The residency is located on a 5-acre rural parcel in the Mojave Desert, not far from Joshua Tree National Park.

The goal of the residency is to provide artists with a High Desert base camp in which to generate ideas for new work relevant to the environment. This a a low-impact residency. Residents should be prepared to use the Leave No Trace Seven Principles as a guide for minimizing impact. A site-specific work area has been visited by  Mojave Desert Land Trust and was given the Desert Ecosystem Conscious Artwork (DECA) badge in 2017. Artists are  encouraged to visit the MDLT link and learn about their Reading the Landscape program prior to visiting. 

There is no white cube studio space at the residency. The residency is best suited for research, exploratory field work, small works, and AV pieces. Site-specific projects will be considered if they fall within the guidesline above. Some tools and materials will be available for use.

Residents sleeping accommodations include a lightweight 2-person tent, an intermediate-rated sleeping bag, pillows, and seasonal linens. A cot is available for sleeping directly under the stars. Benches, chairs, and a table or two are scattered throughout the compound. Residents will have access to the reading room, hot showers, and the facilities inside. Wi-Fi, electric, and water are accessible on the grounds. There is a fire pit to use responsibly. Meals include a light breakfast in the morning, and one vegetarian meal per day. 

FAQ and Important Considerations:
  • It is advised that residents are capable and comfortable in the outdoors, and be educated about conditions in the High Desert. There is a designated tent pad within the fenced perimeter. High winds are common in the area. In case of extreme weather, it may be advisable to move to the sheltered alcove or temporarily decamp and enjoy the reading library in the main house during these conditions. If you choose to test your stamina and the tent's ability to sustain strong winds, please bring your own tent. Rentals may also  be available from the local outfitter. 
  • Scorpions, black widows, and ants are often seen during the warmer months. Among the less-intimidating residents are lizards, bunnies and jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, roadrunners, humming birds, a great-horned owl, and ravens so large they sound like pterodactyls. Coyotes can be heard in the wee hours of the morning. 
  • The residency is car-dependent. 
  • The property contains creosote and non-native grasses that are highly flammable. There is no smoking on the grounds or in the tent. 
  •  Sound in the desert carries. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am. 
  • The residency can only accommodate one person at a time.
  • I live and work in the house on the property full-time, as does my dog, a Jack Russell Terrier mix. Residents who are uncomfortable around dogs might not enjoy this residency.
Exchange and outcome
I’m still defining this residency as it relates to my own practice as an artist. Residents will be asked to provide 4-5  digital images of work/notes/observations created while in residence. Depending on the number of residents per year, a small catalog will be produced annually. When completed, resident alumni will receive a copy of the catalog. 

Currently there is no fee, but donations are appreciated. If you'd like to sponsor an artist, you may make a donation of any amount.

Length of Residency
The residencies begins on Thursday and ends on Sundays until requested otherwise. Residencies up to a week may be arranged. Priority for longer stays are given to artists outside of Southern California, and by invitation or nomination. Other dates may be available.

2018 residency dates, session 1: 
March 19-22
April 12-15
April 26-29
May 10-13
May 24-27

June, July and August are by request and will be considered on a case by case basis. It can be extremely hot during the summer months and the program may be on hiatus. 
Questions?  Send me at note: mahworks [at] gmail [dot] com 

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