The Young Artist, Studio Artist, and Fellow Artist program are fully funded competitive programs. Artists receive room, board, studio, and access to facilities. The Young Artists and Studio Artists participate in a work-exchange in return for their accommodations and access at SAW. Fellow Artists are fully-funded and no work exchange is required.
Travel costs to and from the program, cost of consumables and materials while onsite.
Founded by Anthony Cafritz in 2005, Salem Art Works supports emerging and established artists dedicated to creating new, progressive work, and promotes understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the region. Based upon this tenet, SAW offers opportunities in four focal areas: cultural events, exhibitions, educational workshops, and artist programs.
With opportunities for artists at all career stages, Salem Art Works residencies support the exploration of new projects and ideas free from everyday pressures and concerns. Artists may apply to three subsidized residency opportunities. These residencies for SAW Fellows, Emerging Fellows, Studio Artists and Young Artists, take place June through September, and range from two weeks to two months.
Designed with an Artist's career path in mind, an artist may participate in all three programs over the course of their career, or any one program. While in residence, artists are encouraged to expand their practice by experimenting with new or unfamiliar materials and methods. Scheduled activities include; presentations, studio critiques, open studios, and resident artist exhibitions - designed for artists professional development at any stage of their career.
SAW program recipients receive free accommodation and meals, studio, full access to SAWs facilities, and one complimentary workshop. This year, SAW will award up to 4 Fellow positions, 2 Emerging Fellow positions, 10 Studio Artist positions, and 8 Young Artist positions for a total of 24 subsidized residency opportunities. An artist may also choose to apply to SAW’s self-funded Independent Artist program on a rolling basis throughout the year. In this program, an individual artist or group of artists customize their access to SAWs facilities, studios, accommodations, and technical support to build their own residency experience. There is no limit to the number of times an artist may apply and participate as an independent artist or group.
All of SAWs programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Residents may camp, stay in a trailer or 'art house / cabin' or one of the three farm houses onsite.
All facilities and artist studios are located in repurposed dairy barns and houses throughout SAW’s 119.4 acre campus. Both individual and shared studio spaces are available, allowing artists to work in a private or communal setting. A limited number of indoor studios are available for artists whose equipment, materials, or work would be negatively impacted by open air studios.
SAW has a full metal shop for welding, foundry for casting iron and aluminum, state of the art blacksmithing facility, stone carving tools and materials, woodshop, glass shop with glassblowing and casting capabilities, and ceramics studio for creating work and firing in a wood-fire Anagama kiln. SAW’s resources are available for use by all artists, regardless of discipline. Technical assistance is always available for artists who are unfamiliar with any equipment or materials. One-on-one tutorials/workshops are available upon request for residents who desire further instruction, for an additional fee.
The rural landscape of Salem Art Works sprawls 119.4 acres in the rural Washington County, NY. They host a rotating roster of sculptures by regional, national, and international artists throughout the Cary Hill Sculpture Park. The park has 5 renovated barns that serve as sculpture shops and studio spaces.