Djerassi Artists Residency

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The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is an artists and writers residency in Woodside, California.[1] The residency sits on a 583-acre ranch with a 12-sided cattle barn converted into artist studios.[2]


The program was co-founded in 1979 by Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the birth control pill, and Diane Middlebrook. The residency is competitive and held at no cost to the artists. The location was a former cattle ranch. Originally a women-only residency program in honor of Djerassi's artist daughter Pamela, lost to suicide at 28 in 1978,[2][3] the program later expanded to welcome all genders.

This residency offers an annual open house event.[4]


  1. ^ Kendzulak, Susan. "Fine Art: The Djerassi Artists Residency".
  2. ^ a b "Djerassi artists' retreat hosts rare open house". East Bay Times. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  3. ^ Tan, Cheryl Lu-lien (2014-10-10). "Want to Get Into an Artists' Retreat? Go as a Tourist". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  4. ^ "Arts Residency Programs: The Secret Engine of the Bay Area Arts Scene". KQED Arts. Retrieved 2017-08-02.

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