Deadline: 25/06/2018

2018-2019 Family Winter Residency

The Wassaic Project accepts 1–4 month proposals for our Winter Residency program: December - March.

The Wassaic Project’s 2018/19 Winter Residency program

Application Opens: May 14th

Deadline: June 25, 2018, midnight

Description of residency program
We recognize that artists who have families often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons: residencies don't often take children, events happen late at night, childcare is expensive. Bowie, Jeff and Eve (Wassaic co-founders) have kids; they're all artists. They have families that they want to be with and not away from.  And they ALSO want to connect with other artist peer groups and build community.  While we can't solve all these problems at once (yet!), we have solved the first one:  we now offer Family Residencies from December - March from 1 to 8 weeks in length.

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.

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 Eckstrom and Lauren Was (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.

Duration of residency
The Wassaic Project accepts 1 - 8 week proposals for our Winter Residency program: December 2018 - March 2019.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Artists and writers of all disciplines are encourged to apply and will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.

While our print shop closes for the winter, residents have 24-hour access to their studios, our wood shop, and our ceramics studio.

Families will receive a private house with one master bedroom, 3 additional bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

Studio/ workspace
Our winter studios are located in Maxon Mills in converted hotel rooms from the 1920s. Studios are heated and kept at a comfortable temperature. The studios are semi-private and roughly 100 square feet, with 8’ partition walls which are open on top. We provide a table and chair.

Fees and support
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 $900 per month (and are pro-rated for shorter stays).

We are, however, able to offer up to $300 in need-based (as self-reported in their applications) financial assistance to residents for whom it would be impossible to attend without financial support. 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. Financial assistance is provided to reduce financial hardship; our allocation is not based on merit.

Expectations towards the artist
We’re not a product-oriented organization, so you don’t need to produce anything while in residence if you don't want to. Our program is open-ended and lets residents make their own studio hours, but all residents are highly encouraged to participate in monthly evenings of artist talks and sign up for studio visits.

Application information

Contact info
CV or publication list (3 pages max)
Brief project proposal (200 words max)
Work samples (see below)
Two references

For artists:
10 work samples, including title, year, medium, and dimensions.

Size requirements: images, up to 5MB each; video, up to 250MB each; audio, up to 30MB each; PDFs, up to 10MB each

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

For playwriters/screenwriters:
1 or 2 work samples. 30 pages maximum.

For fiction/nonfiction writers:
1 or 2 work samples. 30 pages (double-spaced) maximum.

For poets:
At least 2 work samples. 10 pages (double-spaced) maximum.

For education fellowship applicants:
- 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)

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Contact info:

The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

2018-2019 Family Winter Residency

2018-2019 Family Winter Residency

United States of America

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