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“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”

Donald Woods Winnicott

Artist in Residence Application

why we care

Here at Mill Creek, we want to support those who think creatively, those who care generously and those who 

give beyond themselves. We can give back to the givers by providing a quiet place to think, retreat and create.

what is it?

Our Artist in Residence program is a chance for one or more artists, writers or photographers to spend 4 days at camp free of charge to engage solely in their craft. We will begin taking applications NOW closing in mid-November and artist stays will occur in January-March on Sunday through Thursday mid-week stays. 

what are the requirements and rules?

  • Writers and 2D visual artists only.
  • Must be 21 + yrs old.
  • Absolutely No Smoking
  • Sorry, no spouses, children or pets as roommates during the Residency.
  • Applications close at 11:59pm on Friday, November 15th 2019.
  • Residents are announced online on Instagram on Monday, December 2nd.
  • Residents receive a no-cost, Sunday through Thursday night stay in one of our cabins during January-March. Once winners are announced, we will discuss a date and cabin that works best.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill in the form below by writing: Artist Residency and YOUR FULL NAME
  3. Please Answer:   WHAT MIGHT YOU LEAVE BEHIND?
  4. Email samples of your work directly to


We want our artists, writers, photographers and creatives to leave a bit of themselves behind at Mill Creek. Perhaps you will paint a hidden painting on a tree in the woods (we have a perfect one!) or perhaps you will hide a geocache with a poem inside. Perhaps you will sketch the birds seen during your stay, paint the mountain laurel or make a comic featuring our woodland creatures. Whatever your idea is, be creative! We are excited to see your craft!


If you have questions, just fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you!

2019 Artist in Residence

Alyssa Hannigan Photography

Alyssa Hannigan Photography Artist in Residence at Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center

Naturally Capturing Authentic Stories

Ecological design and Landscape Architecture

Ecological Design Landscape Architecture by Alyssa Hannigan Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Alyssa Hannigan

Tyler School of Art - Temple University

2018 Artist in Residence

Human Library York Founder

Human Library York - Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center Artist in Residence 2018

A Human Library is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that may be somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice, and/or discrimination. It aims to establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered.

Reaching Readers - Instagram

Reaching Readers Instagram for Mill Creek Falls Retreat Artist in Residence

"I believe in the power of books to connect individuals, provide comfort and empathy, and spark curiosity about the world. I am an avid children's literature advocate and spend much of my time within the walls of my classroom and beyond spreading my love for literacy with others."

-Katie Hartman

Application Form

Currently closed for 2019 - will reopen fall 2020

Show us your work!

We would love to see samples of your previous work along with your application. 

Please email directly to

Mill Creek Falls Retreat Center

303 East Telegraph Road, Airville, Pennsylvania 17302, United States