We believe art is a means to re-envision the world we live in…

Western Montana Creative Initiatives is excited to launch our Pilot year of Open AIR. In 2019, at least ten selected artists will be invited to connect in-situ with residency sites unique to the inland West.

With innovative opportunities available in places such as remote wilderness areas to historically significant sites closer to town, artists will have the opportunity to draw inspiration from a regional community dedicated to preserving place, environment and the arts.


2020 Artist-in-Residence Opportunities will be released in December 2019. Sign-up with our mailing list (scroll down) to stay informed.

2019 Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

2019 Programming includes


Additional Information

Selected artists will debut our sites for the 2019 Open AIR pilot program. Artists will have the opportunity to connect with a unique site with full access to create and work on their studio practice.

All Artists will have:

  • Access to a studio space in a unique location

  • Be part of a closing group show

  • Have the opportunity to share their practice with the community

  • Be represented on our online website

  • Have the opportunity to become a ‘buddy’ with another visiting artist

  • Access to Community Resources

Artists are expected to:

Contribute one piece of work to the collection

Provide feedback about their experience

Be flexible and communicative to help work out any kinks in the pilot program

While we are hoping to provide artists with a stipend of $25/day for their time, this is based on our success with fundraising and is not guaranteed. Spring artists are responsible for their own room and board (artists selected for the Bio Station will provided with lodging during the Spring). Summer and Fall artists will be provided with lodging.

Resident artists will be key to helping us ensure the success of Open AIR. The feedback generated during the residency will be crucial to ensuring the success of future programs, and Artists will be expected to provide evaluation and feedback at the end of their experience.

Artist Duos/Couples/Families:

Summer and Fall Residency opportunities are open to individual artists and artist teams of two and/or partners. Duos must be willing to share a room. If you are applying as a creative team, please apply individually and indicate who your partner is. Artists do not need to have worked collaboratively together before to be eligible to apply as a team, nor do you need to be working on the same body of work, or in the same medium. Children are eligible to be with parents at either of the Fall Residencies on Flathead Lake.

Important Dates


January 28th - Art Call released

March 10th @ 11:59pm - Applications Due

March 26th - Artists notified of acceptance


April 20th-28th - Spring AIR

May 5th - Brunch event and Art Exhibit for Spring AIR


June 21-22nd - Summer AIR Artists Arrive

June 23 - Orientation

August 1st - Summer AIR Exhibit

August 3rd - Brunch Celebration and Artist Talks

August 5th - Summer AIR Completion


September 21st - October 12th - First Fall Artist

October 20th - November 9th - Second Fall Artist

November 9th - Fall Gala, Fall Artist group exhibition


Artists working in any media to include Visual Arts, Writing, Performance including Dance/Theater and Sound/Music are encouraged to apply. Please read the FAQs to understand what we can and cannot provide for the various disciplines.

Artists enrolled in school are welcome to apply where there is no conflict in commitments (i.e. during breaks, just before or after the program).

Emerging, mid-career and established artists are encouraged to apply.

Artists must be 18 years old to apply.

For questions email info@openairmt.org