Deadline: 20/01/2018

Rio Grande Artist Retreat New Mexico, USA

Rio Grande Artist Retreat is situated in the high desert above the largest lake in New Mexico, US.

Description of residency program
EBLAR (Elephant Butte Lake Artist Retreat) has been designed to allow participants to share a common experience with a small group of fellow artists, that encourages the exchange of ideas and work, while allowing the major focus to be private time for individual work and introspection.

Elephant Butte Lake is one of New Mexico’s most visited tourist attractions in the summertime, but is literally reduced to its tiny resident population for the winter months. It is during this time, in the months of January through March, that we welcome artists to the Elephant Butte Lake Artist Retreat. Although it’s technically “winter”, the weather here consists of warm days and cool nights. Average temperature for the area during the Retreat is mid-60s fahrenheit with little to no precipitation. The mild weather, combined with a calm serenity during the “off-season”, create a perfect work environment for visiting artists.

The Rio Grande passes through some of America’s most dramatic landscapes as it winds its way down through New Mexico before crossing the Southern border. In 1908, what was then the largest dam in the U.S. and second largest in the world, was constructed at a place where human beings had been coming for millennia to soak in the healing hot springs that bubbled into this great river. The dam slowly created a lake which became the largest body of water in the state of New Mexico, named after a distinctive volcanic butte that became an island as the water rose.

Duration of residency
4 weeks

Application deadline
January 20th, 2018

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Suitable for mostly 2D and a few 3D artists, easels, chairs, tables, lights available, no financial assistance/scholarships, sorry.

John and Souheir Rawlings will be your hosts and managers for the entire length of the Retreat. Prior to–and during–the residency, they may be contacted for any questions you may have. They have many years of experience working with artists of all levels, and are available to lend assistance, artistic guidance, support and encouragement as desired. However, they fully understand the Artist’s need for private, uninterrupted time, and are respectful in regards to individual preferences. Above all, John & Souheir wish to provide a peaceful yet productive artistic opportunity for all participants. Because of their backgrounds in Art Instruction as well as their years as producing Artists, they are happy to help out in anyway possible…but will certainly not interfere with artists’ own creative journeys.

They have studied and taught Art in colleges and arts organizations internationally, they run Art History Tours, Artist Retreats, and have studios in Northern Montana. The Rawlings’ have received several awards for their art and teaching, with John’s academic focus being on Italian Renaissance Art History and his artistic focus on sculpture and symbolism. Souheir has worked primarily in drawing and painting, with portrait/figure work as her subjects. In teaching, she has a special interest in multi-cultural arts and expressive arts therapy.

Private casita (cabin) for artist and partner if applying jointly.

Studio/ workspace
Individual space available in each private casita.  Shared studio/workspace in common Studio building.  

Fees and support
$20 USD application fee (non-refundable).  $950 USD residency fee (4 week period). Spouse/partner rate:  50% of residency cost = $475 USD

Expectations towards the artist
To participate in group exhibit

Application information
Online application form is available at:

Rio Grande Artist Retreat New Mexico, USA

Rio Grande Artist Retreat New Mexico, USA

United States of America

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