The Wassaic Residency Program
The Wassaic Residency Program has been created to cultivate and support community for emerging and professional contemporary artists. Housed in a historic re-purposed livestock auction barn and nearby house, the Residency Program offers eight artists the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community and offers three local artists studio space. The Wassaic Project seeks a group of 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.
Participating artists will work intensively to develop, explore, and expand on their practice, meet new peers, and have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Festival. Artists are required to participate in a monthly evening of conversation which will consist of artist’s talks, films, performances, and presentations in the cattle auction ring, followed by a themed round-counter dinner discussion in the luncheonette. These evenings will coincide with open-studios (also required) as well as optional artist-supported community workshops. The Wassaic Project facilitates at least two visits per month of visiting artists and curators who are available to artists in residence for one-on-one studio visits and presentations.
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 accessibly by Metro North ($30 round trip) and staff members make two weekly trips to the grocery store for supplies.