Residency Program


The museum's residency program is an opportunity for artists to create works that resonate with the museum's themes, exhibits, and collections. Artists will have access to the museum’s carefully curated archive of gnarled sticks, fungus, bones, rusty remains, and other delightful detritus.

The residency is open to all creative persons, whether they are established in the art world or not. Personal enthusiasm for creativity is valued more than professional accomplishment. All projects should connect to the museum in some visually apparent way. Works in non-traditional media are encouraged. Established artists may want to create more personal works that are not their usual practice.

Gallery show
Work produced will be presented at an annual gallery show September of 2023. The 1122 Gallery is an informal backyard gallery in southeast Portland which is suitable for site-specific installations or traditional gallery hanging. There are a number of outbuildings that can be used - a former chicken coop, a shed, and a carport have all been used to display projects.

To apply, contact the museum at and describe your idea(s). You may also request to be added to the residency mailing list (and/or the museum's general mailing list) for updates on the program.

- There are no application fees or stipends.
- All art produced belongs to the artist
- There is no expectation that work be for sale at the gallery show
- The museum requests right of first refusal if works are offered for sale.
- There is no fixed schedule for project duration other than having work completed in time for the gallery show installation.
- Projects may be done on site or off, or a combination of the two.
- Multiple people may work on a single project
Possible project ideas & themes
Natural object assemblage
Dioramas, terrariums
Living art with microbes, fungus, etc.
Decay and decomposition
Stop-motion animation

Further information
See here (2022) and here (2021) for detailed information on previous projects