The Ora Lerman Charitable Trust Web Site
Artists’ Residency Application Information
Any actively working visual artist, writer or composer may apply; however you must have at least two years of professional experience since graduation. Residencies are available between May and September at either the House or the Church.
- The House at Soaring Gardens
The House, has 5 bedrooms and two downstairs living rooms. It sits on twenty-three acres of land. Thirty feet from the house is a separate studio building with two 750-square-foot studios. Depending on the nature of their work, the house can accommodate up to three working artists. Since residents will be living closely together, we encourage people to apply as a group. A group may consist of any combination of artistic disciplines. Preference will be given to group applications and to applicants requesting residencies of 4 to 6 weeks. However, if scheduling permits, shorter residencies will be considered. When you apply as a group you may pursue individual projects, collaborative projects and/or both. (The judges will consider each applicant separately and reserve the right to select or reject individual members.)
- The Church
The Church, which dates from 1910, has been remodeled into comfortable living and working spaces. It sits on a small parcel of land next to a farm where they raise goats. Downstairs are the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. The upstairs is divided into two spaces: spaces: one 14 feet x 28 feet and the other 14 feet x 26 feet — both with high ceilings. Depending on what suits them, artists have used the spaces in different ways as sleeping and working quarters. The living arrangements work best for two artists who are comfortable sharing together. We encourage group applications. Residencies at the Church are from 2 to 6 weeks, however, preference will be given to applicants requesting residencies of 4 to 6 weeks.
You will need a car to get to both the house or the church, and you will need a car while you are in residence. There is no public transportation near-by. You will be expected to shop, cook and clean up for yourself. A gardener maintains the grounds.
As the purpose of a residency is to provide time for undisturbed work, no children, pets or overnight visitors are allowed.
Each summer’s applications are due on March 10 of that year.
Deadline extended to March 20.
On line application.
- fill in the form on the submittable site
- upload on the submittable site (in the following order, please)
- A list with the title of each work, the media used in the work, and its dimensions
- Examples of your work
- Visual artists may upload up to 10 items
- Each image must be labeled with your name, title, media, dimensions
- The files should be 72 dpi. Please make the long edge 600 pixels. When you upload your work, please make sure that the file name includes your last name. (Files that can be uploaded include: pdf,doc,docx,txt,jpg tif,gif,png,mp3,wav,aac,aif,flac,wma,mp4,avi,mov,mpg,flv, wmv.
- Writers may submit up to 15 pages of material. Please send them as a Word document
- Composers may upload up to three sound files; please also submit the score for one of them
- Musicians should upload 3 sound files
- A proposal of the project(s) you wish to undertake during your residency. No more than 500 words (in either Word format (.doc) or pdf format (.pdf). Each individual pursuing an independent project must submit a proposal.
- A curriculum vitae or resume in out line form — (one for each potential resident) in either Word format (.doc) or pdf format (.pdf).
- Two letters of recommendation, one professional and one personal.
To start the applications process, please click on the application button (https://soaringgardens.submittable.com/submit )
There is a different form for visual artists, for writers and for composers & musicians. Be sure to select the right form.
Be sure to use a password on the application form that you are comfortable sharing with your references
If you have any questions, contact us preferably via email:
Otherwise call (415) 310-6415 or write to the following address:
THE ORA LERMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
ARTISTS’ RESIDENCY AT SOARING GARDENS
c/o David Ostwald
160 Erica Way
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Our artist residency is listed with artdeadline.com
|LETTER FROM FORMER RESIDENTS
Thank you for the opportunity to have blissful weeks at Soaring Gardens.
We returned to a hellish city heat wave and mountains of mail, but rich
with memories of clear starry nights, green pastures, the scent of white
lilies at dusk, butterflies and the rare expanse of time unburdened with any need but to be responsive to the glorious day and its gifts.
My work opened to the nature around me. I did a very surreal photo project with dolls in the pond and amongst the flowers and nearly completed 3 paintings of dolls interacting with the local fauna, as well as voraciously reading and looking through many of the hundreds of exceptional art books Ora had. I especially devoured the mythology, folk art, fairy tales and Surrealists sections. I felt a strong connection to Ora's artistic subject matter. We were delighted to see some post cards of her work - the plaster pieces on the porch and the tapestry in the front downstairs bedroom are wonderful. She created a whole mythological world with toys and folk pieces.
Julian too was absorbed in the wonderful library. He was very happy to
have access to so many fine Asian art books as his own work generates from a
Zen like approach to the process of painting. He made a large series of
beautiful Sumi ink paintings and nearly finished 4 atmospheric oil paintings that are meditations on the seemingly infinite variety of greens in the
mountainous landscape. We deeply relaxed and regenerated. We toasted you and Ora on our last night.
She must have been an incredible spirit. She has left a beautiful legacy. The
place is magical. Thank you for making it all happen and for being!
Hope your summer so far has been sweet.
Rene Lynch & Julian Jackson