THE GROWLERY'S MISSION

To create a free live-work environment for artists and intellectuals that will encourage creative production, discussion, and reciprocal influence among members of our diverse community.

About the growlery

growlery \grou-‘ler-ē\ noun; a place of refuge or retreat.

The Growlery is a privately run artist residency centrally located in San Francisco’s historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Residencies at the Growlery range from one to three months. Artists live rent-free in a beautifully restored Victorian-era home and have the opportunity to work in a small, diverse group of peers. 

Among the Growlery’s first residents were a photographer, a graffiti artist, a woodworker, and an installation artist. The Growlery has worked with sculptors, muralists, textile artists, and is open to individuals from other disciplines. 

Artists interested in a residency may propose an idea for a project, part of a larger work, or a series of pieces they intend to complete while in residence. The Growlery is currently at capacity for 2017, but is accepting applications for 2018.

In addition to residencies, the Growlery has commissioned murals, sculptures, and installations, and continues to accept proposals from interested artists.

Artists with questions should direct their inquires to contact@thegrowlery.org.

About the founder

While studying informational graph theory in Budapest in her early 20s, Jean Chadbourne, future founder of The Growlery, took off for Transylvania with nothing more than a small backpack with a change of clothes and a large knife. One night, while stranded in a small village, an old woman who spoke no English welcomed Jean into her home, insisting on killing a chicken to feed her foreign guest. Jean was so touched by the woman’s hospitality that she decided that very evening to establish a living space for fellow dreamers.


Known to many as “the Beige Ghost”, Jean earned her degree in mathematics from Reed College, where intense academic pursuits are augmented by adventurous self-expression. She’s a video game enthusiast, sci-fi and fantasy fanatic, and retro-futurist; in other words, she puts the tron in patron. Some say she embodies the intellectual rigor of Archimedes with the refined taste of Peggy Guggenheim and the horrific singing voice of Florence Foster Jenkins. A Bay Area native, she never brags about her sharp parallel parking skills. She enjoys candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, souped-up electric vehicles, and real hip-hop.