Frequently Asked Questions
What is the history of the town and organization?
What is the relationship between the Wassaic Project & the Wassaic Artist Residency?
Selected artists from the Wassaic Artist Residency are featured in the the Wassaic Project’s annual festival. Both of these organizations were founded by the same amazing people and were created with the same mission in mind. They are both Artist-run.
What is our mission?
The Wassaic Artist Residency exists to provide a genuine and intimate context for art making. We hope to strengthen local community by increasing social and cultural capital through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art.
When do we accept applications?
The residency has two open calls every year. Applications for our SUMMER Residency Program open December 11th are due January 22nd. Applications for our WINTER Residency Program open May 15th and are due June 19th.
What materials and information will I need to apply?
When are residency fees due?
Once an artist has been accepted, their security deposit is required upon confirmation of their participation in our program. They will be responsible for paying their first monthly fee upon signing and returning their residency contract. Payment plans are available for artists in need. All subsequent monthly fees are due one month prior to the start of your residency. There are NO REFUNDS.
What fellowships can I apply for and how are they awarded?
Fellowships range from $100 – $400 and are awarded based on exclusively on need.
The number of fellowships we awarded every year is directly related to our annual budget. Our program is designed to break even.
Are fellowships open to international applicants or US citizens only?
Fellowships are open to all applicants.
What if my residency is being paid for by my school, a grant, my state or country?
If you are receiving funding from your school, state, or country, you will be responsible for paying the full value of the residency ($1900 for the summer, $1400 for the winter). Our fellowships are intended to directly support individual artists. For questions about the full value of our residency go here.
If I am receiving my deposit back, how soon will it be refunded after I finish my residency?
Deposits are returned within 30 days of your residency end date.
LIFE IN WASSAIC
How do I get to Wassaic?
Wassaic is the last stop on Metro North’s Harlem Line. It is a 2 hour train ride from Grand Central Station in New York City. One-way tickets are $24 peak, $17.75 off-peak. Please get your ticket via Metro North Getaway Package – you’ll save some $ AND Wassaic Project gets a small donation!
The residency is a 2 minute drive from the Wassaic train station. Taxis are available from the station to the residency houses (Fare is ~$6). Soon you will be able to walk along the Rail Trail from the station to our doorstep.
Can I visit Wassaic before my residency?
Yes, by appointment only. You must contact a wassaic staff member to arrange your visit. Email: email@example.com to schedule a visit.
When would I move in?
Residents move in on the 2nd of each month. We do not accept proposals for less than one month (except for our Family Residency Program). We do not accept proposals for more than six months.
How many artists are in residence each month?
There are between 9 and 11 artists in residence each month in 9 bedrooms. Each artist or artist team gets their own bedroom with the appropriate number of beds.
What is the town of Wassaic like?
The residency houses and studios are located throughout the small hamlet of Wassaic. Local attractions include a post office, a small general store, the Wassaic Park and The Lantern Inn Bar and Restaurant. All of these are within walking distance to each other. There is a shallow creek that flows alongside the road and a large expansive field just outside the Luther Barn Studios. It’s a quiet town and we love it!
How will I get my mail?
There is a Wassaic Artist Residency PO Box where residents can receive mail. The post office is a two-minute walk from residency houses and the studios.
Do I need a car during my residency?
No. A car is convenient but definitely not necessary. Our staff makes weekly trips to the store and laundromat for residents without cars and there is a Dial-A-Ride service available in Dutchess County.
What should I bring?
-Art supplies – there are no art supply stores in Wassaic.
-Towels, plus any additional bedding you may need (we’ll provide sheets, pillows and a blanket)
-Special food – if you have special dietary needs, please bring these things with you as the grocery store may not have them.
-Headphones – so you can listen to music in your studio without disturbing your neighbors.
-Ear plugs – the train runs through Wassaic throughout the night, so bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
-Weather appropriate clothing and shoes – check the local weather before packing! The current temperature in Wassaic is listed at the bottom of this page!
-Toiletries, medicine, vitamins, prescriptions. There is a pharmacy in Amenia accessible by car.
-If you are going to be using the woodshop, please bring proper footwear (closed-toed).
-Bug spray with tick-repellant (like DEET) for the summer months.
-Silk screen supplies if you will be working in the summer silkscreen studio – for a list of the silk screen supplies that we do provide, go here.
What should I NOT bring?
Your cat, a hot plate, your TV, toxic materials, anything illegal…
How far away is the grocery store/drug store/pharmacy?
There is a very small general store within walking distance of the studios and residency houses. A drug store (with full pharmacy) and a large grocery store with a full produce, dairy, meat, and health food section are a 5 minute drive away. They are 3 miles north, which is also an easy bike ride.
What is expected of me while I’m at the residency?
The residency program is open-ended and leaves residents to make their own studio hours. Residents have 24/7 access to their studios and the workshops. Residents are expected to participate in monthly evenings of artist talks. Two to three times a month, residents are invited to sign up for one-on-one studio visits with creative professionals. To see a list of past visitors go here!
What happens if I need to leave early?
Residency fees are not pro-rated, so if you need to leave early, you are still responsible for your entire monthly fee. You must be checked out by the Residency Director in order to ensure your security deposit is returned in full.
Can I leave Wassaic to work during my residency?
Leaving from time to time is fine, but working a steady job while in residence is not recommended.
Does the residency compost?
We compost during the summer months, not during the winter months. Residents are responsible for bringing their own compost to the compost pile.
Yes! There is lots of beautiful hiking trails around Wassaic area. If you are going to hike, please be aware that during the warmer months the whole Dutchess County area has the highest concentration of ticks per square mile in the country. So cover your legs! For more information about how to protect against ticks, go here.
Can I have a visitor?
Yes. Any visitor coming onto the premises needs to be approved ahead of time by staff. Visitors need to sign a waiver before their arrival which must be sent to the Residency Director in advance of their arrival. Visitors can stay with a resident for up to three consecutive days, after which the resident will be charged a $100/month impact fee.
Can they work with me in the studio?
Yes if they have been pre-approved, signed their waiver, and provided their waiver to the Residency Director.
Can my visitor bring a pet?
Guests are allowed to bring pets on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately cats are never permitted due to allergies.
When is my move in date?
Residencies start on the 2nd of every month. Residents must arrive on the 2nd and are required to attend orientation. Our Residency Director will be in touch to coordinate your arrival.
What will my house be like?
There are three residency houses: the Lodge, HVA and the Schoolhouse. The Lodge is two stories with 5 bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen, living room, large outdoor deck and laundry in the basement. The deck has a small grill and overlooks a large back yard. The Schoolhouse is one-story with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, a finished basement, a small front porch, and a large unfenced front yard. The HVA (reserved for our Family residents) is two stories with 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, kitchen and a large living room. All of the houses are located a few minute walk from the studios and each other. There is plenty of parking at the houses.
Will I have a private bedroom and bathroom?
You will have a private bedroom and will share a bathroom. Each bedroom has a bed (TWIN & FULL sizes), a dresser, a lamp, and a closet.
What is provided for me in the houses?
Our residency houses are fully furnished and have high-speed internet. Houses are heated in the winter; there is no air conditioning in the summer months. We also provide basic household supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, dish & hand soap, and cleaning supplies. Kitchens are equipped with fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots, pans, plates, glasses, silverware and other basic kitchen appliances. If you are a vegetarian and need meat-free pots and pans, you must bring your own.
Are meals provided?
No, residents are responsible for all their own meals.
Can I bring my pet with me to the residency?
Dogs and birds are welcome. Cats are not permitted due to allergies. If you have another pet that you would like to bring (lizard, snake, mouse, etc.), please contact us to inquire. All animals require an interview.
Do you provide towels, a pillow, and bedding?
Pillows and bedding, YES; Towels are not provided, so please bring your own.
Do you have extra blankets?
Is there internet in the houses?
Yes! There is high-speed internet in both residency houses.
Is there a washing machine or dryer in the residency houses?
Yes! As of December 2017 there is a washing machine and dryer in The Lodge available for residents’ use.
Can I bring my spouse/partner to live with me during my residency?
Yes! Residents may apply to share the residence space with a spouse or partner via a written request on his or her application. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. There is an additional monthly impact fee of $100 when bringing a spouse or partner.
Can I bring my child/children to live with me during my residency?
Yes! We are now proud to offer a Family Residency during November – May. More info:
Can I bring a collaborator to live with me during my residency?
Yes! Collaborators willing to share a bedroom and studio spaces can share the cost of the residency with an additional $100 monthly impact fee. Collaborators must apply together.
Is resident housing accessible for persons with disabilities?
If you are a person with a disability, please contact us directly and we will do our best to accomodate your needs.
What materials/facilities does the residency provide?
Each resident has 24/7 access to their own semi-private studio space. 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). If you need additional equipment or furniture in your studio, please bring it with you.
What are the summer studios like?
Our summer studios are located in Luther Barn, which was once a home for a variety of livestock up until 2002. Studios are ~200-300 square feet and come with two tables, chairs and limited overhead lighting. Each studio has at least two working walls and some built in storage. The barn is set into the hillside and has a large field out front. To see photos of our summer studios go here! For a history on the Luther Barn go here!
What are the winter studios like?
Our winter studios are located in Maxon Mills in converted hotel rooms from the 1920s. Studios are heated and kept at a comfortable temperature. The studios are semi-private, with 8’ partition walls which are open on top. Studios range in size and are approximately 80-100 square feet. To see photos of our winter studios go here! For a history on Maxon Mills go here!
Can I put holes in the wall?
Yes. Any holes larger than a pushpin need to be spackled over before you leave.
What tools does the woodshop have?
For a full list of woodshop supplies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the Wassaic staff be available to help me with my projects?
We have a Print Shop Fellow/Master Printer (for summer months) and a Wood Shop Fellow who are there to answer your questions while in the shops. Shop techs hold an orientation at the beginning of your residency and are available to answer specific questions by appointment. Shop orientations are required for all residents.
Is there a slop sink?
Neither the summer studios nor the winter studios have slop sinks. In the winter studios, the water source is a small bathroom sink on the first floor of the studios. In the summer studios, there are two small bathroom sinks as well as an outdoor hose. All water in the studios is unheated.
What tools does the silk screen studio have?
The silkscreen studios has a limited amount of screens and supplies that residents can borrow for a small fee. For a full list of supplies, go HERE.
What mediums can I NOT use while in residence?
No flammable or hazardous materials are permitted.
The winter studios do not have good ventilation, so no materials with toxic fumes. If you use resin or other toxic and/or smelly materials, you will need to work in the unheated portion of the mill where your fumes will not bother the other residents in their studios. Any chemical that needs specific disposal and cannot go down the drain will need to be approved ahead of time.
In the summer studios, there is more ventilation, but you need to be mindful of how you dispose of chemicals and art supplies. Chemicals cannot be poured down the drain as it will enter the river. Any chemical that needs specific disposal and cannot go down the drain will need to be approved ahead of time.
Is there internet in the studios?
Yes, there is high-speed internet in the studios.
Are the studios accessible for persons with disabilities?
If you are a person with a disability, please contact us directly and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
What will my studio visits be like?
We arrange 2 – 3 studio visits per month. Guests include critics, gallerists, artists, curators, and the Wassaic Project Co-Directors. They are somewhat informal and can last anywhere from 20 -45 minutes depending on the visitor’s schedule. For a list of past Visiting Artists head HERE.
Are artists able to sell work during the residency?
Yes, residents are free to sell work at anytime out of their studio. In recognition of the contact building and press outreach that The Wassaic Artist Residency does on your behalf, we ask that you donate 10% of all sales made out of your studio. If the sale is arranged directly through the Wassaic Project, a 50% commission is expected.
If I was already a resident and I want to come back for another residency, do I have to re-apply?
Yes. You can re-apply immediately to come back – no waiting period is required.
If I participate in the Wassaic Artist Residency, will my work automatically be included in the Wassaic Project summer exhibition?
Artists in residence during 2016 through December 31st, 2016 are not automatically included in the 2017 Summer Exhibition. However, application fees for residents of the previous year are waived, and their applications go through a different review process than those that are received through the open call.
What is required of me for Community Service? How many hours per month does that entail?
We care about our community! Because The Wassaic Project is an artist-run organization focused on strengthening and supporting our community, ALL residents* are required to work 3 four hour blocks per month during their time in Wassaic. Residents will work alongside staff members on administrative and physical projects like preparing for exhibitions, installation, de-installation, office organization, etc., and sometimes out in the larger community. This is a cooperative community effort and deepens the connection between our artists and our community. It’s an expression of our values and our priority of community development: artists and the existing community in Wassaic interacting, collaborating, and working together.
*this is not required for our family residents as well as the Education Fellows