned and operated by professional artist, Peggy Cloy, and her husband Lee.


Artists must be currently living and creating work in one of the five counties surrounding Durango, Colorado: La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores or San Juan, or northern New Mexico: Rio Arriba or San Juan.


  • Visual
  • Performing 
  • Music
  • Literary 
  • Film 
  • Mixed-Media

At this time, Willowtail is unable to accommodate ceramicists, large-scale sculpture, welding or woodworking.


  • Begin or finish a painting series.
  • Write a book of poetry. 
  • Create a photography project. 
  • Start, edit or complete a writing project.
  • Produce or edit a short film.
  • Refine or develop a body of visual art.


  • Lodging and kitchen facilities. 
  • A separate studio.
  • Breakfast staples and snacks.


  • Travel to and from Willowtail Springs 
  • Lunch and dinner

Willowtail Springs is smoke-free and does not allow pets or guests during your residency.


This residency includes funding for seven nights and eight days at Willowtail Springs. Upon selection, artists will coordinate with owner Peggy Cloy to confirm suitable dates that accommodate both Willowtail and the artist, to occur sometime in 2018.


All resident artists will be announced in DAC promotions, including website, social media outlets and newsletters. Resident artists are encouraged, but not required to deliver a community offering based on their experience within one calendar year of their residency, such as a lecture, slideshow of work, pop-up exhibition, reading or performance. Public offerings are not required to occur at the Durango Arts Center, and emphasis will be placed on creativity rather than complexity. DAC and Willowtail staff are available to help coordinate with artists and existing programming as appropriate.

At the culmination of an artist’s stay at Willowtail they will be asked to kindly leave behind a small representation of their work for the organization’s archives. This can be a painting, musical compilation of work, writing sample or other art piece related to the residency.


Application Questions can be directed to:  Cristie Scott, Executive Director at cristie@durangoarts.org

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