Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply? Is there a fee for application?

The workshop is geared toward experienced visual artists who maintain an active studio practice. The session holds a maximum of six participants, and artists are selected on a rolling basis based on experience, images, and stated interests. As there is light hiking at high altitude (7-8K'), a basic level of physical fitness is necessary. There is no application fee.

What are the lodging options?

Pre-arranged lodging includes three private rooms on-site at the Chaco Lodge, and three spaces in a shared apartment at the Sueños Encantados Bed and Breakfast. Please see the Lodging page for more details, prices, and images of rooms.

What materials are provided?

Participants will receive a basic material kit that includes a range of mediums, papers, and tools, enough to produce a body of artwork during the session. We will be crafting a number of our materials on-site using natural sources. A list of supplemental materials will be provided prior to arrival.

Do I need a vehicle?

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop site in Cuba, NM. Mass transit options are extremely limited. Renting a vehicle at the Albuquerque Sunport is an excellent option; the workshop site is approximately 90 minutes north of the airport. Once on-site, we will consolidate vehicles for field excursions. There are also many excellent destinations a short drive from Cuba, including the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Ojo Caliente Hotsprings, Abiquiu, and Santa Fe. Please see the Policies page for more information.

How physically demanding is the walking/hiking?

The field sites are chosen for being both remote and accessible by normal vehicle. Walking over natural terrain will be required to access specific areas where we will set up. There is one field site that requires a longer walk of approximately a mile in one direction to access. Once at the site, it's up to you as to how you would like to wander. Participants will need to carry their own daypack with water, art supplies, and personal items. Please keep in mind that we are at an altitude of 7,000-8,000'.

What is the weather like? The altitude?

Late May is gorgeous. Expect clear dry days in the 70s, and nights in the 40s. The sun at this altitude can be unforgiving, however, and hats and sunscreen are recommended. We will set up shade structures at all field sites. If you are coming from a lower altitude, you may want to arrive a day in advance to start acclimating, as we are 7,000-8,000 feet above sea level.

Can I bring my partner or my kids?

Participating partners are welcome, and there is a significant discount if you are sharing a room on-site at the Chaco Lodge. The application process is required for all participants. At this time, we cannot accommodate non-participating partners or spouses. We also cannot accommodate participants under the age of 18.