Location: Wassaic, New York, United States
Mission: The Wassaic Residency Program cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers nine artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. The Wassaic Residency seeks artists working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art making practices, while participating in a grass roots, community-based arts organization.
In addition to the Summer Residency (described above) we also offer several other residencies:
Winter Residency (Nov – Apr)
Education Residency (Fully Funded – 3 awarded a year)
Family Residency (first 2 weeks of May)
October Lab (invitation only – inquiries welcome)
Cost: Thanks to our continued support from our donors and grants, residencies are offered at $900 per month, per resident (plus $500 security deposit). We award additional fellowships ranging from $200 to $400 every month, based on merit and artist need. Artists receiving fellowships will be expected to donate between 3 – 10 hours of their time per week working with our staff, depending on the amount of their fellowship.
Number of Artists: About 22 per year summer residency
Accommodations: Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 200-300 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations which include a private bedroom, shared living room / study, dining room, kitchen, and bath. Artists also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. The residency workshop facilities include a wood shop and a silkscreen studio. There are print and sculpture fellows available to residents who need help with specific projects. Residents are required to bring everything they need for their creative practice including art materials. Each studio is provided with a table, chair and limited lighting.
Length of Stay: We accept 1-6 month proposals for our Winter Residency Season, 1-5 month proposals for out Summer Residency Season, and 1-4 week proposals for our October Lab. Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors and professionals in the field. They will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
Demographic: Artists 21 and over. National and international emerging and mid-career artists.
Benefits: Monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations, the last Saturday of every month open-studios, one-on-one studio visits with professional artists and curators, residents may apply to share the residence space with a spouse or partner via a written request, residents may bring their dog, New York City is easily accessible by Metro North ($30 round trip), wood shop, silk-screen shop, and staff members make a weekly trip to the grocery store for supplies.