Interested in becoming a resident?

We offer 1, 2, and 3 month Artist Residencies at our center on San Juan Island, between the months of May and September. We offer two types of residence: Teaching Residencies, and Resident Memberships. Artists in Residence stay in rustic accommodations on our beautiful 8 acre forest property.

Our artists in residences, along with our interns, are the public face of the studio and contribute to Alchemy’s magic. They support studio members with their projects, and keep the community spaces inviting.

Accommodations include a large shared kitchen and bathhouse (shared with 6-10). Alchemy hosts a permanent community of 8 people, and the property includes a pond, garden, chickens, cats and a dog.

In addition to the Art Studio, Alchemy features a geodesic dome building available for yoga, meditation, etc.

Artists in Residence share the art facilities with Interns and Studio Members.

Teaching Residencies: Professional artists and art teachers who are interested in teaching are invited to our program free of charge, if they are willing to teach 10 hours per month during their residence. This time is flexible, and based on the strengths of the artist and the needs of Alchemy. This opportunity is extremely competitive.

Resident Memberships: 3 Month Minimum, year-round as available. This is a program for artists who want to develop their skills, or don’t have enough experience to teach. These artists pay 350.00 per month, plus 4 hours per week of volunteer time, for both housing and studio membership.

Internships: We also offer an internship program, which is a work trade opportunity. Interns help Alchemy in a variety of ways, and trade housing and membership for 15 hours per week of work for the center. To learn more about Internship opportunities, Please see our Internship Page for more information, and to apply.

Apply for the 2020 season!

Applications will be accepted between November 15th and January 15th for our 2020 Residencies. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31.

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Send us a bit more info to finish up…

Thank you for your interest in Alchemy! To complete your application, please send 2-4 photos of your work, a CV, and your current artist statement to If you are applying to teach, please also send the contact of 2 professional references, from people who can vouch for your abilities as a teacher or facilitator. We accept a well-rounded series of residents each season- we will be in touch if it seems like a good match.

We look forward to hearing from you!