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2021 Residency Program for New York State Artists & Writers

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2021 Residency Program for New York State Artists & Writers

  • Organization: Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
  • Submission Deadline: January 23, 2021
  • Award Info: $200 - $750 stipend
  • Type: Residency
  • Eligibility: State
  • Categories: Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

Located outside Ithaca, NY, the Saltonstall Foundation awards free residencies to artists and writers who are residents of New York State and Indian Nations therein. We support artists and writers working in the following disciplines:

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Photography & Filmmaking
Painting | Sculpture | Visual Arts

NEW in 2021: Accessible space for an artist or writer! We are currently building an accessible addition. It includes a private accessible living space with a roll-in shower, a private accessible studio (for a visual artist or writer), a shared accessible kitchen and dining area, accessible laundry facilities, and an adjoining private suite for a personal care assistant if needed.

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.

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.


A Saltonstall residency is a small community. We strive to provide a quiet, inviting, respectful, and nurturing community for creative individuals looking for uninterrupted time to focus on their craft.

There are just five individuals in residence at a time: one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, one photographer or filmmaker, and two visual artists. Each group of five arrives and departs at the same time.

We believe in and value a diverse community of creative individuals. To that end, we hope that all artists and writers feel welcome to apply for a residency, regardless of one’s level of education, experience, race, age, sex, religious belief, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or national origin.

There is no cost to attend Saltonstall and no application fee associated with this application. Additionally, to help offset travel to Ithaca and other personal expenses, we have increased our stipends to $750 for each month-long Fellow, $375 for each two-week Fellow, and $200 for each artist/writer attending the six-night residency for parents.

All applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must be residents of New York State or Indian Nations therein ** (all counties). Residencies are for individual artists and writers. We are unable to accommodate groups or pairs of people working together. It is expected that those selected for a residency live at Saltonstall for the duration of the residency period.

Dates for our 2021 residencies are as follows

Our second annual six-night residency for artist/writer parents:

Thursday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 9

Please note: this residency is strictly for artist/writer parents who have at least one dependent child (under 18) at 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

Applicants may apply for either our pilot 6-night residency for parents or the month-long residency or a two-week residency (not a combination). For those applying for the longer residencies, you will be given an opportunity to rank your choice of dates within the application.

All applicants (including those applying for the six-night residency for parents) may apply in more than one artistic or literary category, however a complete and separate application for each category is required.

Past Saltonstall Fellows (residency alumni) are welcome to apply. Work samples must be different than the work for which an alum was previously awarded the residency.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 23, 2021

- We convene a different jury for each discipline. Jurors serve anonymously and change each year.

- Your application is considered solely on the merit of your work sample and your artist's and writer's statement.

- Your work and statement are presented anonymously to the jury, and it is the only part of your application that they see.

- All applicants are notified on or before April 2, 2021.

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