Artist Residency Program
Wheeler on the Bay Lodge offers the perfect setting for a supportive and distraction-free week, with a peaceful, private space dedicated to you and your project.
We offer discounted weekly rates for people who need a quiet place in which to give intensive focus to the artistic process. If you’re an artist struggling to find free time for your creative work, then a stay at an artist residency may be just what you need!
Artist residencies are open to writers, musicians, and visual artists. Accommodations are available for single artists, or groups who are dedicated to perfecting their art together. Your writing group is also welcome. There is space for collaborative work if desired.
Specific accommodation preferences – all areas are indoors. We have space for electronic music. Some of our spaces have great natural light. We require you to provide your own drop cloth for projects that involve paint or mediums that may stain furniture, carpets, and floors.
Wheeler on the Bay Lodge is on the northern Oregon coast, just 85 miles west of Portland. Wheeler is a charming little town, with a population of only 414 residents. The vibe is relaxed, and no one is in a hurry. It’s quiet, especially in the off-season. This area has spectacular bay and mountain views and is a great place to commune with nature.
November 1st through mid-February and generally runs from Sunday at 3:00 p.m. to Friday at 12:00 p.m.
Artists receive reduced weekly rates ranging from $250-$350/week, depending on your accommodation; some rooms offer sweeping bay views, decks, jetted tubs, etc.
If accepted, each resident (including each member of a collaborative team) is asked to submit a $150.00 deposit, which is not refundable. Artist Residencies are limited in availability we are unable to refund costs if there is a cancellation or early departure.
You don’t need to be an ‘established’ artist to enjoy our residency program – anyone wishing to improve their artistic skill is welcome!
There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted six weeks before your requested stay. Invitations are made to finalists and alternates one month before residencies begin.
- Applicants are asked to provide a bio, a photo, a description of their creative practice, a project proposal, and work samples.
- Applicants are assessed and admitted based on their demonstrated commitment to their work.
- Artist Groups: Must apply and be accepted individually, per person. If applying as a group, please have one person listed as the primary contact. As a collaborative team, you MUST include the following in your application for the project: a list of all members. Each member must each submit an individual application.
- We regret that pets are not allowed aside from registered service animals.
- Residents are responsible for their own food, meals, laundry, and other daily needs. Each room has an under-counter refrigerator, microwave, and basic utensils.
- Overnight guests and children are not allowed; the purpose of this program is to exercise your creativity without distraction.
- 10 individual rooms, and room for collaborative work
- Group meeting space
- Internet access: Free wireless internet provided throughout the property.
- Free use of kayaks
- Linens and bath towels are included with your room. Should you need additional towels, they are available on request. We do not provide daily housekeeping service.
Our expectation is that residents complete an exit interview, and leave the residence and studio spaces in the same condition as when they arrived (or better).
Safety and Security Precautions
Wheeler on the Bay does not carry insurance on residents’ personal property. We urge you to have your own coverage if you feel that you need it.
Residents are responsible for their own meals, laundry, and other daily needs.
When you arrive, you will be given an orientation booklet. It will contain a section that lists all the nearby places to shop and eat. Be advised, in a remote area, prices tend to be higher than in larger surrounding towns, and selection is limited; you may want to bring your groceries with you.
Should you find that the refrigerator and freezer in your living quarters are not adequate to store your perishable supplies, we should be able to accommodate extra food in the office or shop.
On the Oregon coast, extreme weather changes may occur within the same day. Layers of clothing are the best way to meet the challenges of the changing weather. Comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots are handy; sturdy, waterproof boots are a must during winter if you plan to do any hiking.
We request that you vacate your room no later than 11:00 a.m. on the day (Friday) that your residency ends. Your consideration of this schedule is appreciated.
After participating in our residency, we ask that you show recognition of the “Wheeler on the Bay Artist Residency Program” in the work created during your stay, and take a few moments to fill out an EXIT INTERVIEW. (link to exit interview page)
We’d love to have you!
If you have any questions about the accommodations, residencies or the application process listed above, please reach out to Martha at 503-368-5858
Gordon & Martha Taylor
PO Box 580
Wheeler, OR 97147