The Wassaic Residency Program
The Wassaic Project cultivates and supports a 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 Project 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 community-based arts organization.
The Wassaic Project accepts 1 – 4 month proposals for their Summer Residency and Family Residency program (June – September 2023) for artists and writers. Artists-in-Residence are selected by a review committee composed of the Wassaic Project Co-Directors, Director of Artistic Programming, and professionals in the field. They will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
They broadly define “family” as a group of more than one individual where there is an in-house, and dependent, caregiving relationship. They recognize that artists who have caregiving relationships, as providers or recipients, often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons, and they aim to provide family accommodations that increase access to their residency program. Examples of caregiving may include, but are not limited to: Parent/child (parent is caregiver), Child/parent (child is caregiver), Partner/partner (where one partner is a supportive caregiver of other and cohabitation is required for caregiving), A recipient of caregiving, A self-selection into this application for separate and additional housing space by identifying as a Family applicant.
In the final month of the residency, artists will either complete an installation or contribute work to be included in The Wassaic Project Summer Festival. All artists are invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations. Artists are required to be available on the last Saturday of every month to participate in open-studios. Additionally, the Wassaic Artist Residency facilitates one-on-one studio visits with professional artists and curators at least twice per month.
Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. Artists receive studios that are roughly 80 to 300 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations. Artists also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. Each studio comes equipped with a table, chair, and limited overhead lighting. In addition, residents have access to the woodshop (year round) and the silkscreen studio (only open during the summer season).
Artist residents are required to bring all of their own art supplies and linens. The kitchens and houses are fully furnished. Each studio is provided with a table and a chair. Local artists who do not need living accommodations are encouraged to apply for studio-only residencies.
Private bedroom, shared living room/study, dining room, kitchen, and bath.
Farm community in upstate NY. The studios are within easy walking distance of all residency housing. Residents are encouraged to bring a car and/or bike if they have one, but if they don’t, NYC is easily accessible by Metro North ($30 round trip) and staff members make two weekly trips to the grocery store for supplies.