Open Call: 2021–2022 Winter Family Residency
This Deadline Expired: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Apply online by May 5, 2021, midnight EST.
The 2021–2022 Winter Family Residency, through the Wassaic Project, open call is officially live.
Residencies are 1–8 weeks in length and applicants accepted through this program are considered full participants of our artist residency program. Residents receive a semi-private studio space(s), a private 4-bedroom house (all utilities included), access to our wood shop and kiln, staff support, and studio visits from artists and creative professionals.
The Wassaic Project broadly define “family” as a group of more than one individual where there is an in-house, and dependent, caregiving relationship. The Wassaic Project recognizes that artists who have caregiving relationships, as providers or recipients, often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons. We aim to provide family 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)
- A recipient of caregiving.
- A self-selection into this application for separate and additional housing space by identifying as a Family applicant.
The Wassaic Project cultivates and supports a community for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers, and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers between nine and thirteen artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. They seek 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. The Wassaic Project welcomes and values participants of all identities and backgrounds.
Two to three times per month, creative professionals will visit to give lectures and make one-on-one studio visits with our residents. 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 Open Studios program.
Fees, Fellowships, and Financial Assistance
The actual cost of each residency is $5,000 per month, which includes a semi-private studio, private bedroom, full use of our facilities (wood shop, print shop, and ceramics studio), 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. Due to COVID-19 and facilitating a modified program — where each artist, collaborative team, or group of two or more artists receives a private residency house — the residency fee is $1,600 per month per family.
We 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. We ask that artists who are in a position to fully contribute towards the residency fee please do so.
Our Work and Family Fellowship also offers no-fee residencies and $500 honorariums to several family residents per year. In your application, please take some time to reflect on the ways in which care and caregiving, whatever those words mean to you, come through (or might come through) in your work. It’s okay if this isn’t something you’ve considered before. We think of this fellowship as a starting point towards building a future where artists shape the way society sees and values care.
Applicants are evaluated by a review committee composed of Wassaic Project’s 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 interact positively with the community at large.
They’ll also be hosting an info session on April 21st and office hours on April 27th. Looking forward to seeing your applications!
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