Open call for family residencies at the Wassaic Residency
The organizers of the Wassaic residency recognize that artists who have families often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons: residencies don't often take children, events happen late at night, childcare is expensive. Bowie, Jeff and Eve (Wassaic co-founders) have kids; they're all artists. They have families that they want to be with and not away from. And they ALSO want to connect with other artist peer groups and build community. While they can't solve all these problems at once (yet!), they have solved the first one: they are offering Family Residencies from January - May from 1 to 8 weeks in length.
Their winter studios are located in the first and second floors of the Old Hotel in Maxon Mills. Residents will receive an adaptable raw studio that is roughly 100 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio. Artists also have access to the residency’s woodshop, located on the first floor of Maxon Mills. They also have the possibility to expand on large scale projects within the seven floors of Maxon Mills. Residents are required to bring everything they need for their creative practice. Each studio is provided with a table, chair and limited lighting. We do not provide any art materials.
The Wassaic House Hotel, built in the 1850s by Noah Gridley of Noah Gridley and Son Ironworks, was a direct product of the railroad and functioned as a leisure location where upper class railroad passengers could rest, dine, and socialize. The hotel abuts the Maxon Mills and now serves as our winter residency studio space.
How to apply
They accept proposals for 1 to 8 weeks from January through May, and will work with each family to accommodate their specific needs. Each family will be provided with an individual lodge complete with a kitchen, laundry, bathroom, and two bedrooms - one for you, the parent(s), and one for your children. Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors 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. Notification of acceptance will be given within 30 days of the application due date. Accepted applicants will have 7 days to commit to attending the residency. After confirmation, resident’s security deposit and the first month’s fee are due.