The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. Solitude is balanced with opportunity to form a community.
Jentel awards residencies to artists and writers who are focused and serious about their intent, who may have proven themselves by publication or solo exhibition or who may not necessarily be well known, but who have developed a personal vision or personal voice in their work. The program welcomes visual artists in all media, writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and playwrights.
Jentel Artist Residency Program lies in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views over scoria topped hills to the majestic Bighorn Mountains. The fertile valley grows abundant hay and alfalfa for Black Angus cattle. Few houses or signs of human existence dot the two-mile stretch of Piney Creek that flows through the property.
The seven separate structures, which form the residency village, architecturally reflect the landscape and agricultural setting. Log faced cabins on the former Collins’ ranch serve as office, reception, conference area and writer studios, while a pole barn houses the visual artist studios. The sweeping lines of the Residency echo the surrounding mountains and hills and provide dynamic spaces and living quarters for the residents.
The Jentel Foundation strives to protect and sustain the pristine natural environment of the Piney Creek Valley by protecting and responsibly managing the unique plants and wildlife, by preserving the land from development, by protecting and preserving the Indian artifacts, by protecting and preserving any geological phenomena and through responsible land management practices.