residencies

Fellow | Emerging Artist | Intern Artist
Independent Artist Residency

Artist Residency Programs

The ethos of Salem Art Works is rooted in convergence and collaboration. This belief extends to every residency program we offer, and informs all aspects of life at SAW. Artists of all ages, backgrounds, and career stages-working in nearly any mode or medium imaginable—are encouraged to apply for residencies at SAW.

While in residence, artists live and work together on a rural, 119 acre property. Residents have full access to the lush meadows, fields, woods, running streams and rustic out buildings that reflect the property’s long history as a dairy farm. At the heart of the campus is an outdoor kitchen and eating area where participants in all of SAW’s programs gather for daily meals. These gatherings encourage the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborative relationships within the community. Studio visits, group critiques, and presentations of works-in-progress allow artists to gain familiarity with each others' work and establish a vigorous, engaging dialogue that supports collaboration and connection.

We offer three subsidized Artist Residency programs at SAW. These residencies—for Fellows, Emerging Artists, and Interns—take place primarily in the summer months, and range from two weeks to five months. A select number of longer, and/or off-season opportunities may also be available for Fellows.

We also offer self-funded Independent Artist Residencies throughout the year.

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Fellowship Artist Program

Salem Art Works invites a limited number of Fellows each year. Successful applicants to the program are generally mid-career and/or established professionals, however, any artist who believes his or her work to be of exceptional merit is encouraged to submit an application. Visual artists working in any medium, as well as writers, choreographers, musicians, and performers, are invited to apply.

Fellowship residencies typically last from two to six weeks. Artists receive room, board, and studio plus a reduced rate for materials and shop fees (i.e. glass blow slot, kiln firing etc). Fellowship Artists also receive a modest materials budget. Fellows have access to technical expertise in SAW’s facilities, which include a welding bay, metal casting foundry with focus on iron, blacksmith shop, silk screen studio, glass shop, wood shop, ceramic shop with Anagama kiln, and a CNC machine.

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Supplies and consumables, private tutoring in any studio modality, and participation in workshops may be paid for in part by the artist’s materials budget. Travel to/from SAW for the residency and personal supplies are at the expense of the artist. A complete listing of material fees and studio charges is available upon request.

While most residencies take place in the summer months (from June thru September) SAW does have a limited number of opportunities for Fellows wishing to conduct residencies at other times during the year. Fellowship applicants will be asked to specify both a preferred and alternate timeframe for their residency in the application materials they submit, as well as an explanation of how they intend to make use of their time at SAW.

The particularities of each Fellow’s proposal are addressed during the application review process, and decisions are made based on the nature and artistic merit of the proposal, the quality of the artists’ previous work, and availability of resources and funding to support the proposed undertaking.

SAW strives to select those applicants whose vision will best be realized at Salem Art Works. All proposals must be for the creation of new work. Applicants should describe how the completion of their work will be supported by the unique community, facilities, and physical setting of Salem Art Works.

In keeping with Salem Art Works’ mission to create a collaborative and open space for art making, each Fellow is encouraged to contribute to the communal life at SAW in one or more ways. All residents, including Fellows, help with the preparation of evening meals, on a rotating schedule. In addition, Fellows frequently serve as mentors to younger residents, and help to lead studio visits, critiques and works-in-progress showings. Fellows may suggest other ways of participating in the community at SAW, as well as connecting to the broader local community in a way that integrates Salem Art Works and regional participation. Fellows are also invited to contribute to exhibitions of work by resident artists.

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For Who Mid-career and/or established Artists

Media/Genre All media

When April thru November

Duration 2 to 6 weeks

Benefits Includes room, board, and studio plus a reduced rate for materials and shop fees (i.e. glass blow slot, kiln firing etc). Fellowship Artists also receive a modest materials budget.

Costs There is no charge for this residency, however, artists are responsible for travel to and from SAW. Any materials and/or shop charges in excess of the allotted budget are the responsibility of the artist.

Work Exchange Not required

Positions Available 4 positions

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Accepting Applications December 1st 2016 thru January 31st 2017 for residencies between April 2017 thru October 2017.

Deadline is January 31st 12am Midnight Eastern Hemisphere

Notification by March 1st

Salem Art Works is committed to serving artists. All of our programs, activities and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

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Emerging Artist Program

Salem Art Works invites a limited number of Emerging artists. In 2017 we will award one position to an artist working each of the following disciplines; ceramic, glass, and foundry. The Emerging Artist Program (EAP) is designed for artists in the crucial early stages of their careers, as they transition from academia to the professional world, the EAP provides a subsidized work-exchange residency.  

Artists help maintain and run SAW studios and facilities. In exchange artists receive private trailer, board, and studio plus a reduced rate for materials and shop fees (i.e. glass blow slot, kiln firing etc). Emerging artists also receive a modest materials budget. EAPs have access to technical expertise in SAW’s facilities, which include a welding bay, metal casting foundry with focus on iron, blacksmith shop, silk screen studio, glass shop, wood shop, ceramic shop with Anagama kiln, and a CNC machine.

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Supplies and consumables, private tutoring in any studio modality, and participation in workshops may be paid for in part by the artist’s materials budget. Travel to/from SAW for the residency and personal supplies are at the expense of the artist. A complete listing of material fees and studio charges is available upon request.

Residencies in the EAP will take place for 5 months, from May thru October. If selected, EAP artists should plan to be present for the entire duration of the session, and must notify SAW in advance of any scheduling conflicts or outside obligations.

Successful applicants to the program will have strong technical skills in one or more of SAW’s areas of focus offered this year, which include ceramics, glass, and foundry. Each EAP artist will work under the direct supervision of one of SAW’s Studio Directors.

SAW strives to select those applicants who will most benefit from the unique combination of hands-on training, skill-building, mentorship, and creative work time offered through the EAP. Residency offers are made based on the nature and artistic merit of each applicant’s proposal, the quality of the artist’s work, the depth and focus of technical skills he or she can offer, and the particular needs of each studio during the desired residency session.

In keeping with Salem Art Works’ mission to create a collaborative and open space for art making, each EAP is asked to contribute to, and participate in, the communal life at SAW in one or more ways. All residents help with the preparation of evening meals, on a rotating schedule. In addition, EAP artists may serve as mentors to younger residents, and will participate in open studios, critiques and works-in-progress showings. EAP artists are also invited to contribute to exhibitions of work by resident artists. On average, the commitments of an Emerging Artist will not exceed 25 hours per week. EAP artists generally complete their work exchange hours from Wednesday to Sunday.

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For Who Grad school student, post grad, early to mid-career Artists

Media/Genre In 2017 we have positions for three emerging artists: Ceramics, Glass, and Foundry

When May thru October

May 19, 2017 thru October 20, 2017

Duration 5 Months

Benefits Includes private trailer, board, and studio plus a reduced rate for materials and shop fees (i.e. glass blow slot, kiln firing etc). Emerging Artists receive a modest materials budget. Costs There is no charge for this residency, however, artists are responsible for travel to and from SAW. Any materials and/or shop charges in excess of the allotted budget are the responsibility of the artist.

Work Exchange Up to 25 hours per week

Positions Available 3 positions

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Accepting Applications December 1st 2016 thru January 31st 2017 for residency May 2017 thru October 2017

Deadline is January 31st 12am Midnight Eastern Hemisphere

Notification by March 1st

Salem Art Works is committed to serving artists. All of our programs, activities and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

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Intern Artist

Salem Art Works invites a limited number of Internship artists. Designed for artists in the crucial early stages of their careers, or just about to embark on the next phase of their education, the IAP provides a subsidized work-exchange residency.

Intern Artists receive a 12” by 12” tent platform, board, and studio plus a reduced rate for materials and shop fees (i.e. glass blow slot, kiln firing etc). Internship Artists also receive a modest materials budget. IAPs have access to technical expertise in SAW’s facilities, which include a welding bay, metal casting foundry with focus on iron, blacksmith shop, silk screen studio, glass shop, wood shop, ceramic shop with Anagama kiln, and a CNC machine.

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Supplies and consumables, private tutoring in any studio modality, and participation in workshops may be paid for in part by the artist’s materials budget. Travel to/from SAW for the residency and personal supplies are at the expense of the artist. A complete listing of material fees and studio charges is available upon request.

Residencies in the IAP have three sessions to choose from, a 6 week session April thru May, a 12 week session June thru August, or a 6 week session September thru October. IAP applicants will be asked to choose one session when they apply. If selected, intern artists should plan to be present for the entire duration of the session, and must notify SAW in advance of any scheduling conflicts or outside obligations.

Visual artists working in any medium are invited to apply. Successful applicants to the intern program will display a clear commitment to a career in the arts, and have a strong interest in developing their skills and creative practices while at SAW.

SAW strives to select those applicants who will most benefit from the unique combination of hands-on training, skill-building, mentorship, and creative work time offered through the IAP. Residency offers are made based on the nature and artistic merit of each applicant’s proposal, the quality of the artist’s work to date, and the particular needs of SAW during the desired residency session.

Intern artists will complete projects in all areas, including helping with event preparation, gallery upkeep and installation, maintenance of residential facilities, studios and the Cary Hill Sculpture Park, arts administration, and work in the garden and kitchen. Intern Artists are also asked to assist the staff in hosting guests and resident artists. This includes providing orientations, giving tours, and/or assisting workshop instructors.

In keeping with Salem Art Works’ mission to create a collaborative and open space for art making, each intern is asked to contribute to, and participate in, the communal life at SAW in one or more ways. All residents help with the preparation of evening meals, on a rotating schedule. In addition, IAP artists participate in open studios, critiques and works-in-progress showings. IAP artists are also invited to contribute to exhibitions of work by resident artists. On average, the commitments of an Intern Artist, including daily work schedule and community participation, occupy about 35 hours per week throughout the season. IAP artists generally complete their work exchange hours from Wednesday to Sunday.

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For Who Undergraduate student, grad student, early-career Artists

Media/Genre All media

When April thru October

Session1 April 26, 2017 thru June 4, 2017 (6 weeks)

Session 2 May 31, 2017 thru August 23, 2017 (12 weeks)

Session 3 September 6, 2017 thru October 13, 2017 (6 weeks)

Duration 6 or 12 week session

Benefit Includes camping, board, and studio plus a reduced rate for materials and shop fees (i.e. glass blow slot, kiln firing etc). Internship Artists also receive a modest materials budget. Cost There is no charge for this residency, however, artists are responsible for travel to and from SAW. Any materials and/or shop charges in excess of the allotted budget are the responsibility of the artist.

Work Exchange Up to 35 hours per week

Positions Available 14 positions

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Accepting Applications December 1st 2016 thru January 31st 2017 for residencies between April 2017 and October 2017.

Deadline is January 31st 12am Midnight Eastern Hemisphere

Notification by March 1st

Salem Art Works is committed to serving artists. All of our programs, activities and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

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Independent Artist

Independent Artist Residencies at SAW provide an opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in new projects and ideas in a creative environment, free from everyday pressures and concerns. Artists entering through this program typically have a clear and focused plan in mind, and are often in the final stages of a project in need of completion. An artist may, for example, reserve the glass shop in order to complete a sculpture, or make arrangements with the foundry to cast a piece they have already designed and developed prior to arrival at SAW.

Visual artists working in any medium, as well as writers, choreographers, musicians and performers, are invited to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as far in advance as possible.

Artists may propose a stay of any duration. Applicants will be asked to specify both a preferred and alternate timeframe for their residency in the application materials they submit, as well as an explanation of how they intend to make use of their time at SAW.

The base rate for an Independent Artist is $25 per day for access to *SAW facilities and $35/$50 per day for tent/room and meals. Access to *SAW’s facilities include a welding bay, blacksmith shop, silk screen studio, wood shop, CNC machine, and open pole barns. Additional fees are required for participation in the foundry, ceramic studio and anagama kiln firings, and glass shop.  

As with other SAW residencies, supplies and consumables, private tutoring in any studio modality, participation in workshops, and travel to/from SAW for the residency are at the expense of the artist. A complete listing of material fees and studio charges is available upon request.

In keeping with Salem Art Works’ mission to create a collaborative and open space for art making, each independent artist is encouraged to contribute to the communal life at SAW in one or more ways. Artists are invited to help with the preparation of evening meals, and asked to participate in studio visits, critiques and works-in-progress showings during their stay.

Applications accepted at any time. Click the link below to apply.