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Artist Residency Program

Residencies to USA, Canada, and International
Artists for Artistic Development at a New York Arts Center

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The Watermill Center

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International artists to develop their artistic practice in a residency program at an arts center in Water Mill, New York. This residency program provides artists with the opportunity to develop their craft and to critically challenge, investigate, and extend the pre-existing norms within their discipline.

About the Residency:

The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individual artists take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice. Artists-in-Residence share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, workshops and artist talks.

The Artist Residency Program is a communal program, there are multiple residencies occurring concurrently, with anywhere from 3-15 artists on site at a given time. It is integral to Watermill’s programming that artists live and work with other Artists-in-Residence as well as the local Long Island community.

Residency Requirements:

Artists-in-Residence are required to participate in In Process @ The Watermill Center, which invites the community to engage with our Artists-in-Residence on select Saturday afternoons through open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures or artist talks. Workshops and other community events are strongly encouraged. Each artist is also encouraged to have an education component to their residency. Watermill staff will work with you to design an educational activity.


The Watermill Center provides local transportation, housing, and workspace as part of the Artist Residency Program. During the course of the residency, residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, and travel to and from Watermill, and also production expenses such as art materials and supplies, and equipment rentals. Watermill will provide a modest reimbursement to offset these expenses. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

If the artist initiates it, The Watermill Center will supply signed letters of support for outside funding and can offer advice for potential funders to underwrite or assist.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180705

Term of Contract:

Residencies are scheduled by mutual agreement between the accepted Resident Artist and Watermill during the following months:
-January – June
-September – December

Residencies can be scheduled for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks during the above mentioned fall/spring periods.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2020 Artist Residency Program are open from March 5 – May 13, 2019.

Admission to the program is by selection only. The Watermill Center uses SlideRoom to gather applications and work samples for its Residency Program. All material must be submitted via the online portal through SlideRoom. There are NO exceptions.

The online application portal will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples). There is a $10 USD fee per proposal that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website. This fee doesn’t go to The Watermill Center, but is paid directly to SlideRoom.

Step-by-step application instructions are available on the SlideRoom application portal.

A Selection Committee convenes at the end of June to review proposals. Announcement of application status is made in late August/early September.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.