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Wide shot of interior studio space, artist Pace Taylor is working on an upright drawing, images of pastel works are around the room.

Pace Taylor in Centrum studio, photography by Atelier Pictures


The Emerging Artist Residency supports artists residing in the Northwest region who are at pivotal and early stages of their professional careers. Artists may be recent graduates, have a limited exhibition history, or come from a non-traditional path in the arts.

Artists must be residents of British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington, and have a demonstrated commitment to artistic practice. We recommend exploring our previous residents to see examples of the diverse practices and focuses of previous residents. Six finalists are selected by an independent panel of jurors.

Finalists receive a $1500 stipend, a month of private studio and lodging space, and access to studio visits by regional curators and artists.

wide shot of Russna Kaur working at a table, with large painting on the back wall

’20 Emerging Artist Resident Russna Kaur working in studio. Photography by Atelier Pictures

Artist Chase Keetley is seated and working over a table on a lino cut project.

’20 Emerging Artist Resident Chase Keetley. Photography by Atelier Pictures.


This residency is primarily focused on supporting regional emerging artists with time and space to self-direct projects. Residents are not required to produce or exhibit any particular body of work, and are encouraged to use the time to reflect, slow down, and dive deep into their practices. The residency encourages immersion in the landscape, history, and community of Fort Worden State Park, which hosts dozens of forest and beach trails. Fort Worden State Park is situated on the ancestral lands of the S’Klallam peoples, and Native people have lived on and stewarded these lands since time immemorial and continue to do so today. The park is also host to several partner organizations that have previously collaborated with Centrum residents; these include Rainshadow Recording Studio, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Northwind Art, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, the Coast Artillery Museum, and the Jefferson Historical Society.



Wide interior shot of white walled studio space. Artist Dawn Stetzel is seated on the floor and working on a floor piece, scraps and works in progress are scattered around the room.

’20 Emerging Artist resident Dawn Stetzel working in studio. Photography by Atelier Pictures.


In 2020, the residency adjusted for the pandemic and was able to offer each artist private lodgings and studios and shifted to support the residency with several virtual studio visits from curators and artist-selected guests. In place of our traditional open studios, we produced a series of podcast conversations among the artists.

Applications for the 2022 Emerging Artist Residency will open in February 2022.

Previous Emerging Artist Residents:

Mel Carter
Woodrow Hunt
Laura Medina
Ansar Azali Muhammad
Hayla Ragland
Angelic Goldsky

Gabi Dao
Russna Kaur
Chase Keetley
Dawn Stetzel
Pace Taylor
Vo Vo

manuel arturo abreu
Daniel Coka
Dori Hana Scherer
Asia Tail
Khadija Ann Tarver
garima thakur

Leon Finley
Jaleesa Johnston
Hongzhe “Benji” Liang
Francesca Lohmann
Marilyn Montufar
Cicelia Ross-Gotta

Aruni Dharmakirthi
Benjamin Gale-Schreck
Mario Lemafa
Anna Mlasowsky
Minh Nguyen
Melanie Stevens

Nolan Calisch
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith
Satpreet Kahlon
Antonia Pinter
Zorn Taylor
Storme Webber


Alex Boeschenstein
Thomas Gamble
Patricia Vazquez Gomez
Katy Knowlton
Quinton Maldonado
Rebecca Peel

Hannah Cwiek
Leif J. Lee
Dave Kennedy
Mariah Tate Klemens
Frankie Krupa-Vahdani
Morgan Ritter
Reilly Sinanan

This program is supported with grants from Sally Warren and Jeff Jackson, Lucy and Charlie Hanson and Caryl and Ron Gentry.