The Wassaic Residency Program cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artis, 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 Residency 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 grass roots, community-based arts organization.
Summer Residency and Winter Residency
We accept 1-6 month proposals for our Summer Residency season (May – October) and for our Winter Residency season (November-April). Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors and professionals in their field. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large. Summer studios are in the historic Luther Barn, and winter studios are in the Old Hotel in Maxon Mills.
We accept proposals for 1 to 8 weeks from October 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 will be selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors and professionals in their field. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
Our expanded Education Fellowship program awards three free 2-3 month residencies in exchange for extensive participation in the Wassaic Project’s education programming, which connects the local community to contemporary artists and artistic practices. Recipients of Fall and Spring Education Fellowships will work primarily as Teaching Artists in our Wassaic X Webutuck program, which builds critical thinking and creative problem solving skills through collaborations between emerging artists and public high school students. Recipients of the Summer Education Fellowship will work as Teaching Artists and facilitators in many of our summer programs including Art Scouts, a free summer camp for K-6th graders, and Art Nest, our drop-in making space. All Education Fellows will gain extensive curriculum-building and teaching experience. For more information, click here.
**Education Fellowship applicants should apply for the Summer Residency or Winter Residency, and will have the option to apply for the Education Fellowship in the normal residency application.
October Lab + Screenwriting Fellowship
October Lab and Screenwriter Fellow applications are accepted on an invitational basis only. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
Print Editions Program
We believe it is vital to provide both emerging and established artists with space and expertise to produce new work. To that end we have developed the Wassaic Project Print Editions Program as an extension of our Artist Residency Program. Our Print Fellow, a master printer, works closely with each artist to create an image maximized for the silkscreen process and prints the edition in tandem with the artist to ensure the highest quality prints. We are very proud of the work that is produced in Wassaic.
Past Editions Program Artists Include:
Adam Parker Smith, Alex Paik, Amanda Lechner, Caitlin Berrigan, Carl D’Alvia, Carolyn Salas, Danielle Durchslagg, Danielle Mysliwiec, Eliza Myrie, Ghost of a Dream (Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom), Glendalys Medina, Jackie Saccoccio, James Siena, Jen Dalton, Joshua Frankel, Judith Eisler, Kirsten Lamb, Lisa Iglesias, Michael Waugh, Michelle Leftheris, Molly Dilworth, Nick Vaughn and Jake Margolin, Pamela Council, Paul Outlaw and Jen Catron, Rob de Oude, Sara Jones, Shane Morrissey, Shannon Finnegan, Shanti Grumbine, Steph Benenson, Susan Hamburger, Tara Cooper, Thomas Broadbent & William Powhida
The Wassaic Project provides:
- Our Print Fellow: a master printer to help develop the image, separations and print the edition
- Up to $200 worth of paper costs: (WP stocks Arches 88 in White, $200 = 40/sheets)
- Our silkscreen studio: to create and print the edition including screens, exposure unit, and basic ink colors for custom mixing (our shop is only equipped for screen printing)
- Housing for up to 5 nights in Wassaic: which we expect to be ample time to complete your edition.