Currently, Volland is able to host three residents at a time in private living spaces: The Loft, the Little House and Grimm-Schultz Farmstead. Most of the living spaces and studios are accessed by stairs. Each living space has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility. Towels and linens are provided. There is a utility sink in the lower level studio of the Volland Store. If your medium or practice is exceedingly messy, arrangements can be made. Please make a note in your application.
Living and studio spaces are provided free of charge. A $250 stipend is provided to the two-week residents. A $500 stipend is awarded to the 4-week residents. Each resident is responsible for their travel and living expenses including food, toiletries and art supplies. Artists are responsible for their own meals. Shared evening meals are a pleasant time for interaction and may be arranged by the residents at their discretion.
Living Spaces –
at The Volland Store
On the second level of The Volland Store is a place to read, write, dream, cook a simple meal, and listen to good music. The Loft at The Volland Store has good books, original art, a tidy kitchen, and a brick-walled bathroom with big windows. The light-filled space overlooks the surrounding Flint Hills as well as the gallery below. The Loft has good internet and is well-suited for writers, poets, and practitioners of disciplines using computer-based and research-based methods. Although there is currently limited studio space, we will work with visual artists to provide a space that adequately fills their needs.
Photo by Mike Sinclair
The Little House at Volland
The Little House offers the same amenities as the Loft, with a slightly larger footprint and larger seating area. The “kit” house was a Gordon-Tine Bungalow and was delivered by train to Volland sometime in the mid-twenties. It was re-imagined into an open space filled with light in 2017-18 by the Design+Make studio of fifth-year architecture students from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design at Kansas State University. The class received a Merit Award for Architecture from AIA-KC for their innovative design in 2019.
In 2022, El Dorado Architects, in collaboration with Design+Make at Kansas State University and College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University was honored with an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for Volland House #1, Honorable Mention.
Set in a former railroad town in the heart of the Flint Hills (population one), the “Little House” is a short walk down a country road to the historic Volland Store. The “Little House” has good internet and works well for writers, poets, Plein air painters, and practitioners of disciplines using computer-based and research-based methods. Although we currently have limited studio space, we will work with artists to provide a space that adequately fills their needs.
Volland’s next-door neighbor, the Grimm-Schultz Farmstead, was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on October 5, 2020. The Farmstead is comprised of a historic limestone home on a working ranch with stone outbuildings. As neighbors, The Volland Foundation and the Grimm-Schultz Farmstead collaborate in supporting creative work in the arts, sciences and humanities. The main house has been beautifully and sensitively restored by its new owner. A living space and studio are available to the Volland Residency program, when their schedule allows.
The Blacksmith Shop
The Blacksmith Shop sits adjacent to the Volland Store. Roughly 17′ x 35,’ the Blacksmith Shop has plugins on three sides, a sliding door and water spigots either side of the structure on the outside of the building. Bathrooms and a kitchen are nearby in the Volland Store. Please note this space has neither central heat nor air conditioning. It is subject to the elements!
Lower Level of the Volland Store
The Volland Store Lower Level space is ~24′ x 24.’ There are plug-ins along two walls, an industrial sink (24” x 21” x 13”), shelving for supplies, work tables, good lighting, a fridge/freezer, and two bathrooms with showers. Please note that this level holds many of the Foundation’s supplies, and staff will likely need some level of access to the space.