Artist Residency, Artist Community

Located on 150 acres of redwood forest, Project 387 provided a multidisciplinary residency program offering a community-based living and working experience for artists in all career stages. The residency was a unique opportunity to delve into the creative process in a focused, exploratory, and rigorous manner while removed from the clamor of urban distractions.

After four amazing seasons, Project 387 made the tough choice to cease operations. We will never forget the amazing experiences we had with a truly wonderful community of artists. It was our honor to provide time and space for artists to explore their creative process. This website serves as an archive to that time.

Is Project 387 still active?

No, Project 387 is not active. After four great years we decided to put our residency on hold due to staff bandwidth. We appreciate the amazing experiences we had and the artists who were willing to take a chance on a small and scrappy residency.

I work with a collaborative partner, are groups allowed to apply?

Project 387 can accommodate collaborative duos. We cannot provide space for collaborative teams larger than two though.  If you are applying with one other partner, please submit one application together. This application should state clearly what space requirements you might need and how your collaboration is integral to your practice. Please submit two resumes and work samples that showcase a collaborative process. 

Where are you located?

We are located in Gualala, CA in Mendocino County. Gualala is approximately 3 hours north of San Francisco.

What are the closest airports?

Oakland International and SFO. 

What is available in Gualala?

There are regular amenities available in town including:

Two grocery stores, a post office, a medical clinic, a pharmacy, a small art supply store, and hardware stores. For more information please check out

Is transportation provided?

For our 2016 residency we are unable to provide transportation to the residency. All residents will be connected via email before the start of the residency. We encourage folks to collaborate on rides if necessary. Because of the rural environment, personal transportation is recommended. 

What does the studio space look like?

We have posted more photos of the facilities on our facebook page. Please check there for more updates. The studio space for all 5 artists will be located in one building. There are three individual office spaces for artists working in smaller, contained media and open warehouse space for those who need more room. 

Will I be camping?

No. Artists who come live in fully furnished homes. Each artist will have his/her own bedroom.  Each space has a partial or fully equipped kitchen.

How rural is rural? 

Gualala is located 3 hours north of San Francisco along Highway 1. We have many resources in town but one must be prepared for a bit of country living. There is spotty to no cell service in Gualala. Be prepared to turn off your phone and disconnect a bit. If you have severe medical needs it is important to remember our clinic holds regular business hours. The closest hospital is 1.5 hours away.

What does Project 387 mean?

The residency is located at mile marker 3.87 in Gualala and like all artist spaces, it is a work in progress—gaining momentum through the energy artists put into it.

You’re new, right?

We are brand new. Project 387 has been a dream of Director Allyson Feeney for many years now but became reality in 2013.

How are you funded?

We are a  501(c) 3 non-profit organization funded by donor support.

What is your staff structure?

Our staff structure remains small. We are a fully volunteer run, family organization.  We have a founding director and an active board of directors working tirelessly to make this program a true resource for artists. During the residency, director Allyson Feeney along with friends, family, and art facilitators will be living and working on site. They will be available for assistance in all matters big and small. 

Who is cooking dinner?

Dinner is provided for all participants at the Main House 5 nights a week. It is prepared family-style and with great focus on quality ingredients.  We can accommodate vegetarian and omnivorous diets. If you have additional dietary restrictions we will do our best to work with you on a healthy alternative. 

Much of the produce will be coming from Project 387’s home garden.

What about breakfast and lunch?

There are two well-stocked grocery stores in town and a communal car that can be checked out for runs into town. Each house is outfitted with kitchens. The studio space has a refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, and hot water pot.  

Will there be any exhibitions of work at the end of the residency?

There will be an open studios event that all residents are to participate in. This will happen the last weekend of the residency. Artists should be prepared to showcase the work they have undertaken at the residency. 

Can I invite guests?

We invite daytime visitors to the space but we cannot accommodate for overnight stays.

Can I bring pets?

 Unfortunately we cannot accommodate for pets in our spaces unless they are of medical necessity. If you are worried about missing a furry friend rest assured that there are two dogs (Garby and Sarah) and six cats (Percy, Lewis, Bird, Ella, Ollie, and Tilly) on campus. 

I am a smoker, what is your policy?

There is a strict no smoking policy in all of the indoor spaces on the property. Because the summers are a period of high fire danger, smoking is only allowed in specific locations.