Full – Scholarship and Partial – Scholarship Residencies:

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center provides a backdrop where artists and scientists can integrate and renew their work within the beauty and inspiration of a unique setting. The Nature Preserve and the Education Center has been structured to sustain into perpetuity the availability of a unique place to work and stay.

You, the artist or natural scientist, bring your projects, research and pioneering thought.  We provide the space. Our donors, through the Residency programs, afford you the time to meditate, reflect and create in a very special place.


Willowtail offers one-week to three-week funded residencies for those in the arts, ecology and natural sciences. Our aim is to offer time and space, against the backdrop of a natural oasis, for practitioners to reflect, be inspired and create. Each resident is required to deliver a community offering within one calendar year of their residency, whether this takes the form of a lecture, slideshow of work,exhibition, etc., is up to the resident.



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APPLY for a Residency

Applicant Qualifications
Full-Scholarship or Partial-Scholarship Residencies:

  • Must be an emerging, established or mid-career practitioner in the visual arts, performing arts, film/multi-media, literature, music, ecology or natural sciences.
  • Residencies are open to local, national and international applicants. All are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines
Full-Scholarship or Partial-Scholarship Residencies:

  • November 1, 2016 -February 15, 2017 for one-week or three-week Full-Scholarship Residencies or Partial-Scholarship Residencies.
  • Applications will be reviewed by March 15,2017.
  • Notifications will be sent by April 15,2017.
  • Submit applications and inquiries to:

For more information on eligibility criteria and selection process for Willowtail Residents, plus what the residency includes, please go to our Guidelines page.

Partial-Scholarship Residencies


We have received many qualified residency applications during the last four years, more than our current funding can award.  Our board has, therefore, approved the offering of partial scholarships for some qualified applicants.

  • These scholarships will be awarded for $1500. per one – week residency.
    The remaining $1500. is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • The applicant portion can be paid to by the applicant, a friend or family member, or an organization who wants to help the applicant.
  • 5.2% sales and lodging tax will be added to the $1500 paid by the applicant unless their amount comes from a tax granting agency or organization.
  • If the participant’s portion is awarded directly through a tax granting agency or foundation, that entity pays $1500 directly to Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center without sales and lodging tax.

December, January and February, 2017:
Willowtail is offering partial residencies for $800 per week.
$800. to be paid by the applicant [or sponsor]
$800. to be paid by

Please indicate on your application if you are only interested in the Full-Scholarship Residency.

Please indicate on your application if you are interested in either or both The Full-Scholarship or the Partial -Scholarship Residency.

Thank you. We hope to see you at Willowtail.

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DAC In-Residence @ Willowtail Applications

APPLY for a Residency Through Durango Art Center
Through our partnership with the Durango Arts Center, one-week residencies are provided for those creatives living and working in Southwest Colorado. Resident artists are expected to propose and deliver a community offering based on their experience at Willowtail within one calendar year of their residency, whether this takes the form of a lecture, slideshow of work, exhibition, etc., is up to the resident.


  • Must be an emerging, established or mid-career artists in the visual arts, performing arts, film/multi-media, literature, poetry or music.
  • Must be a resident of La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, San Juan or Dolores Counties.
  • Application Deadlines for 2016:
    June, 2016, Now Open
    Please check for details and to apply.
    For more information on what the residency includes and what the resident is responsible for please go over to our Guidelines page.

Questions about this residency opportunity can be directed to:
Cristie Scott, Executive Director of DAC at
Questions about Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center can be directed to:
Peggy Cloy, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Willowtail.Org at

Self-Funded Residencies

Vacation cabin rentals, Self-Funded Residencies, Retreats, Classes,Workshops and Seminars are not competitive or limited to an application process, specific number of days or single occupancy.
To make a reservation for any of these, click here, Make a Reservation

Self-Funded Residencies are booked through
See Make a Reservation above.
They are not funded by