Located in Lakeview, MT, the Taft-Nicholson Center Artist-in-Residence Program offers dedicated artists a supportive and transformational
environment to further their creative development. In a remote setting dedicated to
the historical integrity of the land and the preservation of natural habitat and wildlife,
artists can experience unencumbered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and development
of their work.
“As I reflect upon my two-week stay in the Valley, one word comes to mind—calm,” said
Victor Daniel, former artist-in-residence. “The isolation, wide open spaces, chirps
and calls of birds, coyotes cackling, and the whistling wind soothed and calmed my
soul and mind.”
Throughout their stay at the Taft-Nicholson Center, more than 24 artists have had
the opportunity to create a variety of artwork such as poems, books, films, musical
compositions, paintings, sculptures, photography projects and more.
“I spent my time in the Centennial Valley concentrating on land art – meaning creating
work solely from the 'natural' materials existing in the area,” said Alisha Anderson,
former artist-in-residence. “I came with no predetermined ideas of artwork but rather
allowed the land to collaborate in the process. I spent days walking in the beautifully
distinct landscape, amidst rain and sun, before creating. The exquisite setting, combined
with generous working space and a supportive community at the center, created the
most inspiring and productive weeks I've ever experienced as an artist.”
Applications for the program are now being accepted and artists from diverse multidisciplinary
fields are encouraged to apply. This includes visual artists, composers, writers,
dancers, photographers, film makers, playwrights and textile artists, among others.
Please click here to apply and learn more.