Program: Family Residency
We 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 we can’t solve all these problems at once (yet!), we have solved the first one: we now offer Family Residencies from September – April from 1 to 8 weeks in length.
We accept proposals for 1 to 8 weeks from September 2016 through April 2017, and will work with each family to accommodate their specific needs. Each Family will be provided with a private house complete with a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and three bedrooms.
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.
STUDIOS + FACILITIES
Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic Maxon Mills. All studios are roughly 100 – 200 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations.
We do not provide childcare for you child/children. They are expected to be under your care, the care of your spouse/partner, or a hired professional at all times over the course of your stay. We can, however, provide you with recommendations for babysitters and fun activities, like the Millbrook Zoo!
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.
WOOD SHOP/METAL SHOP
Residents have 24 hour access to the residency wood shop, located in Luther Barn. Our wood/metal shop is fully stocked and our sculpture fellows are available by appointment to help with small projects. For a full list of what tools we have please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two to three times a month, residents are invited to sign up for one-on-one studio visits with creative professionals.
All artists are invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations. Additionally, two of our permanent residents, Adam and Lauren (Ghost of a Dream), host monthly group studio crits, which will happen toward the end of your residency. See past resident work HERE!
Additionally, all residents are given priority when applying the Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition. See photos of last years exhibition!
In an effort to serve and support emerging artists, we are able to subsidize residencies for all individual artists who do not have other forms of support. Thanks to the generous support of donors and grants, the fee for the Family residency is $900 per month, not including additional fees. We are open to shorter stays at a prorated rate.
Subsidies are not available for artist residencies that are directly supported by a school, state, country, or granting organization. The fee for institutionally-supported residencies is $1900 per month per resident.
Accepted artists will pay their first month’s residency fee + security deposit upon signing their artist contract. Subsequent fees are due at the first of each month. There are no refunds.
We may provide up to $300 per month in additional financial assistance based on artist need. Artists receiving financial assistance will be expected to donate 2 – 8 hours of their time per week working with our staff, depending on the level of assistance received.
Our intention is for financial assistance to be given to artists for whom it would be impossible to attend without financial support. If that is not the case for you, please do not apply for assistance. Financial assistance is provided to reduce financial hardship; our allocation is not based on merit. Each year the amount of financial assistance we are able to give is determined by our budget, which fluctuates annually.
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.
Residents are highly encouraged to bring a car if they have one, but if they don’t, NYC is easily accessible by Metro North ($30 round trip). Buy a train ticket HERE! Staff members make a weekly trip to the grocery store and laundromat. The residency housing, studios and shops are within walking distance to one another.