Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

Name of Residency: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Residency Program

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony offers residencies of up to 12 weeks year-round to artists, musicians, composers, poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the secluded hills overlooking the Temecula Valley wine country of Southern California.

The purpose of the Dorland Residency Program is to deepen the quality of the creative process, enabling its residents to explore their own creative resources without distraction.

Residents are provided with lodging in one of five private cottages, each of which has a kitchen, sleeping area, workspace, bath, and a covered porch that overlooks the mountains. Two cottages have baby-grand pianos (one a Steinway & one a Kimball.)

Residents have the use of our Community Arts Studio building which has a gallery, studio space, and library. An outdoor Art Pavilion is also available for use.

Dorland has its own hiking trails that meander through part of the 300 acres of natural preserve. Native plants and wildlife and beautiful views can be seen throughout the property.

Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Applications are processed on a rolling basis.

Residency Programme since: 1979
Description of Organisation: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony was founded in 1979 by concert pianist, Ellen Dorland and environmentalist, Barbara Horton. The property is part of the Dorland Preserve, a 300-acre wilderness area acquired by The Nature Conservancy. Dorland Mountain Arts Colony is a nonprofit organization.
Organisation founded in: 1979
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $325-$450/week
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: San Diego International Airport
    How to reach by plane: Fly into San Diego International Airport. Take a shuttle, Lyft, or Greyhound bus from the San Diego Airport to Temecula. We can pick you up there and bring you to Dorland.
    How to reach by car: Directions: Take 1-15 North from San Diego area, I-15 South from LA area.Exit I-15 at &ldquo79 SOUTH-Temecula Parkway&rdquo If coming from the North, turn left under the freeway and proceed onto Temecula Parkway. If coming from the South, turn right and proceed on Temecula Parkway.Stay on Temecula Parkway (you should be heading southeast) and drive approx. 7.3 miles through the suburbs. (if you are driving through Old Town-antiques and restaurants-you turned the wrong way.) The road narrows before you get to Anza Road (the last stoplight.) Continue a few miles.When you pass Pauba Road (left intersection) the road curves slightly and there is an emergency parking (blue) phone pullout on the right.As you come around that curve straight ahead on the right you will see a metal sculpture of a horse on the hill. The large white Dorland sign and driveway is in front of it. Turn right and come up the paved driveway to the top.
    Street & Number: PO Box 6
    Postal Code: 92593
    City: Temecula
    Country long: United-States
    PO Box 6
    Temecula 92593 CA United-States
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