The Artists in Residence program aims to sponsor an educational and cultural interchange between Dominican and foreign artists. In this program, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, writers, musicians, and architects from different countries come together to live and work in Altos de Chavón for three months. They receive housing and a studio for their use, and during their stay they interact with their Dominican counterparts, sharing experiences and ideas in the different disciplines. This dynamic interchange has brought about changes in traditional ways of working materials or applying techniques in the various art forms. At the end of their residency they participate in a group show.

Since its beginning, in 1981, the Artists in Residence program has received more than 200 renowned artists such as Nancy Graves, Philip Pearlstein, and Roberto Juarez; the writers Julia Álvarez y Jerzy Kosinski; the Dominican ceramic artist Emma Luna, and the ex-director of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Rudolf Stussi. This program has become a rich source of knowledge for students, since the artists also have the opportunity to teach in The School of Design.

Artists can apply through The School’s in Santo Domingo or La Romana. The application process starts with submission of samples of artwork and a summary of the projects they wish to develop.


The Altos de Chavón School of Design and world-renowned organization, Davidoff, are joining forces in the development of an international artist in residency program under the scope of the “Davidoff Art Initiative.” This project marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Altos de Chavón, and of art in the Dominican Republic and hosted the visit of visual artists for a period of ten weeks.