The Wassaic Project

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Wassaic Project is an artist-run, sustainable, multidisciplinary 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.

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Brief description of residency program

The Wassaic Project offers a year round residency program that houses 9-11 artists every month, up to a total of 80+ artists a year.

Depending on the season, summer or winter, artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in either the Old Hotel in Maxon Mills — where residents work out of 80–100 square foot studios in converted 19th-century hotel rooms, or summer studios in the Luther Barn, an historic refurbished livestock barn. All studios are roughly 200-300 square feet.

Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations which includes 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, print shop and ceramics 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 lighting.

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


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.

For a full list of FAQ on our Residency please refer to:

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
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
  • Children
  • 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 $1500 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
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking 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 Project
P.O. Box 220
12592 Wassaic
United States of America

Phone: 4087812984

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