2021 call for entries: application deadline January 23, 2021
A direct link to our Submittable application portal can be found at the bottom of the Application Guidelines page.
Three things to note:
– we only accept applications from artist/writer residents of New York State and/or Indian Nations therein
– we only accept applications online via Submittable (you’ll need a Submittable account)
– our new accessible space is for artists or writers and includes a roll-in shower, a large studio, and an accessible kitchen
A quiet studio. A beautiful setting. Time for inspiration
Saltonstall offers free residencies to artists and writers who are current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. Our residencies are designed for those looking for a quiet, supportive environment in which to focus on their craft.
In 2019, we piloting a new program: a free 6-night residency specifically for artist/writer parents with at least one dependent child under the age of 18 at home. This new residency was a huge success, and we are pleased to offer it again in 2021. We are not able to accommodate children, spouses, partners, or collaborators. This residency is designed for the artist/writer parent alone!
Our categories include:
Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Photography (film or digital) & Filmmaking
Painting | Sculpture | Visual Arts
Each residency session includes the same combination of five artists and writers: one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, one photographer or filmmaker, and two visual artists. These residencies are designed for individual artists and writers; we cannot accommodate collaborations or partners working together.
All residencies (incl. the 6-night residency for artist/writer parents, the 2-week, and 4-week) function exactly the same way. Each group of five arrives and leaves together, and the application process for all residencies is also exactly the same.
Covid, the unwanted guest
We’re under no illusions: The coronavirus will be with us — in some way — through next summer.
That said, we’re planning a 2021 residency season because we believe we can offer a safe residency experience in a way that is responsible and responsive to the needs of artists and writers while protecting their health and that of our staff and local community.
We are cautiously optimistic because:
our guests are only coming to Saltonstall from within New York State
to-date, Tompkins County has one of the lowest virus positivity rates in the region
we provide private accommodations, including private bathrooms
if necessary, we can offer alternatives to the traditional communal dinner
To all applicants: we will very likely have covid-related protocols in place for the residency season. These may include (but won’t be limited to) a covid-test requirement and some degree of travel restriction before you arrive at Saltonstall.
Please be aware of what we may ask of you if accepted for a residency. We take this pandemic, your health, and the health of our community seriously.
2021 Residency Dates
Our second annual six-night residency for parents*:
Thursday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 9
(*Please note: this residency is strictly for artist/writer parents who have at least one dependent child at home. The residency is designed to be a period of solitude and focus; as such, we ask that children and other family members remain home.)
Our four-week residencies:
Monday, June 14 – Monday, July 12
Monday, July 19 – Monday, August 16
Monday, August 23 – Monday, September 20
Our two-week residencies:
Monday, September 27 – Monday, October 11
Saturday, October 16 – Saturday, October 30
There is no cost associated with the residency and no cost to apply. Artists and writers who are awarded a residency are provided the following:
a $200 stipend for artists/writers awarded the 6-night residency for parents
a $375 or $750 stipend (based on a 2- or 4-week session)
writers: a spacious private apartment with ample desk space
visual artists: a private apartment with adjoining studio space on the same level
photographers or filmmakers: a private apartment with ample desk space and a fully functional wet darkroom
all apartments have private baths and a patio or balcony
hearty chef-prepared vegetarian dinners
all groceries and a 24-hour accessible kitchen
washer and dryer
Saltonstall is located seven miles outside Ithaca, NY in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region.
The residency competition is statewide and is open to residents of New York State and/or the Indian Nations located therein. Residency alumni are now eligible to re-apply every other year!