Fellow Artist

Above are four chain-link fabric sculpture studies created by John Ruppert during a three week fellowship. The photos were provided by John Ruppert. In order, the titles are Land Sturgeion, Wave Tunnel, Three Sheets, Yellow Land Sturgeion (the last image is of a work in progress).

SAW awards fellowships to emerging to established artists for the exploration and creation of new work. Visual artists working in any medium, as well as writers, choreographers, musicians, and performers, may apply.

Accepting Applications DECEMBER 15-January 31


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Successful applicants are typically mid-career or established artists, however, an emerging artist who believes his or her work to be of exceptional merit may apply. 

The Fellowship ranges from two to four weeks. While most residencies take place June through September, SAW does have a limited number of opportunities for fellows wishing to conduct residencies at other times during the year.

Artists receive room, board, studio, one complimentary workshop and access to SAWs facilities. SAWs facilities include; blacksmithing, ceramics, CNC machine, foundry, glass, screen printing, metal fabrication, and the wood shop. 

Residents will be responsible for the cost of travel, materials, and skilled labor. All residents, including Fellows, help cook family style dinners with a crew of staff and other residents. Fellows can anticipate cooking once every other week. Fellows may participate in studio visits, critiques, presentations, and artist exhibitions.

+ Program Summary

For Who
Emerging to established Artists

All media

June thru September

2-4 Weeks

Room, board, studio, access to facilities, and one complimentary workshop

Travel, materials, and skilled labor

Positions Available
4-6 positions

+ Application Details


  • Applications Accepted: December 15 to January 31
  • Recommendation Letters: Thursday January 31, 2019
  • Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019 Midnight Eastern Hemisphere
  • Notification: March 15 to April 15

Who Can Apply?

  • You must be at least 21 years old to apply.
  • You may only apply to one subsidized residency program per year.
  • Previous SAW Fellow recipients must wait three years to re-apply.
  • All of SAWs programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Required Information

  • Contact Information for two references
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Artist Statement (150 Word)
  • Letter of Intent (250 Word) Describe your goals for the residency and how you plan to use your time at SAW, your anticipated use of SAWs space, facilities, and technical support
  • Resume
  • 10 Work Samples (Images - jpg, Written Documents - pdf, Video and Film Files - mp4 or .mov)
  • Title Sheet

Reference Letter

  • Reference letters must be received by February 8th by email or physical mail.
  • Email letters to Jenny at j.hillenbrand@salemartworks.org with subject 'program' 'participants name', or
  • Send by mail to Salem Art Works, c/o Jenny Hillenbrand, 19 Cary Lane Salem NY 12865

Changes to or Late applications:

  • Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes.
  • SAW will not accept late applications and encourage artists to apply again in the future or apply for an independent or group residency should they miss the deadline.

Review Process:

  • Residency applications are reviewed by a Jury of staff and working artists.
  • Residency offers are made based on an applicants proposal to create new work and explore new disciplines or utilize SAWs unique resources (i.e sculpture park, facilities, community) and the quality of the artist’s work to date.

Salem Art Work’s Fellowship, Studio, and Young Artist residencies are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.