CAMP – Artist in Residence Program

Description of Organization
CAMP Residency program is a multidisciplinary arts organization located within JCC Ranch Camp in Elbert, Colorado. CAMP is a development based collaborative workshop environment for the promotion of artists who are pushing boundaries in their field. We seek to create a dialogue between artists in residence, the community of JCC Ranch Camp, and the professional art world in Colorado, providing artists with unique resources and connecting our artists to an international conversation.

Organization founded in

JCC Ranch Camp – 1953 / CAMP Residency Program – 2016


Description of residency program

The unique setting of JCC Ranch Camp provides a specific cultural backdrop to inspire artists that they could not receive anywhere else. Living and working at a summer camp, artists in residence will have the opportunity to interact with the pluralistic community of campers and staff members at JCC Ranch Camp, the beautiful and rustic wilderness of the black forest, horses and other farm animals, and programmatic elements of camp like swimming, canoeing, and Judaics. We seek to provide support to artists who will be easily inspired or challenged by these surroundings. Artists in need of these inspirational contextual resources, including limitless time and space, are encouraged to apply to the program.


The JCC Ranch Camp is located on 400 acres of ranch land in Elbert, Colorado within a beautiful area known as the Black Forest. The camp, which is owned and operated by the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver, is open to children entering grades 2-11 with programs designed specifically for each age. Campers reside in log cabins in groups of up to 10-12 campers with 3-4 staff members. All camp buildings are located within a central area and are surrounded by a sprawling acreage of pine forests, which provide spots for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, and exploring. The facility includes a corral that houses over 40 horses during the summer, providing for one of the best equestrian programs to be found in a Jewish camp setting nationwide. JCC Ranch Camp also offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, a technical rock climbing wall, a low-elements ropes course, a high-elements challenge course and zip line, a sports field and basketball court, nature and crafts center, recreation hall, two outdoor seated gathering areas, archery field, farm area and miles and miles of beautiful trails on our 400-acre ranch.


CAMP Residency program provides a unique critical platform for artists, dismantling critical hierarchies that exist in the art world. Studio visits, lectures, and critical forums amongst the multi-generational integrated community at large foster this spirit of exchange and education. It is our goal to connect artists with the arts community in Colorado, granting exhibition space to artists producing exceptional work on a case-by-case basis.


Residency program since



Disciplines and media

Visual Art

Performance Art

Video Art / New Genres / Other


Type of organization

Independent organization / foundation / non-profit



Duration of residencies

Minimum 3 weeks, maximum 9 weeks


Number of residents at one time

We have up to three indoor living spaces available at a time, and 3-5 indoor studio spaces that are either shared spaces or private cabins. Private room (the annex), indoor cabin (cabin 2) or platform tent (tasc tent).  We can accommodate artists who prefer to live outdoors or provide their own nomadic housing (tents, trailers, etc). Artists who choose this option will be able to set up camp in virtually any location in our 440 acres of campground and will receive a $500 stipend.


Companions allowed

Dogs are encouraged. Human companions are evaluated on a case by case basis.


Stipends available

Artists who choose to live outdoors in nomadic style housing will receive a $500 stipend.


Expenses paid by artist

Transportation to Denver International Airport or Colorado Springs Airport



Expenses paid by the organization

Ranch Camp is located in a remote setting with no regional bus transportation, so we provide transportation between airports and CAMP in Elbert


Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

Expectations of the Artist

Engaging with the community on a regular basis.

Planning about 6 hours of workshops per week in order to teach the community about their practice.
Participating in studio visits, salon style critiques, and open forums about their work.

Participating in a group exhibition at the end of their residency on a case-by-case basis.

Optional but encouraged: planning of a site-specific project for JCC Ranch Camp.

Application who/how

Open online application

Selection procedure

Curated by committee. Artists-in-residence are chosen based on competitive portfolio submissions reviewed by a panel of arts professionals and staff members.


Presentation of artist’s work

Option for a group show at the end of the residency



Colorado, Elbert, Outdoor, wilderness, rural

Resources available to residents


Sewing machines

Offsite kiln

Car share program




Some power tools and basic woodworking supplies


Phone (Cell service is intermittent)


Number of studios

3-5 indoor studios

Outdoor space for large projects and building

Covered outdoor facility for fabric dyeing and textiles


Type and size of studios

Three indoor cabins, one shared indoor space that can accommodate 2 artists


Private room (cabin 2, annex)

Shared space (luxury cottage, under lodge?)


Working language
English, some Hebrew

Other activities happening at the space
Summer Camp

How to reach

By train

Union Station in Denver

By plane

Denver International Airport or Colorado Springs Airport

By car

21441 North Elbert Road, Elbert Colorado 80106

Send an e-mail to Please attach:

  • 8-15 images of your work, compiled into a single PDF with captions (Title, medium, size, date). If applicable, links to your website / links to time based works can be provided in the PDF.
  • CV (PDF)
  • One page personal artist statement (PDF)
  • Please provide contact info for at least one character reference in the body of the e-mail. We will provide a background check for applicants.
  • Optional: Project proposal for site specific works.
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