Wassaic Project


The Wassaic Project offers a year round residency program that houses 9-11 artists every month. 80+ artists a year.

Our programs generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries.

Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 200-300 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. Artists also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. The residency workshop facilities include a wood shop and a silkscreen studio.
Residents are required to bring everything they need for their creative practice including art materials. Each studio is provided with a table, chair and limited lighting.



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.


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.


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.

For more information:

Summer Residency program

Winter Residency program

Family Residency program


Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation:

The Wassaic Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, uses art and arts education to foster positive social change. We nurture connections between our artists and our neighbors facilitating a mutual broadening of perspectives and respect across economic and cultural boundaries.

The Wassaic Project is an artist-run, sustainable, multidisiplinary arts organization located in our historic hamlet of Wassaic, NY. We facilitate artists, performers, and participants to exhibit, perform, discuss, and connect with art, creative writing, each other, our unique site, and the surrounding community. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to experiment with new ways of working that we share and celebrate during our public programs. Visitors to the Wassaic Project are invited to see art in new ways in this unique and welcoming setting. The Wassaic Project activities include a year-round artist and writing residency, an annual summer festival/exhibition, and a series of public programs throughout the year including open studios. We also offer studio visits/critiques for artists involved with the organization by guest curators and visiting artists, and artist workshops with community members.


Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
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
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Curatorial
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Open call
    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): Summer program: $900 per month per resident; Winter program: $700 per month per resident
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Family Life
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: NYC
    Nearest Train Station: Wassaic, NY
    How to reach by plane: Fly to NYC, take train or car
    How to reach by train: Metro North Harlem Line
    How to reach by car: Use a map service such as Google Maps to the address: 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY 12592
    Street & Number: P.O. Box 220
    Postal Code: 12592
    City: Wassaic
    Country long: United-States