About Us

Ragdale is a nonprofit artists’ community located on the former country estate of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw

More than 150 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Ragdale residents represent a cross-section of ages, cultures, experience, and mediums, for a diverse and vibrant community.

In each session, 13 artists-in-residence enjoy uninterrupted time for work, a supportive environment, dynamic artist exchanges, 50 acres of idyllic prairie, and a family-style dinner each evening.

 

“RAGDALE IS A PLACE WHERE CREATIVITY IS NURTURED IN ALL ITS FORMS. I EXPECTED THE SOLITUDE, THE NEW FRIENDSHIPS, AND THE TIME AND SPACE TO WRITE. I JUST DIDN’T EXPECT TO BE TREATED SO WELL. POOR, STRUGGLING ARTISTS TAKE HEED: AT RAGDALE, LIFE IS RICH.”
–CHRISTINE PIPER, WRITER
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA