Jentel Artist Residency Application Guidelines

Application Open/Close  All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and character statement contacts must be completed online through Submittable: 

Winter/Spring Sessions (with notification by November 15th)
For month long residencies taking place January 15th – May 13th
Open February 1st
Close September 15th at midnight (MST)

Summer/Fall Sessions (with notification by March 15th)
For month long residencies taking place May 15th – December 13th
Open October 1st
Close January 15th at midnight (MST)

ELIGIBILITY Residencies are intended as professional development opportunities for visual artists in all media and writers in creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Proposals for self-directed, creative residencies must be compatible with available working studio spaces, facilities, and resources. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. Mature as well as emerging artists  are encouraged to apply. Individuals enrolled in a degree program at the time of application are ineligible for residency. Artists and writers over 25 residing in the United States and US citizens abroad are eligible. Four visual artist and two writer residencies are awarded each session. 

DURATION OF RESIDENCY All residencies start the 15th of each month and end the 13th of the next month. No exceptions, please.

CHARACTER STATEMENTS: Applicants are responsible for including contact information for three character statements from individuals who know them on a day to day personal experience, familiar  with their creative work habits and ability to engage in a small  community of artists.  Your character statement individual will receive an email with a link to submit a character statement on your behalf. Character statements are due 7 days from deadline date. (We do not accept statements from Inter-Folio)

AWARDS A rotating panel of experts and professionals in the arts and humanities independently review applications and supporting materials. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of Jentel. In some instances, artists and writers are invited to participate without submitting an application.

COUPLES Couples who are artists or writers may apply individually with the understanding that one partner may be accepted and the other may not. Each artist or writer accepted for a residency will be offered a separate studio or work space. Jentel is unable to invite spouses or partners to accompany artists in residence under any other circumstances.

COLLABORATORS Collaborators may be accepted for a residency, however, both need to submit separate applications along with a joint proposal. Please indicate in the proposal the requirements for work space.

REAPPLICATION After five years have lapsed, previous residents may reapply for a residency by submitting a new application with new work and new character statement contacts. Artists who have applied previously may reapply by submitting a new application and new work. 

LOCATION The Jentel Artist Residency Program is located on a 1000 acre plus working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan (Population 17,844). Set in the rolling sage hills along Piney Creek, numerous buildings cluster one of the original ranch houses which serves as a reception center.  Spectacular views of the Big Horn Mountains are set against an ever changing backdrop of light and sky. 

FACILITIES Residencies provide time, space and facilities for research, experimentation and production for work and ideas in the visual and literary arts. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity. They may choose to maintain their privacy or to engage with other residents and activities at Jentel. Each resident is offered separate living accommodations and work-space. Large well lighted studios are equipped with running water and adequate light for late work. Writers need to bring their own writing materials and laptops. Areas inside and outside are reserved for residents. Common spaces include a library, recreation area, and a great room. A large kitchen adjacent to the living area may be used for food and meal preparation. A monthly stipend is provided to help defray personal expenses.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT  A monthly stipend of $400 is awarded to residents. The stipend is distributed in four separate installments at the end of each week in residence. Residents are responsible for their own personal living expenses, food and beverage, supplies, telephone charges and any expenses related to the production of work during the residency. Travel and shipping expenses to and from the Jentel Artist Residency Program are also the responsibility of the resident.

DEPOSIT A $100 deposit is due within two weeks of notification. Receipt of deposit confirms the residency. The deposit is returned upon arrival at the residency program. If an artist or writer cancels a residency reservation less than three months prior to the beginning of the residency, the deposit is not refunded. There are no fees charged for the residency.

CHILDREN Accommodations for children and family members are not provided.

PETS Pets are not allowed at Jentel.

VISITORS Accommodations for visitors are available in Sheridan, 20 miles northwest of Jentel.

SMOKING  Jentel is a smoke-free  environment.

PRIVACY All application materials and work samples are confidential and retained for use of the Jentel Artist Residency Program only.

COMMUNITY Although no services are expected of residents during their stay, interaction within the community is welcomed and graciously supported.

Please see Application/FAQs on website:

Please prepare the following work samples:

  • Representative of genre planned for residency.
  • Best writing completed in past two years.
  • Include the title of the manuscript and date of completion on a cover sheet.
  • EXCLUDE NAME on the cover sheet, all manuscript pages, and File Name.
  • Double-spaced, numbered manuscript pages in 10 to 12pt type.
  • Maximum of 20 pages for fiction and creative nonfiction sample.
  • Maximum of 10 pages of poetry sample.
  • The work sample is a Mac/PC compatible file.

You may begin your application, leave and return as many times as necessary to complete the form PRIOR to clicking the submit button at the bottom of the completed form. 

Important: do not submit your application form until you are completely finished editing as your application will be finalized at that time.

 Please prepare the following work samples: 

New media and new genre artists (filmmakers, video artists, installation, and multimedia artists) may submit one of the following to represent their work: 

  • Video Work Sample: Up to 5 minutes of time-based work. 
  • Image Work Samples: 10-20 digital images 

Samples must be work that was completed in the past two years.

Description of fewer than 50 words contextualizing the work.

No PowerPoint

Maximum of 2MB for each file.

Required image data: title of piece, media, dimensions, and date completed. (no website information) 


Exclude your personal website information on work samples, 

The work samples must be Mac/PC compatible.

Time-based work? See FAQs Ready to Apply

You may begin your application, leave and return as many times as necessary to complete the form PRIOR to clicking the submit button at the bottom of the completed form. Important: do not submit your application form until you are completely finished editing as your application will be finalized at that time.
Please see the Application/FAQs on the website: 

Jentel Artist Residency