1 month
Paid by host:

$4,000 artist stipend, artist apartment, chemistry in traditional darkroom, 24-hour access to the state-of-the-art facilities, staff support.

Paid by artist:

Travel, meals, supplies, digital printing + services.

Application guidelines:

Primarily interested in artists who are seriously involved with the medium of photography, and who clearly understand their intentions as an artist. All artists working in photography and related media are eligible to apply to the Light Work artist in residence program. There is no application form or deadline. Please submit a letter of intent, artist statement, 20 images on disk (jpeg files preferred), a resume, and return postage for the application material.

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Light Work

Light Work


Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Work by each artist-in-residence is published in a special edition of contact sheet: The Light Work annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former residents is also part of the Light Work collection.

Studio Information

Artists have access to the facilities 24 hours a day.

Accommodation Information

The fully furnished artist apartment is located within walking distance to Light Work. There are two bedrooms in the apartment. In most cases there will be another artist living in the apartment for at least part of the time.

Technical Information

The color-managed digital imaging lab features Macintosh workstations equipped with flatbed and film scanners, including a Topaz scanner and multiple Imacon units. Output options include Epson 9900, 9800, and 4880 printers that can render continuous gray-scale and color prints onto a broad variety of materials. Artists use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Macromedia Director Studio, Flash, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro software packages, iLife, and more programs. In addition, the traditional lab facility can accommodate just about any black-and-white process from alternative processes to mural printing.


Light Work is located in Syracuse in Central New York. New York City is about 250 miles away.

Contact information

316 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

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