Chinquapin Center for the Arts

Chinquapin Center for the Arts
The Chinquapin Center for the Arts


is located on 40 secluded acres in the Applegate Valley about 10 miles south of Grants Pass, Oregon.  The land is predominantly oak woodlands which surround meadows and a 1/2 acre pond.  The scenery and calm serenity are supportive of the quiet reflection vital to the creative process.  Here there is time and space to walk the meadows, mountains, and forest; to watch the sun come up in the morning, see the stars at night, and listen to the silence.


We believe that there is value in bringing artists of different disciplines together around the table and we welcome artists of any discipline, race, or nationality from any location world-wide.  Painters, writers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, composers; all are welcome.  We provide supported time and space for artists to focus on new work or to move substantially forward with current projects.

What art offers is space

— a certain breathing room for the spirit.

~John Updike

Mission:  The Chinquapin Center for the Arts is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, enhancing creativity,

and supporting the role of art in society.


Vision:    Enriching the local community through the development and expansion of the arts.


The Chinquapin Center for the Arts was incorporated as an Oregon nonprofit corporation in September, 2010.  The property was acquired in January, 2012 and the Center was recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt 501c3 Public Charity later that year.  Copies of the corporate documents are available on request.  The Center is governed by a Board of Directors that serve without compensation.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Steve Radcliffe, spent half his working years in the trades and the other half in a wide variety of professions.  He has devoted over forty years to volunteer service and more than fifty years to playing Bluegrass Music.


 Main House

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     In collaboration with CAiRN:
Cascadia Artist in Residence Network