Deadline: 19/06/2017

Wassaic Winter Residency

The Wassaic Residency Program cultivates community for emerging and professional artists.

The Wassaic Project’s 2017/18 Winter Residency program
Application Opens: May 15th
Deadline: June 19, 2017, midnight

We accept 1 – 6 month proposals for our Winter Residency program: November 2017 - April 2018. Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors and professionals in their field. Artists and writers will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.

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.

Our winter studios are located in the first and second floors of the Old Hotel in Maxon Mills. Residents will receive an adaptable raw studio that is roughly 100 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 the residency’s woodshop, located on the first floor of Maxon Mills. They also have the possibility to expand on large scale projects within the seven floors of Maxon Mills. Please note that the upper floors of Maxon Mills are not heated.

The Wassaic House Hotel, built in the 1850s by Noah Gridley of Noah Gridley and Son Ironworks, was a direct product of the railroad and functioned as a leisure location where upper class railroad passengers could rest, dine, and socialize. The hotel abuts the Maxon Mills and now serves as our winter residency studio space. Each of the former hotel rooms has been adapted into studio spaces.

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In an effort to serve and support emerging artists, all of the residencies offered are subsidized. The value of the winter residency is $1500 per month – including studio space, residential space, as well as extensive programming, performance and exhibition opportunities. Thanks to our continued support from our donors and grants, residencies are offered at $600 per month, per resident (plus $300 security deposit).

We may provide up to $300 per month in additional financial assistance based on artist need. Artists receiving financial assistance will be expected to donate  2 – 8 hours of their time per week working with our staff, depending on the level of assistance received.

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. Financial assistance is provided to reduce financial hardship; our allocation is not based on merit. Each year the amount of financial assistance we are able to give is determined by our budget, which fluctuates annually.

Accepted artists will pay their first month’s residency fee + security deposit upon signing their artist contract. Subsequent fees are due at the first of each month. There are no refunds.

Our expanded Education Fellowship program awards free 2-3 month residencies in exchange for extensive participation in the Wassaic Project’s education programming, which connects the local community to contemporary artists and artistic practices. Recipients of Fall and Spring Education Fellowships will work primarily as Teaching Artists in our Wassaic X Webutuck program, which builds critical thinking and creative problem solving skills through collaborations between emerging artists and public high school students. Recipients of the Summer Education Fellowship will work as Teaching Artists and facilitators in many of our summer programs including Art Scouts, a free summer camp for K-6th graders, and Art Nest, our drop-in making space. All Education Fellows will gain extensive curriculum-building and teaching experience.

For more information and requirements, click here.



General Info
- Name
- Email
- Address
- Website
- Phone number
- How did you hear about the Wassaic Project?

- How many months are you applying for? Which month(s) are you applying for?  Please indicate your first, second and third choice(s), and any that you cannot attend.
- Are you applying as a collaborative team? If so, please specify if you need separate beds.
- Will you be bringing your partner/spouse?
- Will you be bringing your dog?

- Please provide us with two references: Name, Title, Email, Phone, Website, Relationship to Applicant

Financial Assistance/Work Exchange + Fellowships
- Are you applying for Work Exchange (financial assistance)?  If so, please specify the amount you are applying for and give a brief statement of need (200 words max).
- Are you applying for the Luther Barn Editions Fellowship?  If so, please indicate how your practice would benefit from this Fellowship (200 words max, Summer Program only).
- Are you applying for the 2-3 month Education Fellowship?  If so, you will need to answer some additional questions.  Please make sure to read about the Education Fellowship program HERE.

- Please describe the project you plan to pursue at Wassaic (200 words max).

Work Samples + Attachments
- CV or Publication List (3 pages max)

Please provide 10 items for consideration, including title, year, medium and dimensions.

- If your work is time based or has video documentation, you may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

- PLAYWRITING / SCREENWRITING:  1 or 2 work samples – 30 pages MAX for a play script or treatment.
- FICTION / NONFICTION:  1 or 2 work samples – no more than 30 pages total double-spaced
- POETRY:  at least 2 works samples – no more than 10 pages total

Size requirements:  Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each).

Application Fee: $25

- Please contact us at if you cannot afford to pay the application fee.

Education Fellowship
- What teaching experience do you have and why is working with youth important to you?  Please describe your experiences in detail, especially those that deal with connecting this age group to contemporary art? (500 words max)
-If you were asked to create a hands-on project that translated some aspect of your own practice to children, what would you do? (200 words max)
-Why do you want to be an education fellow at the Wassaic Project? (200 words max)

Wassaic Winter Residency

Wassaic Winter Residency

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