The Hambidge Center

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Founded 1934
Rabun Gap, United States
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The Hambidge Center was created in 1934 by Mary Hambidge, who established the artist enclave and sustainable farm in memory of her artist partner, Jay Hambidge (1867–1924). Mary was a weaver, and in the early days of Hambidge she employed local women to create exceptional fabric that would one day be featured in many exhibits, including the Smithsonian and MOMA. Later she broadened the scope of the Center by inviting artists for extended stays. After her death in 1973, the Center evolved into a formal and competitive residency program open to creative individuals from all walks of life. The Hambidge Center is dedicated to nurturing the creative spirit. We welcome creatives of all types: visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, chefs, scientists, arts administrators and more. Nine individuals are in residence at any given time – each has private accommodations and studio space, and shares communal dinners prepared by the Hambidge chef.

Local Information

Nestled on 600 pristine acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, the Hambidge Center is a natural sanctuary for reflection and creativity. The property includes 7 miles of hiking trails among an incredible biodiversity of meadows, streams, waterfalls, native plants and wildflowers, and a cove forest.

Network Affiliations

  • Alliance of Artist Communities

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Alumni Reviews

2021 Alumni - Writing - Hambidge

Hambidge is one of the best residencies I've ever attended. From the magical trails to the ceramic studios to the three desks, fireplace and patio in my private cabin in nature, the grounds were unmatched. This is true for the staff, too. They are the kindest, most aware, supportive individuals I've encountered at any residency as of yet. I would return here again, and again. So grateful for my time here.