ARTIST RETREAT

Everwood Farmstead Foundation's Artist Retreat is designed for the professional artist who needs a nurturing space in a natural setting to advance a creative project in solitude.

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Artist Retreat season. Submissions must be received by January 31st.

THE EVERWOOD ARTIST RETREAT

Everwood Farmstead is a refurbished former dairy farm located in the rolling driftless region of Western Wisconsin.

We are approximately 70 minutes from Minneapolis, MN to the west and 60 minutes from Eau Claire, WI to the east. In 2021, the retreat is available from June 6 to October 9.

 

Our first priority is the safety of everyone who lives and visits Everwood. In 2020, COVID protocols were established and will continue to be followed in 2021. (They are outlined in the submission materials.) In previous years, a collaborator who is necessary to advance a project could join the retreater if detailed in the original application. In 2021, our preference will be for solo retreats. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

 

While those on retreat will have little interruption, there will be opportunities to connect with others, as desired. Full time caretakers live across the property to assist with check-in and checkout, and when a need arises. The founders, Bill Underwood & Chris Everett will be on site nearly every weekend in a separate house and, like the caretakers, are delighted to engage as much or as little as the artist would like. The Foundation hosts Artist Series events and Artist Workshops approximately two-to-three Saturdays a month. There are bound to be occasions when an event will overlap with an artist’s stay. These could potentially affect the artist’s ability to use the barn for a 24-hour period. Once again, thank you in advance for your understanding.

HOSPITALITY

Hospitality is one of the Foundation’s core values. Everwood has worked hard to create an environment that is comfortable, easy, and inspiring. The Retreat space is a two-bedroom (one queen, one twin), one bathroom apartment located in the heart of the property. The apartment is thoughtfully decorated and filled with artwork, books and music left by other artists who have visited the farm. The apartment includes an uncatered, fully equipped kitchen, living room, wifi, printer, and a washer/dryer.

 

The 100-year old, 2,800 square foot barn may also be available as a workspace for certain projects. A grand piano lives in the barn all summer.

 

The 57-acre property has many trails to access the prairie, pastures, woods, beehives, and pet cemetery. The property is easy to wander and offers peace, quiet, and the beauty of natural woods, pasture and restored prairie grassland.

For pictures of the retreat space and the property, check out the page Retreat Spaces. To see images from artists who have been on retreat, check out the page Artist Experiences.

What 2020 retreaters said:

“My last walk up to the oak, I kicked up a pheasant and snuck up on a large buck! A fitting goodbye.”

– Kendra Bulgrin [Painter]

 

“Everwood is a pause, a listening, a re-evaluation, a confirmation, a moving forward. You come here to find what you already knew."

– Jess Arnold [Musician]

 

“Apples fall when they are ready. Apparently, I've never seen or heard an apple fall from a tree. It's louder than you might think. It's a “thud” that has made me turn around more than once here. Something about that natural action is profound. At a time of an unprecedented pandemic, civil unrest and systemic change, life goes on and this apple reminded me of that. Fall when you are ready, don't wait for a more perfect time because this is the right time.”

– Megan Mayer [Choreographer]

 

“In the most unsteady time of my life, you gave me the place to reorient my entire self. This new play now has Everwood's fingerprints all over it - how lovely!”

– James Kennedy [Theater Artist]

 

“The wind moves
the living prairie
and I am reminded
my soul has a sail.”

– Jeremiah Gamble [Playwright & Composer]

 

“exist as you are as art as energy as animal
free from bindings 
nothing as it is supposed to be
predetermined by human decision.
basically

who gives a f*** because
at the end of it all
we are all part of winding webs
free FREE but/and
always
part of all of it.
be exactly where you are. this THIS
is where what you are supposed to be”

– Raki Kopernik & Miriam McNamara [Writers/Poets]

 

“Tears are medicine. Every day I was crying about something or someone. Rub those tears into your pores so you can look young.”

– Saymoukda Vongsay [Writer]

 

“This place is a well—sourced by a deep spring of connectedness, aliveness and beauty. You can simply be here. Create here. Find flow here. As an artist, this is what you need and long for.” 

– Kate Sutton-Johnson [Set/Exhibit Designer]

 

“Looking out over the landscape at the earth, the sky and the birds was a constant sign that all will be well, that this moment is not one of fear but one of hope.”

– Peter Rothstein [Director]

 

“This year is uniquely challenging for everyone—the gift you’ve given me as an artist to just be during this week is a complete perspective shift. I found ideas in the barn each day as I worked on my music. It was like all of the “busyness” fell away and inspiration decided to tap me on the shoulder.”

– Chris Thomson [Composer/Musician]

 

Sonnet #1

I think you four know this but just in case

(And lest, like me, you suffer perennial doubts)

You’ve fashioned here the most amazing space

Where folks like me can shelter from the shouts

And tweets and dings, and listen deep instead

To softer, subtler, workings of the mind

Or heart, or soul, or body; to be led

By what’s inside and leave all else behind.

This is a gift unheard of in this age

When everything has metrics: likes per post,

Per se; Dollars per annum; words per page;

These take us from what truly matters most.

To let what’s inside out; and to apply

The lessons of the trees, a barn, the sky.

– Andy White [Actor/Director/Writer]

 

“What a treat to be hosted at a place of such comfort, beauty and tranquility! I found my time here to be particularly lucid and clarifying.”

– Ben Olsen [Architect/Set Designer]

 

“Gratitude and amazement—these are the things I hold on this final eve at Everwood. Your hospitality and generosity is a sight to behold and a privilege to receive. I have learned from this place and am healed.”

– Siri Undlin [Singer/Composer]

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply. Since each artist occupies the house by him/herself, only those individuals who are comfortable living and working in solitude are encouraged to apply. For artists seeking a communal residency experience, Everwood may not be the right place. Due to COVID-related concerns, Everwood will give preference for solo artists on retreat in 2021.

 

Final awards of the residencies are at the discretion of Everwood Farmstead Foundation. Residency awards are made by a panel of Everwood board members and professional peers, and are announced approximately 30 days after the application deadline. In some instances, artists may be invited directly to participate.

Other details:​

  • There is no charge to the artists for use of the retreat.

  • There is no requirement from the artists after the retreat to demonstrate progress or contribute to the Foundation.

  • Children and pets are not allowed.

  • Due to COVID-related concerns, guests will not be allowed in the Artist Retreat apartment in 2021.

  • All work tools should be provided by the artists.

  • Residents are responsible for their food and all travel expenses.

  • You can apply with a collaborator, however one must be the lead in the application.

  • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 8 am daily.

  • No smoking in any structure.

  • Since the Artist Retreat is based on a rotating jury process, being chosen as a resident one year does not automatically guarantee selection in another year.