2020 Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Program: (Due Nov. 1)
Description of residency program
Since 1998, Weir Farm Art Center (WFAC) and Weir Farm National Historic Site (Weir Farm NHS) has welcomed more than 220 artists from across the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, England, India, Ireland, South Africa and The Netherlands have participated in the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program.
Duration of residency
The AIR program at Weir Farm NHS selects artists to spend one month living and working at the park.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Visual artists apply for residencies in all media and diverse artistic points of view from traditional to experimental. Building on the inspiring artistic legacy of Weir Farm NHS, the WFAC provides support to working artists, through a 10-month residency program with housing and studio space provided. Artists are chosen through an annual call for applicants followed by a competitive jury process.
In 1883 the Caretaker’s Cottage, originally constructed around 1861, had been repaired and renovated to house the Weir family’s tenant farmer and family, including 9 children. We have taken great care to make sure that it is equipped with all the comforts of home. Artists will find a comfortable living area with small library, bedroom with a full-size bed, full bath and fully equipped kitchen (full size fridge, stove, microwave, coffee maker, pots and pans, and all glasses and dinnerware). All linens (sheets/pillow cases, blanket and comforter, bath and kitchen towels) are included. Also provided are paper towels, toilet paper and bottled drinking water. The residence sits in the middle of the 60-acre Weir Farm NHS and is one of the park’s many historic structures.
Fees and support
The only fee associated with this residency is the $35 Application Fee. Artists are responsible for the cost of travel to and from Weir Farm National Historic Site. Artists are also responsible for the cost of shipping supplies or artwork to and from the site.
The application for residency may be submitted online via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at: Weir Farm Art Center, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Requirements include a description of your proposed project, two letters of reference, and information about your artistic work such as education, training, and artistic achievements, as well as examples of current work. You are also welcome to submit supplemental materials such as magazine articles, exhibition materials, etc.
The AIR program is operated in the Caretaker’s Cottage and AIR Studio which are located right in the middle of the park. The WFAC, under an agreement with the NPS, has managed the acclaimed program since 1998. Through this program, WFAC fosters contemporary artistic expression on site, which is a shared goal among the two organizations. The program is one of approximately 50 such AIR programs that operate in national parks around the country.
Expectations towards the artist
While at the residency artists are encouraged to take advantage of all the park has to offer. Depending on the time of year, there will be quiet mornings when artists will have the park all to themselves to days when hundreds of visitors dot the landscape. Grounds are open daily, sunrise to sunset, and the Visitor Center, Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio are open May through October, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. There are many self-guided tours, brochures, and maps available to help artists learn as they explore Weir Farm NHS and the neighboring Weir Preserve or Nod Hill Refuge.