Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts

Artist Retreats in Mt. Carmel, UT

Artist Retreats

Since 1999, the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts has been committed to preserving Maynard Dixon's legacy by providing an official artist retreat program. The Dixon home and studio has become an important destination for visiting artists wishing to partake of the beauty and spirit of Southern Utah where great painters and sculptors, writers and photographers have come for retreats and convivial inspiration for more than seventy years. The cabin, bunkhouse and studio is on the National Register of Historic Places in Mt. Carmel, Utah. The buildings on the Mt. Carmel property were built in 1939, and were restored in 1998-1999.

The Foundation encourages emerging, as well as established artists, to apply. Artists are welcome to apply as a group, or individually. It is anticipated that the majority of the applicant's principle areas of interest will be painting, drawing, sculpting and photography. Our program is designed to provide ample working space and inspirational settings where an artist may work free from the distractions and responsibilities of day-to-day life, and to create relationships with other working artists.

It is the Foundation's intention to have the artist return home having been productive in creating his or her work, with inspiration for future works, and that the overall experience will be one that is cherished for a lifetime.

Non-artist spouses, children and pets are not allowed. There are no exceptions to this rule.

No meals are provided, but restaurants and grocery stores are conveniently located in the nearby towns of Orderville and Mt. Carmel. In certain cases, the kitchen in the cabin may be used. This is a fragile and historic place. Our expectation is that it be treated in that manner. Daily tours of the property occur. Our expectation is that things be kept clean and tidy at all times.


Effective now we suggest a $50 donation per person per day, for all participants staying in the bunkhouse, home or studio. This applies also to individuals parked or camped on the property and using the facilities. This may be paid upon arrival or in advance or at the time a formal application is submitted. To apply, download the Artist Retreats Application (PDF). Upon approval by a special committee reporting to  Susan Bingham, WE will add you to our Interactive Activities Calendar. YOU MAY NOT SCHEDULE YOURSELF WITHOUT APPROVAL.

If you have previously had an opportunity for a retreat you do not need to apply again however must be scheduled through Susan Bingham. Email request to:




We are changing our approach to workshops. Presently we have approved participation through the Scottsdale Artist School and will be inviting other prestigious groups to participate here. Strict vetting will occur for others wanting use of the property.


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