The Wassaic Artist Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Wassaic Artist Residency is an artist-run, sustainable, multidisiplinary arts organization located in our historic hamlet of Wassaic, NY. We facilitate artists, performers, and participants to exhibit, perform, discuss, and connect with art, creative writing, each other, our unique site, and the surrounding community. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to experiment with new ways of working that we share and celebrate during our public programs. Visitors to The Wassaic Artist Residency are invited to see art in new ways in this unique and welcoming setting.

Our programs generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries. The Wassaic Artist Residency´s activities include a year-round artist and writing residency, an annual summer festival/exhibition, and a series of public programs throughout the year including open studios. We also offer studio visits/critiques for artists involved with the organization by guest curators and visiting artists, and artist workshops with community members.

The Wassaic Artist Residency values community engagement, experimentation, and having fun.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Wassaic Artist Residency is a year round residency program that houses 9-11 artists every month. 80+ artists a year.

Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 200-300 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 workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. The residency workshop facilities include a wood shop and a silkscreen studio.
Residents are required to bring everything they need for their creative practice including art materials. Each studio is provided with a table, chair and limited lighting.

**Local artists who do not need living accommodations are encouraged to apply for studio-only residencies.

2013 Artist Residents are invited to exhibit work in the 2014 Wassaic Project Annual Summer Festival. See photos of last years festival!
All artists are required to participate in a monthly evening of conversation consisting of artist’s talks, films, performances, and presentations, followed by a themed round-counter dinner discussion in the residency houses. Artists are also required to be available during monthly open-studios.
Additionally, the Wassaic Artist Residency facilitates one-on-one studio visits with professional artists and curators.

During the summer months in Wassaic we have a silk screen studio available to all residents. Breanne Trammell, our fabulous 2011 Print Fellow and Artist Resident, has started a blog for the printshop which will hopefully answer all your questions about silk screen printing and life and unicorns.
Please refer to the Wassaic Project’s printshop blog for information about silk screen shop:

Residents have 24 hour access to the residency wood shop, located in Luther Barn along with the summer studios. Our wood shop is fully stocked and our sculpture fellows are available by appointment to help with specific projects. For a full list of what tools we have please email

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Collaborative partners willing to share a bedroom

Grants available

FEES In an effort to serve and support emerging artists, all of the residencies offered are subsidized. The value of the summer residency is $1600 per month – this includes studio space, residential space, as well as extensive programming and exhibition opportunities. Thanks to continued support from our donors and grants, our summer residency is offered at $900 per month, per resident (plus $500 security deposit). To further support emerging artists, we award fellowships ranging from $200 to $400 per month, based on merit and artist need. Artists receiving fellowships will be expected to donate between 3 – 10 hours of their time per week working with Wassaic staff and faculty, depending on the amount of their fellowship. **There are payment plans available to accepted artists who are in need. Contact us at with any additional questions. You can also leave us a voicemail at (845) 605-2715.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at a later date

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Metro North to Wassaic station

By plane

Fly to NYC, take train or car

By car

Use a map service such as Google Maps to the address:
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

Nearest airport


Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

The Wassaic Artist Residency
P.O. Box 220
12592 Wassaic
United States of America

Phone: 4087812984

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