Lighthouse Works


Location: Fisher’s Island, New York

Mission: The Lighthouse Works, a nonprofit arts organization, is devoted to encouraging the development of artists through a fellowship program and to the restoration of the year-round cultural vitality of Fishers Island, New York.

The Lighthouse Works’ primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. We bring artists on fellowship to beautiful Fishers Island, where they are provided with room, board and studio space, giving them ample opportunity for quiet productivity in a serene, supportive environment.

Fishers Island, New York, is a small island located in the Long Island Sound just off the coast of Connecticut. We are accessible by ferry from New London, Connecticut, and by private or commuter boat from Noank, Connecticut. We like to say the island is isolated, but not remote; New York City and Boston are both within three hours of the island, and public transportation from here to any major east coast city is easily accessible.

Cost: Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500 to defray the costs of shipping materials, the purchase of art supplies, and other expenses incurred in making artwork in a remote location; our belief is that no artist should have to spend money to accept the opportunity of a fellowship.

At this time, The Lighthouse Works is only able to offer fellowships to artists living in the United States.

While fellows’ primary obligation is to the solitary pursuit of their creative projects, we do ask every artist to participate in a single studio tour, reading or performance for the public at the conclusion of their fellowship. In addition, fellows have the chance to teach workshops with students or invite them to their studios for a craft talk, and many of our past fellows have taken that opportunity.

Application Fee: $20.00

Number of Artists: Up to 3 Artists at a time

Accommodations: The Lighthouse Works’ fellowship program is unique in its size and intimacy. While other residency programs house artists in private cottages or in communal dorms, on Fishers Island our fellows are housed—well, in a house. Fellows live in the home of Kelly Ramsey and Nate Malinowski, Executive Directors of the program, along with their two playful yet loving cats, Pigeon and Pope. Fellows have private bedrooms but share bathrooms, a kitchen and living space with the directors and the other artists. The house is always stocked with food (with dietary needs accommodated), and most nights the directors cook for—and eat dinner with—the fellows. Past fellows have loved the supportive, familial nature of this arrangement.

The Lighthouse Works has studio spaces in the Ferry Annex Building, located adjacent to the cove where the ferry arrives and departs on the north side of the island. Our studios for visual artists are at least 20’x20′, with great light and views of the ocean. Our writer’s studio is 9’x12′ with a partial view of the water. Please contact us if you are an applicant or prospective fellow and have questions about our studio facilities.

Length of Stay: Up to 6 weeks per fellowship

Demographic: Emerging to established national (USA) artists

Medium: The Lighthouse Works accepts artists working in a wide range of media: fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction; painters, sculptors, those working in video and installation, and other visual artists; musicians and composers. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow.

Benefits: Letterpress print shop, open studios, readings, concerts, workshops for students and adults, fellowship-supported, room, board and studio space

Deadline: October 15, 2013 (Cycle I)

Spring I – March 1 to April 15th 2014
Spring II – May 19 to June 30, 2014
Summer  – TBD
Fall – TBD






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