Artist Residency

The 2021 Artist Residency at The Suttle Lodge

The Cabin 8 Artist Residency Program at The Suttle Lodge was created to provide an opportunity for artists and thinkers to commune with nature, the seasonal elements, and their work. We welcome artists and thinkers across all disciplines to apply including illustrators, writers, musicians, spoken word poets, dancers, PhD candidates, etcetera.

The Suttle Lodge offers a private space to retreat and inhabit a simple, wooden structure nestled in the eastern nook of Suttle Lake in the Deschutes National Forest. This is a place for you to work through that writer's block, paint en plein air, record one hand clapping in the woods, choreograph a dance with the lakeshore waves, create a new perfume scent, track wildlife, finish that libretto or whatever else your thing is.

Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply. The residency lasts approximately 2 weeks and culminates with a Sunday show-and-tell. Residencies span January 2022 through May 2022, with an application deadline of September 15th, 2021 11pm, and a selection announcement by October 15th, 2021.


Residency in the Woods

The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse will provide up to 14 nights of lodging, as well as a small stipend of $200 for food and beverage at our onsite restaurant. Our full service restaurant and bar is open year round at the Lodge.

Airfare and all other transportation are the responsibility of the resident. The Suttle Lodge can assist with coordinating transportation to/from the Redmond airport with advanced notice. Additional overnight guests are not allowed during the residency, but visitors wishing to stay at the Lodge during the residency may book at a VIP rate.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but will be your responsibility to house, feed, and take care of. Any damages to the property will be your responsibility.

The Suttle Lodge is located off Highway 20, 17 miles west of Sisters, Oregon. This is a remote location with limited cell and wifi service. Wifi service is only available inside the Lodge, not in any of the cabins. A land line will be made available in the Lodge during your stay. Our address is 13300 Hwy 20, Sisters, OR 97759.

Studio Space

The Suttle lodge & Boathouse was envisioned as a public space that naturally promotes conviviality and sharing - this means that there is no private studio space outside of your cabin. Any public space on the property is open and welcome to be used as a workspace so long as no guest is disturbed or displaced, and no alterations to the space or objects are made. The Suttle Lodge will not take any responsibility for any personal possessions of the artist.

Our beloved location in the national forest makes for a natural inclination to take full advantage of the woods and the lake shore. Rustic Cabin 8 (for individual artists) and the Deluxe Cabin (for ensembles) allow room for artists to practice their creativity and adaptability. The cabins make for unique acoustics for musicians and recording artists, a quiet place of solace for writing, drawing, and even pasta making etc. The spaces do not allow for large scale art or construction. No cabins are available for alterations to their structure. Please note that the artists will be responsible for any damages or alterations to the cabins or property and will be subject to damage fees.

Solo Room and Board

Participants in this program take over Rustic Cabin 8 for the entirety of their stay, for up to 14 nights. The cabin is a small, wooden, studio cabin with heat and electricity. Within, you will find one queen bed with basic linens, a narrow set of twin bunk beds, a small seating/work area with stand up height desk and chair, a mirror, electric water kettle, double induction-burner cooktop, small electric oven, small refrigerator, french press, water carafe with glassware, and a Traeger grill.

This cabin does not have running water (no bathroom, no sink), but a bathhouse with a private shower is very close by. While Rustic 8 is not ADA accessible, we have alternative accommodations on property if this is a consideration - reach out to us to learn more.

Ensemble Room and Board:

The Suttle Lodge offers 2 six-night sessions per season for collaborative ensembles. Ensembles must be at least 2 artists, but no more than 6. Artists will share 1 Deluxe Cabin, which has 1 private queen bedroom, 2 queens in a shared open loft and 2 twin daybeds in the living area. This cabin is equipped with a small kitchenette, a full bathroom, and a porch with a Traeger grill.

We do have a Deluxe Cabins that is ADA accessible - please let us know below in the application if this is something you require.

Artist's Giveback:

We would love to see any work that develops as a result of this unique period at the lake, and ask that images, stories, cassette tapes, paintings, theses, zines, illustrations, perfumes, etcetera be provided for use at the lodge and that The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse be credited in any completed work where appropriate.

At the end of your Cabin 8 Residency, we ask that you participate in a Suttle Lodge hosted “show and tell” with guests of the Lodge and the public. This meet and greet is a very casual, low stress event, presented to give the artist an opportunity to share their experience and art practice. This generally takes place in the late afternoon or early evening of your last Sunday at the lodge. Content does not need to have been produced during your stay.

We ask that all guest artists be open and available for conversation with Lodge guests about their work. Additionally, we ask that artists contribute actively to The Suttle Lodge’s Instagram “stories” for a short period during their stay, and that any other social media engagement during time of residency and beyond mention @suttlelodge with the geotag, “The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse”. Login details will be shared upon your arrival on site, and each takeover will be suited to your practice.

Sunday Show and Tell:

Whichever artistic discipline is practiced, the Sunday show-and-tell is a publicly advertised event and a platform for the artist to share their story with the public, Lodge guests and staff.

During the show, artists have the freedom to share past, present or future work; musings; ideas; stories, etc. While this residency does not require that project proposals be completed during the stay, as the Lodge’s “in-house artist”, guest residents are encouraged to engage with Lodge guests throughout their retreat and present work at the Sunday event.


Have more questions? Please email Alana any thoughts or concerns at: alana@thesuttlelodge.com