CAMPO is the Spanish word for countryside. In Uruguay, however, it means much more. It stands for the open range, space and freedom. It's an ocean of grass, inspiring a never-ending gallop, connection to the land. To the planet.

CAMPO is the perfect place to create.


CAMPO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) built on an innovative model that weaves together a top-notch artist residency program, a collaborative food lab and a modern lodge:



To be a revolutionary cultural organization, a hub where
creatives feed their spirit and exchange ideas.


CAMPO is an artist colony providing residencies for committed visual, literary, musical, digital and culinary talents from around the globe in a unique rural setting in Uruguay.
CAMPO offers uninterrupted time and space for personal work and a soulful experience, and serves as an incubator for creative thought, cultural exchange and community engagement.


Nestled between South American giants Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is a quirky little country whose personality is both progressive and traditional. It is culturally sophisticated and economically stable. It has more cows than people, more sheep than tourists and enough space to get lost easily.

CAMPO is located on 12 hectares (30 acres) on the banks of a river in Pueblo Garzon, an up-and-coming spot one hour from the glitzy resort town of Punta del Este and 30 minutes from the chic fishing village Jose Ignacio.

Until the 1950s, the town bustled around a wheat mill and had a railway running directly to Montevideo. Now it is a quiet pueblo of 200 residents, slowly growing with international denizens and fast becoming a hub of food, culture and wine. It is the home of celebrated chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant and hotel, as well as Bodega Garzon, Alejandro Bulgheroni’s new state-of-the-art winery and olive oil plantation. And now, the home of CAMPO.
While we gather funds to construct the cabins and clubhouse of CAMPO, we’ve decided to use what we have in front of us – an amazing pueblo with abandoned buildings and empty spaces.

So, from December 15, 2017 to January 31, 2018, CAMPO AIR (artist-in-residency program) will debut! We’ll host pop-up residencies, offering a handful of artists and chefs, both local and international, an opportunity to focus on their work in donated spaces in Pueblo Garzon. For more information, write us at:

*Stay tuned for news about CAMPO salon dinners at Garzon’s corner café, which La Madriguera (the best coffehouse in Montevideo) will take over for the summer.
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Bodega Garzon
Hannah Sandling + Bruno Varela
La Madriguera Café
Nana Lavagna
December 28 + 29, 2018
Artwork by Gonzalo Papantonakis


On her 50th birthday, Heidi Lender—an American self-portrait photographer and writer now living in Pueblo Garzon, Uruguay—decided that she would start a nonprofit that would establish a supportive and inspiring place for creatives to convene. She would donate 12 hectares (30 acres) of her Garzon ranch to the organization, which would center around an artist residency program. She would call it CAMPO.

Around this same time, Luis Fabini—born in Montevideo and famous for his gaucho pictures—was dreaming of his own project 25 km away. He felt pulled to follow in the footsteps of his great grand uncle, celebrated composer Eduardo Fabini, who, in the 1930s, had envisioned an artist colony in Cerro Arequita, Uruguay. Eduardo never saw his retreat realized and Luis was committed to making it happen. As it turns out, Eduardo Fabini’s most famous symphony is entitled Campo.

One day in 2016, a fellow photographer friend encouraged Heidi and Luis to meet. At a gas station café on the coast, they rendezvoused to discuss their respective artist residency ideas—his in the Sierras de las Canas, hers on her land in Garzon. They quickly realized their shared vision and passions and three days later, after visiting the sites of each other’s projects, they unexpectedly fell in love.

Fast forward one year later, and we see Heidi and Luis living together in Pueblo Garzon, plotting the creation of CAMPO. One day, Heidi invites the renowned Uruguayan-born architect Rafael Viñoly to their house “to discuss a project,” as she simply tells him over email. He arrives on a bright summer afternoon with his family in tow. Heidi heads to the kitchen to make coffee, Luis makes introductions.

“Luis Fabini,” he says, holding out his hand.

“Fabini, Fabini,” says Viñoly. “Any relation to Eduardo Fabini?”

“He’s my great grand uncle, yes,” says Luis.

“Ah, once upon a time,” says Viñoly, “my father helped your great grand uncle draw up plans for an artist colony they were planning in Arequita.”

Que locura,” Luis laughs. “That’s what we wanted to talk to you about. We’re creating an artist colony here and we want you to design it.”

“How fantastic!” says Viñoly. “Yes! Let’s make something great.”

And just like that our team was born.

Heidi Lender
Jeremy Lindblad
Bruno Varela
Rafael Viñoly
Kate Betts
Aaron Hojman
Luis Fabini
Lucia Soria
Cruz del Sur Farm
Rory Sparks
We’re starting from scratch. On this raw and inspiring corner of the Uruguayan countryside, we’ll construct cabins, artist studios, an exhibition space, a clubhouse, a food lab and organic gardens. We’ll purchase five old houses inside Pueblo Garzon and remodel them into additional studios.

BUT, we need your help!

CAMPO is an American nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a Uruguayan branch that will only exist with contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Gifts of any size make a huge difference in our dream of fostering creativity.

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