Signal Fire 2019 Artist Retreats

Signal Fire 2019 Artist Retreats

Open Call

Jan. 31, 2019
Portland/United States
Deadline Feb. 15, 2019
Residency, Competition
Activism, Architecture, Conceptual, Curating, Design, Digita...
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Signal Fire 2019 Artist Retreats

Signal Fire announces a call for applications for its tenth annual season of remote residencies and retreats on public wildlands, open to artists working in all disciplines, as well as activists, researchers, and curators. Applications are free and located online at

Our 2019 theme NAVIGATE TOGETHER focuses on the vitality and necessity of migration. Our programs span the North American West, tracing the reliable, the obstructed, and the potential migratory routes that connect animal, plant, and human communities across the region.

Juried Artist Retreats: Apply by February 15

In 2019 Signal Fire offers four juried trips, walking Retreats to inspire artists and build understanding in complex landscapes. Our first juried trip invites alumni artists on a Sonoran Desert backpacking trip to deepen backcountry skills and the connections within our community. Our second juried trip is a week of camping and hiking in the wildlands adjoining the U.S. - Mexico border. Here, residents will engage the biological wonder and cultural complexity of a landscape vilified by and vulnerable to the militarized politics of fear.  

In June, we will partner with Native Arts and Culture Foundation and PLAYA Residency to host our second annual Indigenous Artist Retreat. This ten-day trip is designed by and for contemporary Native artists. In late summer, our final Retreat takes us far north in the Cascades, where climate change is resculpting migratory routes and fire ecology, presenting both unforeseen challenges and opportunities for adaptation.

Our 2019 “Celebrity Jury” is comprised of Portland artist Brenda Mallory, Bay Area-based culture writer and critic Mailee Hung, and Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Yaron Michael Hakim. Our free online application is open through February 15th.

Address questions to Ryan Pierce, Field Coordinator:


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