The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico : Artist Residency


The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (HWF) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational and charitable organization committed to supporting the arts. Founded in 1954, the HWF manages one of the oldest artist residency programs in the U.S.

Operating exclusively for benevolent, charitable, and educational purposes, the HWF provides residency grants to visual artists, literary artists and music composers.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees, providing artists with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. With three residency sessions annually, the foundation provides residency grants to 33 artists per year in the eleven casitas on the HWF campus.

Painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers are selected, based purely on the merit of their creative works, by a panel of jurors who specialize in the artistic discipline of the applicant. Artists in residence have no imposed expectations, quotas, or requirements during their stay on the HWF campus. The HWF’s residency program provides the artists with the time and space to create, which in turn enriches the artistic community and culture locally and abroad.

The HWF has been instrumental in supporting the careers of artists such as Ansel Adams, Agnes Martin, Andrew Dasburg, Patrocinio Barela, and many others.

The mission of The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico:
“Support the artist and the creative process”


Taos, New Mexico: United States

The campus of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation consists of eleven artist residency casitas on approximately fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico. Three casitas are designated for visual artists, three for composers, and five for literary artists. They are single-occupancy, furnished homes with all your basic amenities. Being in the center of the town, many shops, galleries and restaurants are walking-distance from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. In addition to the artist casitas, the grounds of the Foundation include the Commons House, the Library and the Main House. Meeting space, Wi-Fi, a community kitchen and laundry facilities are available in the Commons House.


  • Residency Length: 10-12 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 11
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 33
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 500 +


  • Additional eligibility information:

    We provide residency grants to creative artists from all over the world, regardless of age, experience, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference.

  • Application deadline: January 18
  • Additional deadline info:
    The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Artist casitas are single-occupancy, furnished homes with all your basic amenities.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording), Painting
  • Additional studio information:

    Three casitas are designated for visual artists (include an art studio), three for composers (each with a grand piano), and five for literary artists (with writing desks and printers).

Residency Fees

Upon acceptance into the residency program we require a deposit of $300.00, half of which is retained for maintaining your Casita, the other half being held as a refundable damage deposit.

Stipends / other support

Generally, no. However, in certain cases, and dependent on the Rhonda Artist Stipend Fund, the Foundation may be able to assist with grocery expenses.
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