Deadline: 25/06/2018

2018-2019 Winter Residency

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

The Wassaic Project’s 2018/19 Winter Residency program

Application Opens: May 14th

Deadline: June 25, 2018, midnight

Description of residency program
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.

Duration of residency
The Wassaic Project accepts 1 – 4 month proposals for our Winter Residency program: December 2018 - March 2019.

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

Artists and writers of all disciplines are encouraged 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.

All artists-in-residence live just a short walk away from the studios and center of town in one of our two residency houses, the Schoolhouse and the Lodge, where accommodations include a private bedroom, shared living room/study, dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

Studio/ workspace
Our winter studios, roughly 100 sq. feet, 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, 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 $600 per month.

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.

Accepted artists will pay their first month’s residency fee + $50 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 no fee 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 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. All Education Fellows will gain extensive curriculum-building and teaching experience.

For more information and requirements:

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)

Contact info:

The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

2018-2019 Winter Residency

2018-2019 Winter Residency

United States of America

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