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Apply to Monte Azul

Trails at Monte Azul nature preserve, Costa Rica

Residency

Nearly 100 artists each year come to Monte Azul Center for the Arts. The intimacy of the experience is intentional.

Simple Application Process

To apply for a Residency, just complete the online application (below) which we will acknowledge once received and respond to shortly. 

Scale

The Residency program is intended for individuals, with collaborating spouses and partners with prior approval.

Additionally, small groups with a maximum of eight artists may apply as a workshop studio experience by renting all four studios.

The facilities are for adults, children are not admitted.

Length of Residency that's Right for You

Four-week residencies have proven to be quite successful for artists who wish to focus on their work at Monte Azul. An artist, or small group of artists, is welcome to discuss their goals and determine what works best.

All residencies initiate on a Monday and end on a Saturday.

Artists applying for a residency are automatically entered into the pool of potential awardees, who will be selected by an anonymous jury composed of professionals in the field of fine arts. 

MACA Fellowship Award

Andrés Cañas Barahona Award

The Joe & Jackie Award

Donna Uchida Writer's Award

Gamblin Color, product sponsor

Four Week Option

A four-week (27 nights) residency allows many artists enough time to focus on their work while also making it practical to arrange around personal and professional responsibilities.

All residencies initiate on a Monday.

The fee is USD $4,900

Includes all meals, plus everything listed below

Three Week Option

A four-week (27 nights) residency allows many artists enough time to focus on their work while also immersing themselves in the natural environment Monte Azul offers.

All residencies initiate on a Monday.

The fee is USD $3,600

Includes all meals, plus everything listed below

Two Week Option

A two-week (13 nights) residency allows many artists enough time to focus on their work while also making it practical to arrange around personal and professional responsibilities.

All residencies initiate on a Monday.

The fee is USD $2400

Includes all meals, plus everything listed below

Printmaking Intensive
Ideal also for artists working in photography, painting, and other media

This one-week (6 nights) residency is designed for the artist with time constraints and who also seek an opportunity for an intensive program. Ideal for intimate groups. 

All residencies initiate on a Monday

The fee is USD $1,2000

Master Printer is available as an option for individuals and small groups

Included

Options

At Monte Azul, we strive to offer a custom experience for each artist. Artists may opt for a number of additional services. Please include any option you may be interested in on your application form and we will be happy to quote accordingly.

  • Because Monte Azul studios are design by artists for artists, the spaces are ideal for working and living. Many artists may also appreciate the option of separating their lodging from the studio, please contact us for details.

  • Private transportation. For an additional fee, we have a professional ground transportation service that will greet you at the airport and follow an itinerary according to your specifications. Drivers are bilingual (English and Spanish), licensed, experienced, and fully insured.

  • Additional itinerary. Monte Azul maintains an excellent list of contacts with professional local travel services to offer artists the option of exploring Costa Rica and Latin America.

  • Master Printmaker assistance. For additional information on the optional services for our Master Printmaker, please check the appropriate box in the application form.

  • Studio assistant. Monte Azul's local network in the arts offers the opportunity to locate and contract a specialized studio assistant.

Application and funding

Click the button below for application instructions.

Once your application is reviewed, we will be back in touch within 10 business days.

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