White Leaves Artist Residency

Based on 4 reviews
Founded 2017
El Rito, United States
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4 alumni recommend this organization


The White Leaves Artist Residency Program annually awards 3-5 artists the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in the isolated, rural environment of the high desert landscape near El Rito, New Mexico. Open to artists working in all mediums who wish to develop or complete a project of their choosing, residency length ranges from 10-21 days during either a Fall or Spring session. Accommodations include a small private cabin with solar power and potable water, kitchen and shower access with additional outbuilding workspaces available based upon the needs of the artist. Following their stay at WLAR, residents are invited to participate in an annual group show and also receive an edition of archival pigment prints of work that was created during their stay (sponsored by Frontier Fine Art Printing).

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El Rito, New Mexico, USA

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Alumni Reviews

2018 Alumni - White Leaves Artist Residency

My time at the White Leaves Artist Residency was transformative. It was both a space where I could both produce work and reflect. I wouldn't hesitate to return and would recommend the residency to anyone who is self motivated and looking for an opportunity to get outside their normal day-to-day.

2018 Alumni - AIR program

White Leaves is super great! It was easy to focus there and I was able to get a lot of work done while in residence. The people who run the residency are equally as great and go out of their way to support you and your practice. I highly recommend applying and I predict it will get even better with time as they grow as an organization!

2018 Alumni - Residency

Beautiful location out in the pinyon-juniper woodland desert of El Rito. Totally hand-built and designed campus of small buildings, cabins, quonset hut, and pathways, all made by renaissance man, artist, desert philosopher poet Andrew Furse. Isolated, rugged, former commune. Cicadas and coyotes. The residency is lovingly organized by Andrew and two other artists Justin Clifford Rhody and Abigail Smith, couldn't ask for a more welcoming, more dedicated group. I took photos, made field recordings, read a bunch of books and listened to a bunch of tapes from their small but thoughtful library, did some artwork, planned some projects, did a performance. Great country music station in the area. The very special desert dog Buddy is the roaming mascot. Amazing place.

2019 Alumni - White Leaves Artist Residency

I had a really great experience with White Leaves. It felt good to be in nature in beautiful surroundings and focus on creating. The people running the residency are kind, accommodating, and supportive. I would highly recommend applying!