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About The Camargo Foundation

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts.  It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect.  The Foundation encourages the visionary work of scholars, artists, and thought leaders in the arts and humanities.

In 2013 the Camargo Foundation and the Jerome Foundation issued a press release announcing that from now on they will be operating under a single governance and management structure. The Camargo Foundation will continue to organize and host cultural events such as indoor and outdoor concerts, seminars, exhibits, and literary festivals during this time.  The next available Fellowship Program will be in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.  Please visit the To Apply page of this website for further information.

The campus is located at the entrance of the harbor and has a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean and Cap Canaille, one of the highest maritime cliffs in Europe. The buildings and grounds contain thirteen apartments, a reference library, a music-conference room, two studios for composers and/or visual artists, lovely gardens, a Chinese Terrace, and an outdoor Greek Theater.

During the residency program, fellows meet at least once a week for project discussions. The Foundation also offers to introduce fellows to local professionals in their fields and organizes events such as concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, guest speakers, and day excursions. The cultural life in the Aix-Marseille area is rich in theatre, art exhibits, lectures, ballet, music, and cinema.

The Foundation's library is primarily for reference and study purposes. There are several major libraries and research centers in the area, including the Méjanes, the Archives d'outre-mer, and the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire in Aix-en-Provence, and the Archives Départementales, the Bibliothèque de l'Alcazar and the Bibliothèque Municipale in Marseille.

The apartments are fully furnished and equipped. They are centrally heated and cleaned regularly. Bed linen and towels are provided and laundered by the Foundation. A washer and dryer are available at a reasonable price for personal laundry. Partners are welcome, as are children over the age of six who must be enrolled in and attending local schools.  No pets are allowed.

No overnight guests are permitted in the apartments except spouses/adult partners and dependent minors whose residence is requested at the time of the original application. There are several hotels in Cassis where visitors can stay.

There are no telephones in the apartments, but fellows may borrow mobile phones for use during the semester.

Fellows are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer; wireless Internet access is available throughout most of the campus. A photocopier, printer, projector, microfilm reader(35mm), and electric typewriter (American keyboard) are also on the premises.

The Foundation is a five-minute walk from the village and approximately 30 minutes by train, bus, or car from Marseille and Aix-en-Provence . During the residency program, the Foundation provides mini-van service to the Cassis train station and to a large supermarket once a week.

Cassis claims 300 sunny days a year. When the sun is shining, even in winter, the sidewalk cafes, and the Foundation's terraces, are warm enough for midday lunch outside. However, the nighttime temperatures may drop to freezing, so warm clothing is necessary.

Although there is no French language requirement for a Camargo Fellowship, it is highly recommended that fellows be as familiar with the language as possible. Fellows should be fluent in English.

The Camargo Foundation Mission Statement

Some information about the Jerome Hill legacy:


Board of Trustees: Charles Zelle, Chair; Calogero Salvo, Vice Chair; Dr. Gary Nan Tie, Treasurer; Barbara Hunt McLanahan, Secretary; Philip Bither, Carlyle Brown, Patricia Hampl, Elizabeth Streb
Trustee emeritus:  Cheryl Hooper
Executive Directors: Russell Young (1970-1985), Michael J. Pretina (1985-2005), Jean-Pierre Dautricourt (2005-2008)
, Cornelia Higginson & Leon Selig
(2008-2011)
, Cynthia A. Gehrig, President (2013 - )