Winter Residency at the Wassaic Project: (Due. June 25)
Description of residency program
The Wassaic Residency Program has been created to cultivate and support community for emerging and professional contemporary artists. Housed in a historic re-purposed livestock auction barn and nearby house, the Residency Program offers 12 participating artists the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community and offers artists studio space. The Wassaic Project seeks a group of 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.
Participating artists will work intensively to develop, explore, and expand on their practice, meet new peers, and have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Festival. Artists are encouraged to participate in a monthly evening of conversation which will consist of artist’s talks, films, performances, and presentations in the Mill library. These evenings will coincide with open-studios (also strongly encouraged) as well as optional artist-supported community workshops. The Wassaic Project facilitates at least two visits per month of visiting artists and curators who are available to artists in residence for one-on-one studio visits and presentations.
Duration of residency
Between one month and six months. Family residents can apply for 1-8 weeks.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Artists, Playwriters/Screenwriters, Writers, Poets, Filmmakers,... everyone is encouraged to apply.
During our Winter Residency residents will stay at our Old Hotel in Maxon Mills — where they will work out of 80–100 square foot studios in converted 19th-century hotel rooms.
It’s a cozier space, but one with plenty of room to experiment: residents are free to undertake large-scale projects throughout the non-winterized mill spaces. While our print shop closes for the winter, residents have 24-hour access to their studios, our wood shop, and our ceramics studio. And they live just a short walk away in one of our two residency houses, the Schoolhouse and the Lodge, where accommodations include a private bedroom, shared living room/study, dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
Fees and support
Summer: $900 per month.
Winter: $600 per month. $900 for family residents.
The value of the Winter Residency is $1500 per month — which includes studio space, housing, and extensive programming, performance, and exhibition opportunities. But thanks to continued support from our donors and granting organizations, all residencies are offered at $600 per month.
Summer: First month’s fee + $50 security deposit due upon signing contract.
Winter: First month’s fee + $50 security deposit due upon signing contract.
Subsequent fees are due at the first of each month. No refunds, sorry. The security deposit is returned within 30 days of the end of your stay. Need to work out a payment plan? Talk to us.
Based on need as self-reported in your application, up to $300 monthly. Our intention is for financial assistance to be given to artists for whom it would be impossible to attend without financial support. If that is not the case for you, please do not apply for assistance. We are unlike other residency programs in that our residency is integrated into our exhibition program — your monthly fee helps us keep both of them running. That said, requesting financial assistance has no bearing on your application.
Expectations towards the artist
Two to three times per month, creative professionals will visit to give public lectures and make one-on-one studio visits with creative professionals our residents. Our embedded critics, Adam and Lauren (of Ghost of a Dream), will lead group studio visits.
All artists are also invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations, and are encouraged to be available on the last Saturday of every month to participate in our Open Studios program.