Monday, September 20, 2010

Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Artists Residency

Address: PO Box 158, 15400 Montalvo Road
Zipcode: 95071
City: Saratoga, CA
Country: United States
Telephone: +1-408-777-2112
Fax: +1-408-777-5850
Email: gknox(at), RSahakian(at)
Name: Gordon Knox
Montalvo’s artist residency program, the third oldest in the US and the oldest on the West Coast, was established in 1939 as a result Senator James Duval Phelan's bequest of his estate (an Italian-style villa and 175 acres) for the development of art, music, literature and architecture. The program closed down in 1998 for six years during which time new facilities were built and a new program structured.

Short description of programme

The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs opened in the fall of 2004 within the larger Montalvo Arts Center. Built on the site of an old orchard, the complex was designed by six teams of artist and architect who together created ten discipline-specific live-and-work studios and one Commons building. The Lucas Artists Programs foster temporary communities of highly motivated, talented, committed, creative and critical minds from a range of disciplines and from different parts of the globe. Artists and thinkers are invited to work and reside in the Programs’ residency complex for a period of three months, during which time they work on a project, develop ideas, engage in creative thought and discussion with each other and in critical reflection on the world around us, develop collaborations, and otherwise advance their art and scholarship in myriad ways. Collaboration and network development form key emphases of the Programs, whether in the form of fellows working with each other, with Silicon Valley industry, with Montalvo’s other departments, or through ties with Bay Area, national, and international arts, cultural, and academic institutions. The Lucas Artists Programs additionally sponsors conferences, colloquia, and other gatherings and special events, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Discipline(s) and media

  • Visual arts
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing arts
  • Textile art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational programmes
  • New Media

Duration of residencies

3 months


Fellowship covers round trip transportation, lodging, dinners 5 nights a week, use of state of the art technical equipment, and administrative support. In addition fellows have access to program vehicles.

Allowance granted to artists

No stipend included in fellowship.

Expenses paid by artists

Meals outside of dinners 5 nights a week, gas for program vehicles, and pocket money.

Applications: who/how

See selection process

Selection procedure

The Lucas Artists Programs uses a recommendation/invitational approach to identify candidates for our residency program. Each year, we seek out the advice of a rotating group of respected visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other arts professionals from around the world, asking them to identify extraordinary yet under-recognized artists in their communities. The process we have put into place ensures the participation in our program of an international group of highly qualified artists who might not normally find their way to residency programs even though they have the potential to become major voices in the next generation of artists and thinkers.

Presentation of artists' work

Depending on the project, opportunities exist for exhibitions and presentations at Montalvo as well as in Bay Area, national, and international venues.

Number of studios

10 live/work studios and one Commons building.

Type and size of studios

Studios average 800+ SqFt. There are five for visual artists, three for writers and two for composers/musicians.


All studios include galley kitchen, queen size bed, sleeper sofa, and private bathroom.

Category of comfort


Special workshops

In addition to the core residency program, Lucas Artists Programs sponsors conferences, colloquia, exhibits, performances, and other special events and gatherings locally, nationally, and internationally.

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