Bloedel Reserve – Accepting Residency Applications

The Creative Residency Program

The Creative Residency program provides artists and innovative thinkers with a three-week stay in a well-appointed home on the Bloedel grounds, with unlimited access to the Reserve’s 150 acres of sculpted gardens, forests, meadows, and wildlife habitats.

Established in 2015, the program has welcomed 32 Creative Residents from a wide variety of disciplines, giving them the time to nurture their passions and deepen the connection between creativity, nature, and humanity.

The mission of the Creative Residency program at Bloedel Reserve is to foster creative thinking that is inspired by nature and that explores the connection between humans and the environment. The program opportunity is described in more detail below. Watch this video to learn more.

Residency Amenities

As a Creative Resident, you will stay in a two-bedroom, two-bath home designed by noted Northwest architect Jim Cutler, tucked into the woods, tucked away from the trail used by regular Bloedel Reserve visitors.

Known as the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Education Center, the home is built over a stream and features beautiful finishes and furnishings. Residents have 24-7 access to the Bloedel grounds during their stay and the use of a Smart Car. (Proof of valid driver’s license required.)

Residency Requirements

  • Your project, artwork, or research must relate to nature in some specific way.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects that investigate the relationship between people and natural world.
  • Once selected, each Creative Resident must offer a public presentation, workshop, lecture, demonstration, viewing, or concert as part of their Residency.

Questions About the Creative Residency Program?

For more information about the program or the application process, please contact Creative Residency Manager Amy Weber at