Lerman Trust/Soaring Gardens Artists' Residency

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat  

Administered by the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust

There are two open applications currently.

Please note requirements before applying.


DEADLINE : March 10, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

Actively working visual artists, writers, instrumentalists, and composers with at least two years of professional experience since graduation may apply. 

Residencies are from two to five weeks, however preference is given to applicants requesting residencies of four to five weeks. (If scheduling permits, shorter residencies will be considered.) A limited number of $500 grants are available. If a grant will significantly affect your ability to attend, please fill out the Grants section on the application page. Grants will be awarded on the basis of need. Applying for a grant will not affect your eligibility for a residency.

Since residents share living spaces, artists are encouraged to apply as a group (a combination of artistic disciplines is fine), although each application is reviewed separately and the judges reserve the right to select or reject individual members. When you apply as a group, you may pursue individual projects, collaborative projects, and/or both.

Click SUBMIT on Composers' & Instrumentalist', Visual Artists' or Writers' links (below) to apply. 


DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 3, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

*An exhibition for alumni of Soaring Gardens who were residents between 2011 and 2020 only.

The board of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust is pleased to invite all residents—visual artists, writers, composers, and musicians—who had residencies at Soaring Gardens between 2011 and 2020 to apply to “Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat: The Second Decade,” a juried exhibition celebrating the second ten years of the residency program. The show will be held at the Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton from November 30, 2020 to March 31, 2021 (note the show will be closed from December 11, 2020 to February 1, 2021 for winter break). The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

The Trust is also hoping to travel the exhibition to NYC in the summer of 2021 if we can find a 1,000-square-foot venue. The Trust does have a budget for this show,  so please email us at soaringgardens@lermantrust.org if you have recommendations for a suitable exhibition space.

Click SUBMIT on Residents Exhibition 2011-2020 (below) to apply. 

Lerman Trust/Soaring Gardens Artists' Residency