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The primary benefit of the residency is the use of the Corten flat (or equivalent) as a private residence and working space. The luxurious flat is fully furnished, beautifully decorated and filled with original West Virginia contemporary art. 

The arrival and departure date will be determined by the creative. The residency must be no shorter than two weeks (14 days) and no longer than six weeks (42 days). The residency must be scheduled between December 1 - March 31.

Fayetteville, a bustling tourist destination from May-October, turns into a sleepy small town in the winter and will provide the creative with a relaxed pace of life and opportunities for interaction with the diverse and eclectic people who make their home here. The adjacent New River Gorge National Park provides room to roam and opportunities to commune with nature in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States.

New River Gorge Creative Residency
at Lafayette Flats

Applications for the residency will be accepted each year until November 1. Interviews will be conducted with finalists. The chosen creative will be notified by November 15, 

Applications should be forwarded to

Letters of recommendation should also be sent to directly from the individual providing the recommendation. The applicant's name should be included in the subject line of the recommendation email. A telephone interview will be conducted with the references of the candidates under consideration.

2015 - Eric Shonkwiler

2016 - Mary Ann Henry

2017 - Kathleen M. Jacobs

2018 - Wendy Welch

2019 - Rosalie Haizlett & Matt Browning

2020 - Carly Thaw & Kimberly Trathen

2021 - Jessica Sands & Amy Pabst

It is our desire to support the development of creative people by providing a unique opportunity for at least one creative each winter to live at Lafayette Flats. The creative(s) will use this time and space to develop their skills, to devote time to a particular project, and to assist us with our goal of creating a fresh narrative for West Virginia.

A cover email that includes your contact information and the dates you would like to arrive and depart (two week minimum and six week maximum from Dec. 1 - March 31). 

A statement of why you would like to be awarded the residency and your scope of work while in Fayetteville.

A CV of no more than 4 pages.

The names, telephone numbers and email addresses of the two people who will be providing letters of recommendation.

Two current letters of recommendation for the residency submitted by your references.

A complete application includes the following documents: 

Creating a fresh narrative for West Virginia

The creative will live on site the entire time of the residency. This residency is designed to be a solitary retreat; frequent absences and visitations are discouraged.

The creative will be asked, but not required, to provide one essay to the owners reflecting on his or her experience during the residency. The essay will be shared as a blog post on 

The creative will be required to place a $250 refundable security deposit prior to check-in, but otherwise will live and work rent-free for the duration of the residency.

The creative will be responsible for all other living costs during the residency. No meals or other necessities will be provided. There are laundry facilities on site.

Past Creatives in Residence


For this residency, creatives are defined as writers and visual artists. We are looking for people who are interested in contemporary Appalachia and people who possess a willingness to help craft its fresh narrative. The successful candidate will be a person of integrity who can be entrusted with the Lafayette Flats building and its contents.

171 N. Court Street
Fayetteville, WV 25840
(304) 900-3301

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