May through October
Apply between Dec 3 and Jan 14
Our summer studios are in the Luther Barn. It’s airy, and it’s historic (built in 1875), and it’s right in the heart of town. Residents work out of 200-300 square foot refurbished livestock pens under wood beam ceilings (or outside, if they'd like). They have 24-hour access to their studios, our print shop, our wood shop, and our ceramics studio. And they live just a short walk away in one of our two residency houses, the Schoolhouse and the Lodge, where accommodations include a private bedroom, shared living room/study, dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
It's a chance to spend a month or more in a community of dedicated artists. But it's also a chance for residents to become part of the Wassaic community: to get to know their neighbors at the Lantern (and let loose on karaoke nights), explore Wassaic’s swimming holes, scale nearby mountains, hold outdoor potlucks, and wolf down pancakes at fundraiser breakfasts for the local fire department. Summer in Wassaic is magical, and it’s weird, and it inspires some great art.
Two to three times per month, creative professionals will visit to give public lectures and make one-on-one studio visits with creative professionals our residents. Our embedded critics, Adam and Lauren (of Ghost of a Dream), will lead group studio visits.
All artists are also invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations, and are encouraged to be available on the last Saturday of every month to participate in our Open Studios program.
fees, fellowships, and financial assistance
The value of the Summer Residency is $1,500 per month — which includes studio space, housing, and programming, performance, and exhibition opportunities. Thanks to continued support from our donors and granting organizations, all residencies are offered at $900 per month.
We also offer up to $300 in need-based financial assistance to residents for whom it would be impossible to attend without financial support. Financial need is self-reported by artists in their applications.
Residents with education experience are encouraged to apply for our Education Fellowship, which awards no-fee 2-3 month residencies in exchange for extensive participation in our education programming. And our merit-based Mary Ann Unger Fellowship awards a no-fee one-month residency to one resident each summer.
Collaborators and partners
We love collaborative teams. Teams and couples willing to share a bedroom and a studio may share the cost of enrollment, but will incur an additional impact fee of $100 per month. Couples who need separate studios should apply separately.
Because we're an artist-run organization focused on strengthening and supporting our community, all residents (except our Education Fellows) are required to work eight hours per month during their time in Wassaic. Residents work alongside staff members and help us with installation/de-installation of exhibitions, the Art Nest, our community garden, office organization, and projects in the larger community. It’s our way of prioritizing community development: we want artists and Wassaic locals interacting, collaborating, and working together.
Applicants are evaluated by a review committee composed of our Co-Directors , Residency Director and professionals in the field. Residents are selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to engage with the community at large.
Photos by Verónica González Mayoral