This September I received the good news that I've been awarded The Ford Family Foundation Fellowship at the Djerassi Residency Program at the Djerassi Foundation in California. Here's a copy of the notice ( I edited out the logistical information....)
Dear Cody A Bustamante,
Congratulations, you have been selected for The Ford Family Foundation Fellowship at the Djerassi Program in 2016......
The quality, integrity and direction of your work clearly impressed our panelists.
Congratulations. Let me say it again—YES! Oh, and once more. YES!
We will provide you with accommodations, studio space and all meals while you are in residence. Our chef is top-notch and has been praised publicly by New York author/blogger (and alum) Cheryl Tan.
This is a true artists’ retreat; it is remote and private. We are located on a 580-acre former cattle ranch one hour south of SF on a one-lane road. We are only 12 miles from Palo Alto but it is a 45-minute drive. (Don’t believe me? Just Google-Earth 2325 Bear Gulch Road to see just HOW isolated we are). You will enjoy the collegial camaraderie of 10-12 artists of various disciplines from the U.S. and abroad. Arriving and departing as a group is a defining quality of the “Djerassi experience.”
Don’t make us wait. There are dozens of alternates hoping you’ll say NO. We must hear from you by October 9th (via email, or U.S. Mail) if you are able to accept the residency session offered. In late October, expect an email with detailed information about your residency.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to avoid conflicting obligations while in residence. This wondrous place offers you the gift of time—please embrace it. We hope your experience rivals the late New York sculptor William King’s who said his residency was the best month of his life.
Questions? Call Judy Freeland (email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly any time.
Margot H. Knight
P.S. POST this acceptance letter to your FB page if you have one. Help us get the word out about YOU AND US!