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Wassaic Project 2020-2021 Winter Residency Program Open Call

June 9, 2020

Wassaic Project 2020-2021 Winter Residency Program Open Call

  • Organization: Wassaic Project
  • Submission Deadline: June 9, 2020
  • Event Dates: November 1, 2020 - May 1, 2021
  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Type: Residency
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Wassaic , NY 12592

The Wassaic Project accepts 1 – 6 month proposals for our Winter Residency program (November 2020 – April 2021). The Wassaic Project cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers, curators, filmmakers and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers approximately ten artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. The Wassaic Residency seeks artists working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art-making practices, while participating in a community-based arts organization.

Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the Wassaic Project Co-Directors, Residency Director, 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 will receive an adaptable studio space in the historic Maxon Mills. All studios are roughly 80-100 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. Residents also have access to workshop facilities: a wood shop and a ceramics studio.

Two to three times a month, artists-in-residence are invited to sign up for one-on-one studio visits with Visiting Artists/Critics. Our embedded critics - Ghost of a Dream - also make group studio visits each month, along with our Residency Director and additional WP staff. All residents are invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations, as well as Open Studios towards the end of their residency.

The actual cost of each residency is $5,000 per month, which includes a semi-private studio, private bedroom, full use of our facilities, visiting artist program, studio visits, insurance, and staff support. In an effort to serve and support emerging artists, we attempt 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 artist’s contribution for an individual residency is $700 per month per person.

We also offer 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. We ask that artists who are in a position to fully contribute towards the residency fee please do so.

For more info:

The Wassaic Project is also accepting proposals for our Family Winter Residency Program (November 2020 – April 2021) for artists, writers, curators, filmmakers, and other creatives and their families. Residencies are 1 – 8 weeks in length and families are considered full participants of our residency program, with additional housing accommodations.

The Wassaic Project broadly defines “family” as a group of more than one individual where there is an in-house dependent relationship as a necessary caregiver. The Wassaic Project recognizes that artists who have caregiving relationships, as providers or recipients, often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons. The Wassaic Project aims to provide accommodations which increase access to our residency program. Examples of caregiving may include, but are not limited to: parent/child (parent is caregiver), child/parent (child is caregiver), partner/partner (where one partner is a supportive caregiver of other and cohabitation is required for caregiving), recipient of caregiving, or a self-selection into this application for separate and additional housing space by identifying as a family applicant.

For more info:

- Contact information
- Answer the following question: We believe our residency works best as a creative laboratory untied to outcome. We would like to hear about what makes you curious, what you are interested in investigating, and what your jumping off point would be. (200 words max)
- 1 – 10 work samples
- CV (3 pages max)
- 2 references
- $25 application fee

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