Chashama North

Name of Residency: Chashama North ( ChaNorth )

In 2006 Chashama opened the ChaNorth international artist residency in Pine Plains, New York.  The ChaNorth residency offers the opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to work and live in the Hudson Valley for four weeks. Annually the program hosts 49 artists during six 4-week sessions running from April through November. ChaNorth accepts applications in all creative fields, including but not limited to visual arts, choreography, writing, music composition, and performance. National and international artists are welcome to apply.

ChaNorth upholds the storied tradition of the Hudson Valley by providing local and international artists with a supportive and secluded environment in which to create new work. The artist residency is embedded in the rural communities of the surrounding towns, serving as a cultural resource for the Hudson Valley. The program offers networking, exhibition and teaching opportunities and promotes awareness and understanding of visual arts in a rural community through engagement with the artists. ChaNorth also sustains a successful partnership with McEnroe Organic Farm to supply healthy, fresh produce for the artist residency through a work exchange program.

For international artists, we can provide letters of support, but each artist is responsible for arranging their own visa. Artists enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply to ChaNorth.


ChaNorth offers

  • one fellowship award, per season, for a young artist under 30;
  • two solo show awards
  • an annual curated alumni show.

Both solo shows and the group show are presented, the following year, at Chashama exhibition spaces in New York City.

ChaNorth fosters a strong alumni community, offering artists various exhibition opportunities including 2019 LIGHT YEAR, Manhattan Bridge Public Art, video exhibition.


During the ChaNorth residency, artists have multiple opportunities to share their work and network with others, including 2-3 studio visits per session from critics, curators, gallerists, and residency directors. Previous studio visitors have included: Nora Khan, a writer focused on emerging issues within digital art and the philosophy of technology. Will Hutnick, artist and curator residency director at the Wassaic Project, NY. Junho Lee, Founding Director of NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, Olga Dekalo, Assistant Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester, New York and many others.


Artists are invited to participate in an evening of artists’ talks and presentations, at the Pine Plains Free Library and participate in the Open Studios program. Both events are open to the public.

Pine Plains Library in Partnership with ChaNorth offers artists to create and lead an hour-long free community art workshop. The library offers for each artist a $50 payment for teaching.

Resident Artists can apply to exhibit their work at the Pine Plains Library.

Fostering community engagement and strengthening and supporting our local community, ChaNorth collaborates with McEnroe Organic Farm’s Education Garden where resident artists are asked to participate in 3 hours of work exchange each week.In return, our shared kitchen is stocked with fresh produce and whole grains. Shared meals act as the anchor of the program, resident artists gather once or twice a week for a potluck dinner.


Each year, ChaNorth invites a cohort of jurors to review applications and make recommendations for our finalists.
The application process is in two stages: The Jury Panel will shortlist artists, shortlisted artists will be asked for a 10 -15 minute Skype/phone interview to be scheduled from February 2020. Artists are selected based on quality and commitment to their work, their project description, and their ability to interact positively with the community. ChaNorth accepts at total of 49 artists for the 2020 summer season.


Application Fee is $30 to cover administrative costs, like involving a jury panel and conducting phone/skype interviews. Thank You for your understanding.

Cost of Residency, four-week session: $950. The fee is highly subsidized, thanks to Chashama generous support of donors and grants.

Residency fee includes:

  • private room
  • private studio
  • fully stocked kitchen

The fee does not include:

  • transportation costs to and from chaNorth ( except one scheduled pick up on the day of arrival at 4:15 pm in Wassaic Train Station, if needed.)
  • artists’ materials cost

Artists who wish to apply for the Fellowship Award or the paid Teaching Opportunity can state one or both in their application. 

All selected artists can apply for alumni Solo Show Awards, the yearly selected Group Show in New York City and other ChaNorth and Chashama Opportunities. 


  • Preferred session period
  • Artist statement and Statement of Interest in chaNorth Residency: (200 words or less)
  • Third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements (250 words or less)
  • CV
  • Work Samples, including a work in progress, studio image
  • 1 professional reference
  • workshop program, if you wish to apply to be considered to lead a workshop at the Pine Plains Free Library, its a paid opportunity

For collaborative artists wishing to share studios/accommodations

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Residency Programme since: 2006
Description of Organisation: Chashama supports artists by giving them space to create and present their work, while fostering community development through the arts.

Chashama was founded in 1995 in response to the lack of affordable space for emerging artists in New York City. Since then Chashama has provided space to create and present for 15,000 artists.

Chashama supports artists through the following programs:

Workspace Program
Presentation Program
Youth Partnerships
Curatorial Services
chaNorth Residency

Organisation founded in: 1995
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at a later date
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Meals
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Other
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Pine Plains Free Library, providing payed teaching opportunities for ChaNorth Artists and exhibition opportunities
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $950
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): chanorth residency offers artists multiple opportunities to introduce, share work and network. *Fellowship award, we award one merit-based fellowship for a young artist, age under 30, for the summer residency session. *Solo show award, Chashama exhibition space, New York city – awarded to one artist from current year (2018) resident artists. *Selected group show, Chashama exhibition space, New York city – selected from an open call from current year (2018) resident artists. *Studio visits 2-3 times per session from curators, critics, gallerists, residency directors from NY and other art professionals. *Each session culminates in an Open Studio event that is open to the general public.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: New York City, All Airport,
    Nearest Train Station: Metro-North, Wassaic, NY and Amtrak,Rhinecliff, NY
    How to reach by plane: New York City, All airports
    How to reach by train: Metro-North to Wassaic, NY StationPlease see schedule: to Rhinecliff, NY stationPlease see schedule:
    How to reach by car: 2600 Route 199Pine Plains, NY12567
    Street & Number: 2600 Route 199
    Postal Code: 12567
    City: Pine Plain, NY
    Country long: United-States
    2600 Route 199
    Pine Plain, NY 12567 United-States
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