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RESIDENCY FAQ

 
 

Work

Studio size?
Summer: 200-300 sq. ft.
Winter: ~100 sq. ft.

What are the summer studios like?
Our summer studios are located in refurbished livestock pens in the Luther Barn. We provide two tables, two chairs, and each studio has at least two working walls and some built in storage.

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. We provide a table and chair.

Can I ship ahead art supplies?
Yes. There’s no art supply store in town, so plan ahead. There’s an art supply store 40 minutes away in Poughkeepsie, if need be.

Can I put holes in the walls?
Yes, go bananas. Spackle over anything larger than a pushpin hole before you leave.

What’s available in the Wood Shop?
Inventory list here.

What’s available in the Print Shop?
Inventory list here.

Are shop materials provided?
We have some scrap materials donated by previous residents and our print shop has a few common-use screens, but come prepared with your own wood, metal, ink, etc.

Is there a slop sink?
Only in Maxon Mills.

Any material restrictions?
Nothing flammable or hazardous! Our studios are old and made entirely of wood. And be careful with toxic fumes, especially in the winter studios. No disposing of anything toxic in the sinks — we want to keep our river clean. If you’re unsure about it, ask.

WiFi?
Yes. In both your house and our summer/winter studios.

What is expected of me while I’m at the residency?
We’re not a product-oriented organization, so you don’t need to produce anything while in residence if you don't want to. Our program is open-ended and lets residents make their own studio hours, but all residents are highly encouraged to participate in monthly evenings of artist talks and sign up for studio visits.

Can I sell my work during the residency?
Of course. Open Studios on the last Saturday are a great opportunity to make sales. Artists are encouraged to give a 10% donation to the Wassaic Project of any works sold directly out of their studios.

Is my work guaranteed inclusion in the next summer exhibition?
No, but our goal is to feature artist residency alumni in our summer exhibition (and, generally, we find that our former residents have a good sense of our spirit and what works well in the Mills). Alumni are encouraged to apply and the application fee is waived for the past year's cohort of artists-in-residence.

I’m a family resident — can I leave my kids in the Art Nest while I work?
Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

How does the community service component work?
All residents (except family residents and Education Fellows) are required to work eight hours per month, helping us out with installation/de-installation of exhibitions, the Art Nest, our community garden, office organization, and projects in the larger community.

 

 

Housing

Move-in date?
The second of each month from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Our Residency Director, Will, will help coordinate your arrival/orientation.

Where will I live?
You’ll have a private room in one of our three residence houses: the Lodge, Schoolhouse, or HVA. All of the houses are walking distance from the studios and have plenty of parking. For family residents, you’ll get the whole HVA.

Are meals provided?
No. Residents are responsible for their own meals (and bonds are formed in the kitchen!)

Are there washers/dryers in the houses?
Yes, there’s one washer/dryer setup in the Lodge.

Can I bring a spouse/partner/collaborator?
Yes, with a $100 impact fee. Guests can’t use the studios or workshop spaces unless they also apply and are accepted to the residency program.

What if my spouse/partner/collaborator wants their own studio?
They’ll need to apply separately. Please note whether you’d be willing to come if they’re not accepted, though.

Can I bring my kids?
Yes. Check out our Family Residency! Runs from December–March.

Is the residency/housing accessible for people with disabilities?Our residency is housed in historic spaces that are not accessible. Some of our summer studios have ramp access, but our residency housing and winter studios are up at least a short set of stairs. Our bathrooms are not ADA compliant, but during the summer we have ADA compliant porta-potties onsite. Artists who need to move around, twitch, pace, or not make eye contact are welcome. If you have access needs not addressed here, email us and we’ll work with you to support them.

This access text was adapted from the text developed by the Canaries for Refuge in the Means at Recess Art.

What to bring for the house?
The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, plates, cups, etc. All the standard kitchen stuff. We provide bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets), but bring your bath towel. We’ll keep the bathroom stocked with toilet paper, hand soap, etc.

Do you have extra blankets?
Yes. Talk to us.

What to bring in general?
Art supplies. This is the big one — there are no art supply stores nearby.
Weather-appropriate clothing.
Proper footwear. Be smart — no open-toed sandals in the woodshop.
Towels, extra bedding (we’ll cover sheets, pillows, and a blanket).
Toiletries, medicine, etc. There’s a pharmacy in Amenia.
Bug spray with DEET. Summer gets muggy. Mosquitos and ticks love that.
Headphones. You’re sharing a space — no blasting hair metal at 7am in the Barn.
Ear plugs. You’ll probably get used to the train, but light sleepers may want ear plugs.

What not to bring?
Cats, hot plates, toxic materials. Again, be smart and ask if you’re unsure.

Visitors?
Yes. Any visitors need to be approved by staff and sign a waiver (which is sent to the Residency Director) before their arrival. Visitors can stay with a resident for up to three consecutive days, after which the resident will be charged a $100 per month impact fee.

Composting?
In the summer.

How many artists are in residence each month?
9–12, in 9 bedrooms. Each artist or artist team gets their own bedroom with the appropriate number of beds.

 

 

Life in Wassaic

What’s it like?
Our residency houses and studios are located throughout the hamlet. Local attractions include a post office, a small general store, the Wassaic Park, and The Lantern Inn. 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 Luther Barn's studios. It’s a quiet town, and we love it.

Getting around?
We recommend bringing a car, but NYC is easily accessible by train via Wassaic’s Metro North stop ($37 round trip). Staff members/residents make weekly grocery runs. Housing, studios, and shops are within walking distance.

Mail?
We have a PO box at the local post office (two minutes from the Mill).

Pets?
Dogs, with an interview and $100 per month fee. Cats, no (allergies, sorry). Anything else? Ask us.

Hiking?
Tons. Bring DEET bug spray, and check for ticks.

Daycare?
We don’t provide it, but we can recommend great local babysitters.

Can I visit before my residency?
Yes, email will@wassaicartistresidency.org to schedule a visit.

 

 

Programming

What are my studio visits 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.

 

 

Fees and Fellowships

Fee?
Summer: $900 per month.
Winter: $600 per month. $900 for family residents.

Studio-only fee?
$400 per month (summer only, not available to family residents).

Payment schedule?
Summer: First month’s fee + $50 security deposit due upon signing contract.
Winter: First month’s fee + $50 security deposit due upon signing contract.

Subsequent fees are due at the first of each month. No refunds, sorry. The security deposit is returned within 30 days of the end of your stay. Need to work out a payment plan? Talk to us.

Financial support?
Based on need as self-reported in your application, up to $300 monthly. 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. We are unlike other residency programs in that our residency is integrated into our exhibition program — your monthly fee helps us keep both of them running. That said, requesting financial assistance has no bearing on your application.

Are fellowships open to international applicants?
Yes.

I’m receiving funding from my school/state/country, does that change things?
Yes — the individual artist fee is a subsidised rate. In these cases, you’ll be responsible for covering the full value of the residency: $1,500 per month, or $1,900 per month for family residents.

What if I need to leave early?
It happens. Unfortunately, fees aren’t pro-rated, so you’ll still be responsible for the full fee.

 

 

Applying

When are applications open?
Summer: December 3–January 14.
Winter: May 14–June 25.

Are writers/filmmakers able to apply?
Yes!

I’m a mid-career or established artist, should I still apply?
Yes! Our applicant pool usually consists mostly of emerging artists, but we encourage everyone to apply.

Are applications open to international residents?
Yes.

I’ve been a resident before — can I reapply?
Yes. No waiting period.

Can I apply for a shorter/longer residency?
We do not offer residencies less than one month, or more than six months. Family residents can apply for 1–8 weeks.

How does the review process work?
Applicants are evaluated by a review committee composed of our Co-Directors and professionals in the field. Residents are selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.