Our mission is two-fold: to offer artists the kind of professional support you deserve and to provide the public with interesting, accessible, inclusive, and professional art experiences, including performances, readings, exhibits, and workshops.

Surel’s Place believes that artists should be supported at a level commensurate to the value you add to our individual and collective lives.  We aim to give you the time, shelter, and professional support your work deserves.  In exchange, we ask you to offer art experiences to our community. Garden City values artists and their work, and as a resident, you will be valued and appreciated for the energy, ideas, and dedication that you bring to our city.

The program is open to professional visual, literary, and performance artists:  painters, writers, musicians, architects, filmmakers, and choreographers… any artist who needs a place to focus.  However, because of the property’s limitations and proximity to neighbors, this is not a place that can accommodate loud or terribly messy processes, such as welding or blacksmithing.

We favor artists whose work is technically advanced, unique, attractive (need not be pretty!), and conceptually valuable.  Work that is predominantly conceptual, that must be explained in order to attract a viewer, may not be met with as much enthusiasm by our jurists.  In addition, because we ask our residents to interact with the public through one workshop and one final event, we welcome artists who desire to connect with an audience in these ways.

Additionally, each cycle, one of our five residencies includes outreach to local schools through our PARTNER Schools Program — another way we do our part to serve our community.

The non-smoking requirement is non-negotiable. Any evidence of smoking on the property will be grounds for early termination of the residency.

Though partners are welcome to join artists, we cannot accommodate children or pets. No more than two adults can live at Surel’s Place during a residency. There may also be a  surcharge to cover additional utility costs. Note that partners who desire concurrent residencies must apply and be accepted separately.

Applications are reviewed by juries of accomplished Boise-based artists, writers, and fine arts professionals. All applicants will be notified of decisions via email at the address they provide on the application.


  • one month residencies (more time may be possible, but must be justified within the application).
  • free rent
  • free utilities
  • free wi-fi
  • modest living stipend of $100 per week
  • $300 travel stipend
  • use of well-maintained bicycles for transportation
  • free or discounted tickets to art events and movies
  • free marketing via our website, Facebook, targeted emails, online public calendars, and press releases
  • free professional event hosting including catering, curating, and logistics.

In addition, residents will have hosts: a host will help orient residents to the community, introduce them to other artists, inform them of nearby events and opportunities, and host their public events at Surel’s Place.


  • Maintaining residence at the home and studio (no studio-use only residencies).
  • A focused use of the residency to achieve a stated goal with no other employment/work occurring simultaneously. No other employment during residence.
  • Visual Artists will interact with the public at Surel’s Place for a  show of and/or lecture about their residency work. Writers will offer a reading and discussion session of their residency work.
  • All artists must offer at least one public workshop. (2-3 hours, minimal lecturing)
  • Visual Artists must donate one piece of art to Surel’s Place for future fundraising efforts.
  • Writers must allow Surel’s Place to publish a free-standing excerpt of their residency work in books, broadsides, posters, or other materials in keeping with our mission.
  • The Surel’s Place commission on all sales emanating from your residency is 35% of the retail price.  For ticketed events that are offsite or require contracted services, the commission is 45% and will be calculated after administrative expenses. One caveat for the sales commission: if you are an artist such as a writer who is selling books, a musician who is selling CDs, or an artist who is selling work that qualifies as merchandise or is tangential to their medium, the requested commission for Surel’s Place is 15%.

All application materials must be electronically submitted to:


We have two annual deadlines as follows:

  • September 1: For residences that occur during January-May of the following year, beginning four months after the deadline.
  • March 1: For residences that occur during July-November of the same year, beginning four months after the deadline.

All Applicants must be:

  • 25 Years or Older
  • Non Smokers

Visual Artist Applicants must submit the following to info@surelsplace.org:

  • Online Artist in Residence Application
  • Cover Letter (an introduction of yourself that also speaks to why you’d like to be at Surel’s Place, specifically)
  • Proposal, including Workshop Outline
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • A headshot
  • Electronic images of 4-6 pieces of work
  • Image List Document (title, size, medium, year)

Literary Applicants must submit the following to info@surelsplace.org:

  • Online Artist in Residence Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Proposal, including Workshop Outline
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • A headshot
  • Electronic samples of your work in PDF format
    • Your name and page number in top right corner
    • Fiction/Prose/Script: No more than 10 pages typed, double spaced
    • Poetry: No more than 6 poems, not to exceed 10 pages.

Applicants of Other Mediums must submit the following to info@surelsplace.org:

  • Online Artist in Residence Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Proposal, including Workshop Outline
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • A headshot
  • Electronic Samples of your work. (Please contact us to discuss sample requirements for your particular medium.)

Questions? Contact info@surelsplace.org