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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.



Inspiring a deeper connection to the self and to the world through artistic pursuits, creative collaboration and cultural exchange in a captivating corner of Uruguay.


CAMPO is a creative institute that supports international artists and cross-cultural collaboration by 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 reflection, and serves as an incubator for creative thought, cultural exchange and community engagement.
CAMPO is a Uruguayan foundation and American certified 501(c)(3) non-profit pursuing our mission through multiple divisions and programs including:




where coffee + creativity intersect


annual benefit dinner + art festival

Spanning the beautiful hamlet of Pueblo Garzon, CAMPO’s campus encompasses studios, residences and public spaces across the countryside as well as the village interior.


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 in Pueblo Garzon, an up-and-coming town deep in gaucho country 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.


A chance for creatives to immerse themselves in the nature, culture, cooking and community of this inspiring haven, CAMPO AIR offers four-week residencies, three times a year.

Artists are provided room, board, studio space and dinner five nights a week by the chef-in-residence. While there are no expectations, artists are encouraged to engage with the local community.

Currently, residencies are by invitation only.


As daylight hit the first day of 2016, I was drinking chai, intermittently peeking outside the kitchen window at the Uruguayan cows chomping on my grass. Cartoon-like clouds were smiling down on me, an American woman living on a ranch in Uruguay for the past seven years. In a few months, I would turn 50. I was living my dream.

My eyes scanned the beatific surroundings that inspired my photography, rejuvenated my writing and gave me permission to create and get to know myself. As I listened to the birds sing their summery reveille, I thought about Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant two blocks away and the nearby winery Bodega Garzon, which was listed in the New York Times’ top 50 places to go in 2016: Garzon, Uruguay, my hometown.

Things are happening around here, I thought, scanning my land on the edge of this quirky little village, a place that has been quietly bubbling with a sophisticated food and wine scene. And then, out of nowhere it hit me, served up like a New Year’s Resolution with a capital R: HELP PIONEER GARZON. BUILD AN ARTIST COMMUNITY. THE TIME IS NOW! And just like that, CAMPO was born.

I completed my first artist residency in Wyoming soon after that. On the first day, I stared at the blank walls of my studio paralyzed with fear and doubt. After I wondered, “What am I doing here?” I considered the gift I was about to receive – time and space to do nothing but create. I was so moved that I cried. My artistic self didn’t know anything about support; I came from a business-centric background where creative pursuits were really not an option. Support in the way of a focused residency, whose selection process was based on artistic excellence, was overwhelming and liberating. And so I worked like I’d never worked before, and by the last day of the final week, the walls of my studio were packed with images. A creative slice of me was unleashed.

I knew I had to build CAMPO and offer creative people an opportunity to be just that, creative. I pledged to create a nonprofit organization on 30 acres of my land to develop a place where art, writing and food ideas would flourish as well as inspire my community. I see CAMPO as a thriving must-go place for generations of creatives to come.

-- Heidi Lender, photographer, writer, creator

Yona Backer Cultural Producer + Strategic Advisor, NL | US

Patricia Betancur 
Visual Artist + Curator + Director of Exhibitions at CCE, UY
Kathy Brew Artist/Filmmaker + Curator + Educator + Producer, US
Juan Pablo Clerici Chef + Restaurateur, UY
Veronica Cordeiro 
Independent Curator + Writer + Artist, BRl | UY
Maria Elena Gonzalez Visual Artist + Sculptor, CU | US

Sandra Hegedüs Founder of SAM Art Projects, BR | FR
Fabiana Lopes 
Independent Curator, BR | US
Omar Lopez-Chahoud Independent curator and Artistic Director of Untitled, CU | US
Missy Robbins Chef + Restaurateur, US
Ana Sokoloff
 Art Advisor, CO | USA
Gabriel Pérez Barreyro
 Curator | SP
Soledad Costantini
 Publisher | AR
Ignacio Mattos
 Chef + Restaurateur | US, UY
Fernando Trocca Chef + Restaurateur | AR
Heidi Lender Founder + Executive Director
Gabriela Ravier 
Director of Everything Else
María Eugenia Isgleas Comms Magician
Erika Gutiérrez Canteen Coordinator

Roberto Maiocchi Web Guru
Quiver Design Group Graphic Design Gods
Ana Nuñez House Jefa
Martín Ubal Superman
"Making art is a path to self-discovery and the understanding of how we relate to nature and the culture at large. A place where that journey can occur without pressures of the market but rooted in the experience of connecting to a powerful landscape would contribute to the survival of creativity as a transforming force."

-Rafael Viñoly, Architect + Board member

Be a pioneer. Build CAMPO.

On this raw and inspiring corner of the Uruguayan countryside, we are constructing cabins, artist studios,
an exhibition space, a clubhouse, a food lab and organic gardens. We’re purchasing old houses inside Pueblo Garzon and remodeling them into additional studios. 

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

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December 28 + 29, 2018
Artwork by Gonzalo Papantonakis