The Atlanta School Artist Residency program is open to artists, writers, architects, historians, musicians, filmmakers and choreographers who need a place to focus. Apply for a residency in Atlanta, Idaho.

The Atlanta School Artist-in-Residence Program Is Open To Artists, Writers, Architects, Historians, Musicians, Filmmakers And Choreographers Who Need A Place To Focus. Residencies May Vary In Length And Are Available Throughout The Summer. 

2017 Artists-in-Residence

JUNE 2017 // Heather Rae is a part-Indian, radical grandma.  She's a filmmaker, activist, speaker and wants to learn to write.  Her family roots are in Idaho over several generations and she grew up near the Sawtooth mountains where her father was a mule packer and later a milliner.  Her mother an artist and healer.   Rae's oldest son lives in Idaho studying economics with an emphasis on wealth distribution.  Her middle son is on a boat off the coast of Malaysia, and she and her husband and daughter live in Los Angeles.  Her focus in her work, drawing from both her settler and indigenous roots, is on reconciliation and responsibility — building on a new future for the land and people.

JULY 2017 // Claire van der Plas currently lives in Alamosa, Colorado, where she teaches foundations art courses and art criticism at Adams State University. She has taught in New Zealand, Singapore and North Carolina before moving to Colorado. While primarily a painter, she also works in other media including installation, performance and collaborative art when the opportunity arises. She has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States. She earned her MFA from University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2004. She also has a BFA from Auckland and a BA in political science from Canterbury University, NZ.




Residency Housing

1863 Ira Pierce Log Cabin

Documented as the first dwelling in Boise, Idaho, this one room log cabin was part of the Boise Historical Museum’s Historic building exhibit.  It was dismantled and reconstructed in Atlanta 2006-2008 and is furnished circa the 1860’s.

Ira Pierce and his family were bound for Oregon when one of their children fell ill and they could go no further than Boise.  Ira Pierce found work as a blacksmith at Fort Boise (then a tent city.) On Sundays he took his oxen and hauled logs from the river to build his cabin.  The cabin is known to have served later as a blacksmith shop, a jail and as the home of a Chinese family at the turn of the century. This structure is simple, rustic and not equipped with electricity or indoor plumbing.

1906 Henry O. Crabbe "Proving Up" Shack

A newly restored three room house; it is furnished circa 1910 and includes a dramatic panoramic view of Greylock Mountain from the front porch.

Saloon and mercantile owner Henry O. Crabbe was born in 1866 in Indiana. At the time of the 1910 census his wife Elizabeth was 22 and his daughter Marguerite was a newborn in Atlanta, Idaho. His shop on the corner of Main and Quartz Streets burned to the ground that year. After unsuccessfully applying for a patent for a town site in Atlanta, he was granted his own homestead, known as the Crabbe Homestead, and built two “Proving Up” shacks on the property. This residence is in its original location. This structure is simple, rustic and not equipped with electricity or indoor plumbing.

Butler Children's House

Built in the late 1800’s as an extra room for the expanding family of George and Effie Butler. The Butlers, a prosperous farming family in booming Atlanta grew hay and raised livestock. George was a county and road commissioner and married Effie Sponable after his first wife Elida died. George and Willie, their young sons, lived in the new building, adjacent to the family home.  It has since been dismantled and moved to a new setting. The décor and furnishing reflects its original use as a children’s dwelling and includes a collection of historic photos of the Butler family. The Butler house is small but cozy with a stunning view of Greylock Mountain. This structure is simple, rustic and not equipped with electricity or indoor plumbing.