The 2023 residency dates are June 1 – 30, 2023. The application deadline has been extended to February 1, 2023.

Any writer, or visual/musical artist over 21 years old, working in any medium—based in St. Louis, Missouri (the counties of St. Louis city or St. Louis county) for at least 5 years.

Please note that all Americans must have a passport to travel to Italy!  We recommend beginning that process immediately – instructions can be found at your local U.S. Post Office.

You are not required to make art during the residency. You can use the time in the way that you see fit. Since we are choosing artists that demonstrate commitment to their work, we trust that you know how to best prioritize this opportunity.  It may be that you find the nature or community so interesting that you would rather spend the bulk of your time engaging with it, and would prefer to create art that responds to it when you return home.

However – you will be required to take part in a group show in St. Louis with other artists that attended the residency the same year as you.  At this show, you may exhibit work, perform, or give a talk, and we would prefer that the work presented in some way responds to your experience, so that our local STL community can see evidence of the value of this program!

Yes. If you are selected for the residency, you will receive a roundtrip flight from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) to Turin-Caselle Airport (TRN), a ride to and from the airport, and shared  accommodations for 4 weeks. Each artist-in-residence will receive a weekly allotment of $200 USD for meals and local transportation.

Each artist selected for the 2023 residency will be provided a private bedroom within shared living accommodations. Each resident will receive a weekly allotment of $200 USD for meals and local transportation. Panther Mountain Artist Residency does not provide art materials.

We have plans to annex the house next door to use as a studio space eventually.  However, at the moment, the house is small, so if you have large space requirements for your work, then this residency may not be a good fit for you.

Each bedroom has a small desk, and there is a shared table in the kitchen.  Therefore, this residency is CURRENTLY best suited for writers, cartoonists, and makers of “small” things 🙂

There are a number of artists and studios in the area, and we are in the process of forming working relationships with them, so shared facilities elsewhere in the Susa valley may be available in the future.

(In other words, the answer to this question is still evolving, but for now, don’t expect a lot of studio space.)

You will have a private bedroom, with a kitchen and bathroom that is shared with 1-2 other people.

Basic toiletries, cooking implements, and staples will be provided.  Most other necessities are available in shops located in nearby Susa.

The accommodations are in a house located in the Marzano neighborhood of the small town of Mompantero, which is right next to the large town of Susa.

Marzano is a tiny, quiet village located high on a mountainside.  There are beautiful views, and easy access to gorgeous (but slightly rough) alpine trails.  If you want to spend the making art or writing at home, taking breaks to walk and hike, it is an ideal location.

If you want to buy groceries, get a coffee or gelato, go out to dinner, buy a new pair of shoes, or just watch the street life, that can be done in the nearby town of Susa.  From the house, you can walk to Susa in a half hour, or take one of the house bicycles – it’s about a 10 minute ride down the mountain to Susa, and a difficult 15 minute ride up the mountain back to the house.  You might end up pushing your bike the last bit of the trip 🙂  The host of the house will certainly offer occasional rides to and from town, but you shouldn’t count on those!  And while we can’t guarantee this, the locals are friendly and interested in Americans, so you’ll probably end up making friends that you can hitch rides with from time to time 🙂

Once you are in Susa, there is a train station with hourly service to many interesting neighboring towns, including the large city of Turin (Torino), which is about an hour’s ride if you want to take a historic tour or see big museums, etc.

There is a small parking lot in Marzano, so if you want to rent a car that is an option, but you will likely pay around $1000 for the month, and will need to obtain an International Driver’s Permit at AAA prior to leaving St. Louis.  Also, it costs about $80 to fill the tank of an economy car, so expect to pay twice the cost of gas in America!  We recommend skipping the car, and enjoying the slow pace of life, getting to know people, and enjoying the fresh air and slow sightseeing that bikes and feet make available!

Our residency staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodations in Marzano. We will help you with arrival and departure logistics. We will also help you navigate local destinations, buses and trains. We do not provide you with a personal vehicle during the residency.

The residency is located in Marzano, a tiny, quiet village located high on a mountainside.  There are beautiful views, and easy access to gorgeous (but slightly rough) alpine trails.  If you want to spend the making art or writing at home, taking breaks to walk and hike, it is an ideal location.

If you want to buy groceries, get a coffee or gelato, go out to dinner, buy a new pair of shoes, or just watch the street life, that can be done in the nearby town of Susa.  From the house, you can walk to Susa in a half hour, or borrow one of the house bicycles – it’s about a 10 minute ride down the mountain to Susa, and a difficult 15 minute ride up the mountain back to the house.  You might end up pushing your bike the last bit of the trip 🙂

The host of the house will offer occasional rides to and from town, but you shouldn’t count on those!

And while we can’t guarantee this, the locals are friendly and interested in Americans, so if you’re polite and friendly, you’ll probably end up making friends that you can hitch rides with from time to time 🙂

Once you are in Susa, there is a train station with hourly service to many interesting neighboring towns, including the large city of Turin (Torino), which is about an hour’s ride if you want to take a historic tour or see big museums, etc.

There is a small parking lot in Marzano, so if you want to rent a car that is an option, but you will likely pay around $1000 for the month, and will need to obtain an International Driver’s Permit at AAA prior to leaving St. Louis.  Also, it costs about $80 to fill the tank of an economy car, so expect to pay twice the cost of gas in America!  We recommend skipping the car, and enjoying the slow pace of life, getting to know people, and enjoying the fresh air and slow sightseeing that bikes and feet make available!

There is very little crime of any sort in the valley.  It is a small community where everyone knows each other.  Crime is rare, and violent crime extremely rare.

Harassment of women walking alone also seems much less common than stereotypical portrayals of Italy would seem to suggest.  That said, we unfortunately can’t guarantee that this will never happen.

However – the roads are narrow and windy, so you MUST EXERCISE CAUTION while walking, biking, or driving!  In our experience the drivers are extremely careful and considerate of pedestrians and cyclists, but there are places with low visibility, so you absolutely must stay aware at all times when walking or biking on the roads.  Deaths of pedestrians and cyclists in the area are not common, but they do happen.

Average temperatures are lower than in St. Louis in all seasons.  The air is dry, and it rains less.  When it does rain, it is generally drizzle or brief showers.

Hiking and walking are the regional pastimes, so make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes, and dress in layers!

Unfortunately, no.  Once you arrive in Marzano by car, you must climb a few flights of irregular stone stairs to reach the house, which was built before 1800 and is situated in an irregular cluster of buildings.  Also, the bedrooms are upstairs and the kitchen and bathroom are downstairs.

This residency is not recommended if you have significant mobility difficulties.

Yes, there is a $20.00 USD application fee for first-time applicants. This includes brief written feedback on your submissions from our Selection Committee. The application fee is waived for returning applicants, and may be waived for individuals with extreme financial hardship.

Applications are reviewed by our director and Selection Committee – a cohort of international curators and arts professionals.

The following traits will be favored in the selection process:

  • Provable commitment to your craft over a significant period of time.
  • Direct community engagement through service, or having work that engages with contemporary or historical St. Louis in a thoughtful way.
  • Low income and/or lack of opportunity to travel internationally.
  • Work that is comprehensible to the general public.  Artists with straightforward artist statements will be preferred over those that contain obscure academic jargon.  We are not anti-academic, but we want to emphasize accessibility over exclusivity in this offering.

The application deadline for Fall 2023 is April 1.  Artists who apply for the residency will be informed of our decisions by May 1, 2023.

You may submit up to 10 total samples of any combination of jpegs, audio, video, or writing. Audio or video submissions should not exceed 10 minutes in length. The maximum file size limit for any individual work submission is 400mb. Your TOTAL submission with your application cannot not exceed 800mb.

Yes, you can provide up to 10 links on a one-page PDF uploaded in the media section of your application. Please be sure to provide passwords if needed. Video or audio submissions should not exceed 10 minutes in length. If links are password protected, be sure to include login information in the description field.

All application fees for residencies are transferable to the following year. In other words, if you are not awarded the residency this time around and decide to apply again next year, your subsequent application fees will be waived. We believe this is a fair and equitable approach to the application process. This 2nd year application fee waiver applies to first-time applicants only. Please note that applicants returning for the 2nd time will still be required to submit a new application for the residency, but there will be no fee.

Unfortunately, no. Panther Mountain Artist Residency is intended for individual artists.

If your partner is also an artist, they may apply separately – if you are both selected, there may be exceptional situations (if funding allows) where you would both be awarded the flight and meal stipend, but would share accommodations.

Unfortunately, no.  Accommodations at Panther Mountain Artist Residency is shared, so pets are not allowed. If you are selected for the residency and have a condition that requires the aid of a service animal, please let us know.

In the town of Susa, near the residency, there is a phone shop that can provide you with a local SIM card that can be placed in your cell phone for internet service.  The cost is about $50 for a month, and the signal is typically strong enough to set up a “hot spot” for your laptop, if you choose to bring one.

It is the policy of Panther Mountain Artist Residency to be a drug-free environment. We also ask that residents consume alcohol responsibly.

Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

Yes. Residents are expected to purchase or prepare their own meals during their stay. The nearby town of Susa has several supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes that offer a wide variety of food options. Each resident will receive a weekly allotment of $200 USD for meals and local transportation.

Obviously, bring anything you’ll need to feel comfortable for a month away from home.

As far as clothing, we strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes.  You will be doing a lot of walking!

Because it is dry, temperatures can be hot during the day and cold at night, so layers are recommended. A t-shirt, a hoodie, and an additional jacket would probably all be used on a typical Spring, Summer or Fall day.

Sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, a lightweight umbrella, and a small backpack are all recommended for your daytime excursions (all of which could be purchased locally if you forget them).

There are nice shops in the nearby town of Susa where you can buy nearly anything you forgot, including inexpensive “dollar stores” with plug adapters, personal items, and even clothing… so while you should pack carefully, don’t stress on it too hard.  We don’t recommend bringing (and won’t pay for!) more than one checked bag and one carry-on bag.

Panther Mountain Artist Residency is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. Hayama Artist Residency will not tolerate any behavior that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Our aim is to create a vibrant and safe creative sanctuary, and we strive to provide an environment that accommodates artists from a multiplicity of backgrounds and circumstances. Violation of our policies or local laws may result in expulsion from the residency and termination of your stay.