The Edward F. Albee Foundation

BarnSketchWebLocation: Montauk, New York

Mission: The Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance.

Using only talent and need as the criteria for selection, the Foundation invites any and all artists to apply.

Founded in 1967 by Edward Albee, after proceeds from his play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? proved abundant, the Foundation had maintained the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (better known as “The Barn”) in Montauk, on Long Island in New York, as a residence for writers and visual artists.

The Center is open from mid-May to mid-October and can accommodate comfortably up to five persons at a time. Residencies are for both 4 and 6 week periods of time. The standards for admission are, simply, talent and need.

Cost: We wouldn’t dream of asking creative people for money to spend time at what is ostensibly meant to help them get their own careers moving forward at a time when they likely can’t afford to pay any extra fees for anything at all.

Application Fee: Free

Number of Artists: 2 visual artists and 3 writers at a time

Accommodations: Located approximately two miles from the center of Montauk and the Atlantic Ocean, “The Barn” rests in a secluded knoll which offers privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. The Foundation expects all those accepted for residence to work seriously and to conduct themselves in such a manner as to aid fellow residents in their endeavors. Writers are offered a room; visual artists are offered a room and studio space. Residents are responsible for their food, travel, and other expenses. The environment is simple and communal. Residents are expected to do their share in maintaining the condition of “The Barn” as well as its peaceful environment.

Ground Floor: You go in through the main doors; there is a kitchen on the left, and a small dining room / study on the right. Further in you have the laundry room on the left, and a writer’s bedroom on the right (this is the only bedroom on the ground floor). Then there is a bathroom again on the left and a staircase leading to the upper floor on the right. Straight ahead there is a door leading to the two large artists studios.

Studios: The studios are roughly the same size, and they differ only in that one of them abuts the rest of the Barn, while the other leads directly to the outside and has huge barn doors that can be slid open to get fresh air and a good deal of sunlight. Because only the front of the Barn has an upper floor, the studios have two floors worth of open vertical space.

Upper Floor: Once you get upstairs you walk into the commons area. There is a bathroom straight ahead. On the left is a hallway with the bulk of the bedrooms (which are quite close to each other and don’t afford a great deal of privacy, noise-wise). Here you have two artists’ bedrooms and two writers’ bedrooms.

While the Barn does have a fully equipped kitchen with two refrigerators, lots of pots, pans and skillets, plates, glasses, and silverware, a rather unusual looking but totally functional ice cream maker, spices, coffee and a working sink, it is up to the Fellows to stock their own food.

Length of Stay: 4 to 6 weeks, Mid-May through October

Demographic: International and National, emerging to established

Medium: Visual Art, Play Writing, Fiction, and Poetry

Benefits: The Barn hosts an annual summer residency program designed to offer space to five creative persons for four and six week periods between the middle of May and the middle of October. Writers receive a large bedroom equipped with a desk, bed and dresser; visual artists receive a slightly smaller room (with a bed and dresser) and a rather large studio space (forty foot ceilings).

Deadline: 2014 deadline is March 1

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