Come to In Cahoots Residency for our pastoral location, light-filled studios, and collaborative spirit, and find a renewed passion for your work.
In Cahoots Residency provides housing and studio space to both emerging and professional artists in a variety of mediums, with a focus on artists books, letterpress, printmaking, writing, and collaboration. The residency hosts from three to five artists at a time in 1-week, 2-week or 4-week sessions. Residents are provided private individual guest houses (with kitchens and full bathrooms) and 24-hour access to the spacious shared studios or the individual writing studio. Residents do their own cooking. For those without a car, rides to the grocery store/supply store and weekly group field trips (to places such as Sonoma or the Pacific coast) are provided free of charge.
Artists are expected to pursue creative projects or research while at In Cahoots. For those who desire technical instruction or creative mentorship, there is a variety of possible demonstrations and mentorship levels available for an additional fee. See Options. There is a work-share on Friday evening of every 1-week session: a chance for dialog with an invited guest artist, ICR staff, and fellow residents. For the 2-week and 4-week sessions, there is an afternoon reception/exhibition on the last Saturday that is open to the public. Artists are required to donate one piece of artwork for the In Cahoots Residency Archive, to be displayed in rotation on the collective wall. This piece need not be a major work, but should represent you and your time at In Cahoots.
The spacious printmaking and book arts studios are in a renovated barn, with modern conveniences and historic charm. There is wi-fi in the housing and the studio and good cell service throughout the property. The letterpress studio, located in the former horse barn, is fully equipped with a Vandercook Universal I, a Vandercook Universal III automated press, and a large collection of lead and wood type of a variety of sizes. The printmaking studio, with northern light and exposed beams overhead, houses a Takach 40 x 72 etching press, large paper soaking tray, utility sink, drying rack, and work tables. The separate book bindery includes large work tables, Jacques board shear, drymount press and nipping press. Basic supplies such as solvents, rags, brayers, and newsprint are provided. Artists should bring their own plates and paper, and can opt to bring their own inks or pay a small fee to use the studio inks.
Equipment we have on site
- Vandercook Universal 1 letterpress (15 x 21 press bed)
- Vandercook Universal 3 letterpress, automated, adjustable bed (18 x 24 press bed)
- Takach 4072 etching press (40 x 72 press bed)
- Conrad etching press (36 x 54 press bed)
- Jacques board shear, 42 inch blade
- Challenge guillotine cutter, 26 inch blade
- Kutrimmer, 23 inch blade
- 30 drawers of wood type, various sizes
- 150 drawers of lead type
- Magnetic bases for polymer plates
- Pressure print blocks up to 18 x 24
- Furniture, composing sticks, galley trays, leading, spacing, pica rulers, etc. for letterpress
- Drymount press 18 x 23, and tacking iron
- Nipping press 12 x 16
- Brayers- selection of 2 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch, 12 inch, 13.5 inch
- Ferric chloride in horizontal tray
- Airbrush aquatint with non-toxic Zea Mays solution
- Steel hotplate with electric burners underneath
- Hand tools, cutting matts, newsprint, rags, non-toxic solvents
- Tear bar
HousingThe 3 guest cottages are each one-bedroom with one or two beds. Each house can accommodate one artist or two friends who sign up together. The accommodations are charming and private with towels and linens provided for your stay. A washer/dryer is on the premises.
Each cottage has a small kitchen stocked with basic cooking equipment, silverware, dishes and glasses, as well as basic spices. Residents do their own cooking. Weekly rides to the grocery store are available to those without access to a car.
Each of the guest cottages has its own personality as described below.
|1 Week||2 Weeks||4 Weeks|
|Independent Artist||$700/$595 students||$1250/$1065 students||$2200/$1870 students|
|Mentorship||$1000/$850 students||$1550/$1315 students||$2500/$2125 students|
|Private Instruction||$1150/$975 students||$1700/$1445 students||$2650/$2250 students|
|Sleeping Cottage (May-October)*||$525||$935
* May-October, accomodations in the sleeping cottages are 25% off the regular residency prices.
The sleeping cottage is our form of glamping, a private cottage with a short walk to a shared restroom.
The housing discount for the sleeping cottages applies to accommodations only.
Mentorship and Instruction hours are offered a la cart at the standard rates
of $60 or $90 an hour respectively, and are not included in the discount.
Residency and Mentorship OptionsIndependent Artist- this type of residency allows for individual (or collaborative) work time with the support of In Cahoots staff for brief questions or equipment demos.
Mentorship - this residency includes individual (or collaborative) work time, plus 5 hours of mentorship/conceptual discussions with the residency director, Macy.
Private Instruction- this residency includes individual (or collaborative ) work time, plus 5 hours of focused instruction with the residency director, Macy, or an instructor experienced in the technique of your choice.
A la Carte- Mentorship hours may be purchased for 60/hour, or Private instruction may be purchased for 90/hour.