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We accept 1 – 6 month proposals for our Summer Residency season. Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors and professionals in their field. Artists and writers 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 residency start dates are on the 2nd of each month. We do not offer residencies less than one month, or more than six months.
STUDIOS + FACILITIES
Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 200-300 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations which include a private bedroom, shared living room / study, dining room, kitchen, and bath. Artists also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. The residency’s workshop facilities include a Wood Shop and a Print Shop (silkscreen).
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.
STUDIO ONLY RESIDENCIES:
Local artists who do not need living accommodations are encouraged to apply for studio-only residencies. The fee for a studio-only residency is $400 per month (plus one month security deposit).
The silk screen studio is located in Luther Barn, alongside our summer studios. The silkscreen shop is open to residents during the months of May through October. During these months residents have 24 hour access* to the shop.
Our Print Fellow holds a mandatory shop orientation at the beginning of every month, and is available throughout your stay for print-related questions. Residents who use the Print Shop during their residence are required to donate 1 print in their edition to The Wassaic Project for their records and archive. For more information about our Print Shop GO HERE!
* residents have limited access to the Print Shop when we have a Print Editions artist working in the shop.
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.
The Wassaic Project has a Paragon high firing kiln that uses the cones. This kiln has a low, medium and high setting that is adjusted manually. We also have basic ceramic tools and boards for use.
Max Firing Temp: We have cone 6 available to use (Cone 10 max).
Inner Dimensions: 25″ deep x 28″ wide
Kiln shelf size: 21″ (one full shelf and two half shelves)
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 our past visitors GO HERE
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. See past resident work HERE!
Artists are required to be available on the last Saturday of every month to participate in open-studios.
Additionally, all residents are given priority when applying the Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition.
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
PARTNERS / COLLABORATORS / PETS
Collaborative teams willing to share a bedroom and a studio may share the cost of enrollment, however must pay an additional impact fee of $100 per month. Couples who are both artists (willing to share a bedroom, but who need separate studios) need to apply separately and should make note on their applications that they are a couple. They should also note whether they would be willing to come if their partner was not accepted.
Residents may apply to share the residence space with a spouse or partner via a written request to The Wassaic Artist Residency. 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.
Residents may bring their dog. Dogs require an in-person interview and an additional monthly impact fee of $100 per month. You cannot bring your cat (too many allergies).
FEES & FELLOWSHIPS
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 an individual artist residency is $900 per month per resident, not including additional fees.
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 + $200 security deposit upon signing their artist contract. Subsequent fees are due at the first of each month. There are no refunds. The security deposit is returned within 30 days of the end of your stay. Payment plans are available for accepted artists who are in need.
We may provide up to $300 per month in additional financial assistance based on artist need.
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.
Mary Ann Unger Fellowship
We award 1 merit-based fellowships each season. The fellow receives a fully-funded residency for the month awarded. Unlike receiving financial assistance, the merit fellow is not expected to perform work in exchange.
The Fellow is selected by the Co-directors, the Residency Director, and under consideration of the guest jury. Applicants may apply for both financial aid and the merit-based fellowship, however an artist can only be awarded one or the other per month.
About Mary Ann Unger:
Mary Ann Unger was a celebrated sculptor best known for her large-scale works evoking the body, bandaging, flesh, and bone. She died of breast cancer in 1998. Roberta Smith wrote in her News York Times obituary, “(Mary Ann Unger’s) works occupied a territory defined by Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois. But the pieces combined a sense of mythic power with a sensitivity to shape that was all their own, achieving a subtlety of expression that belied their monumental scale.”
Born in 1945, Ms. Unger was raised in New Jersey and received an undergraduate degree from Mt. Holyoke College in 1967 and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1975. Throughout her career, she had numerous solo exhibitions at the Sculpture Center in New York City, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Klarfeld Perry and Trans Hudson Galleries, both in New York City. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1992, was the recipient of Pollock- Krasner Foundation grants in 1989 and 1995, and was a resident fellow at Yaddo in 1980 and 1994.
Ms. Unger’s works have been reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, and The Village Voice, among many other publications. Her works are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the High Museum of Art. In 2008, the Mary Ann Unger Estate was founded to further the visibility and placement of Mary Ann’s work in public and private collections. The first solo exhibition of Ms. Unger’s work in over ten years took place at the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York City in 2011. Please visit www.maryannunger.com for more information.
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.
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 ($37 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.