The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers artists and writers a chance to get away from it all and focus on creating.

Jentel is located on a 1,000-acre working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan along Lower Piney Creek Road. It features numerous buildings clustered around the main ranch house, which was built in 1945.

There are communal spaces for research, recreation, food preparation and dining. Each artist and writer is also offered a private, furnished accommodation and a light, airy workspace conducive to creating.

Residents are free to choose their mix of private time to create and interaction with peers and the community.

At the end of each month-long residency, the artists and writers participate in “Jentel Presents,” a unique opportunity for the Jentel residents to meet community members and share about their experience and what they were able to create in the wide open spaces east of Sheridan.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program first became a thought in the mind of local artist and philanthropist Neltje in 1998. It welcomed its inaugural group of four visual artists and two writers on Jan. 15, 2003. Prior to that a pilot residency program was held in March 2001 in a temporary facility and in Neltje’s own studio.

Neltje has said her dream was to offer artists and writers time away from the demands of daily life to think, gather, digest and create. She is proud of the heritage she will leave with the Jentel Artist Residency Program.


More information

• Location: 130 Lower Piney Creek Road Banner, WY 82832

• Phone: 307-737-2311

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• “Jentel Presents” is held from 5:30-7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the workshop at Sagebrush Community Art Center, located at 201 E. Fifth St. in Sheridan. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments are served.