Faculty Member Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Director of the Wassaic Project Artist Residency

Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Residency Director
PO box 220 Wassaic, NY 12592
Jeff@wassaicproject.com 401.663.9663

MEDIA ALERT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1st, 2010
The Wassaic Project is pleased to announce the creation of:

THE WASSAIC PROJECT ARTIST RESIDENCY
2010 Summer Season
Residency Dates: May 1st – August 31st, 2010

DATES AND DETAILS
The Wassaic Project Residency Program has been created to cultivate and support community for emerging and professional contemporary artists. Housed in a historic re-purposed livestock auction barn, the artist-in-residence program offers eight artists the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community and offers three local artists studio space. The Wassaic Project seeks a group of artist 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 grass roots, community-based arts organization. In the final month of the residency, artists will either complete an installation or contribute work to be included in The Wassaic Project Summer Festival 2010. Applications must be received by February 1st, 2010.

The residency includes a studio, accommodation, access to workshop facilities, and all of The Wassaic Project events. In the final month of the residency, artists will either complete an installation or contribute work to be included in The Wassaic Project Summer Festival 2010. The residency fee is a flat rate of $800 per month per resident. Fellowships are available and will be awarded based on demonstrated need as well as the strength of the proposal. Fellowship amounts range from $100/month to full cost. To apply for a fellowship check the “apply for fellowship” box, and provide a short statement detailing your financial need. Artists receiving fellowships will be expected to donate between 3 – 10 hours of their time per week working for The Wassaic Project, depending on the amount of their fellowship.

Collaborative teams (willing to share a bedroom) may share the cost of enrollment, however, must pay an additional impact fee of $100 per month. Residents are welcome to bring partners to The Wassaic Project residency but must also pay the additional monthly impact fee. Pets are negotiable and will require an additional fee. Local artists who do not need living accommodations are encouraged to apply for studio-only residencies. The fee for a studio-only residency is $400 per month.

STUDIOS + FACILITIES
Artist will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 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. Artist also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space. The residency’s workshop facilities will include a modest wood shop, a large format inkjet print room, and a silkscreen studio. We are working to build other workshop facilities and are open to hearing artist’s suggestions.

PROGRAMMING
Participating artists will work intensively to develop, explore, and expand on their practice, meet new peers, and have the opportunity to participate in all of 2010 Summer Programming. Artists are required to participate in a monthly evening of conversation which will consist of artist’s talks, films, performances, and presentations in the cattle auction ring, followed by themed round-counter dinner discussion in the luncheonette. These evenings will coincide with open-studios as well as artist-supported community workshops.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Deadline: Artists must submit their digital application by February 1st, 2010 11:59pm. Notification of Acceptance: March1st, 2010. Accepted applicants will 3 weeks to commit to attending the residency. Application Procedure: Click on “Apply” link below. You will be directed to a digital form where you will attach your CV, up to 10 slides, personal info, and type of request (ie. studio + living space / studio space alone, etc). Each applicant will have to pay a $15 application fee and include the paypal confirmation number with their application. Note: All applications will be reviewed by The Wassaic Project directors and artists will be selected on the basis of quality of work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large. Pay: the $15 application fee via paypal.

APPLY
You will be notified of acceptance by March 1st. You will have two weeks to confirm your acceptance. Upon confirmation you will be required to pay a $200 deposit and your first month’s fee, with the remainder due on the first of each month, till completion of the residency. A cancellation with more than 30 days notice will result in return of 50% of deposit. There are no refunds after start date of residency. Contact us at info@WassaicProject.com with any additional questions.

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