Since 1998, Weir Farm Art Center (WFAC) and Weir Farm National Historic Site (Weir Farm NHS) has welcomed more than 220 artists from across the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, England, India, Ireland, South Africa and The Netherlands have participated in the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program.
The AIR program at Weir Farm NHS selects artists to spend one month living and working at the park. Visual artists apply for residencies in all media and diverse artistic points of view from traditional to experimental. Building on the inspiring artistic legacy of Weir Farm NHS, the WFAC provides support to working artists, through a 10-month residency program with housing and studio space provided. Artists are chosen through an annual call for applicants followed by a competitive jury process.
The AIR program is operated in the Caretaker’s Cottage and AIR Studio which are located right in the middle of the park. The WFAC, under an agreement with the NPS, has managed the acclaimed program since 1998. Through this program, WFAC fosters contemporary artistic expression on site, which is a shared goal among the two organizations. The program is one of approximately 50 such AIR programs that operate in national parks around the country.
While at the residency artists are encouraged to take advantage of all the park has to offer. Depending on the time of year, there will be quiet mornings when artists will have the park all to themselves to days when hundreds of visitors dot the landscape. Grounds are open daily, sunrise to sunset, and the Visitor Center, Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio are open May through October, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. There are many self-guided tours, brochures, and maps available to help artists learn as they explore Weir Farm NHS and the neighboring Weir Preserve or Nod Hill Refuge.