residencies

Fellow | Emerging Artist | Intern Artist
Upstate AIR | 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 other’s work and establish a vigorous, engaging dialogue that supports collaboration and connection.

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

Upstate AIR ‘8X10’ is a new residency program established in 2016. This program offers ten-day intensive residencies for small groups of independent artists living in New York state. The next call for applications will be issued in Fall 2016, for the 2017 summer season.

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

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Fellowship Artist

Salem Art Works invites a limited number of Fellows each year. Successful applicants to the program are generally mid-career and 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.

Fellows’ residencies typically last from two to eight weeks, occasionally longer. Artists receive room, board, studio space, and full access to SAW’s equipment and 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. Fellows also have access to technical expertise in each area.

Personal 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.

While most residencies take place in the summer months (from May to October) 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 asked 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. On average, these commitments occupy about 10 hours per week during a Fellow’s tenure at SAW.

Accepting Applications December 1st thru January 31st 2017
Deadline is January 31st 12am Midnight Eastern Hemisphere

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Emerging Artist

Salem Art Works offers up to ten residencies a year through the Emerging Artist Program (EAP). 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, they receive room, board, studio space, and full access to SAW’s equipment and 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. EAP artists also have access to mentoring and technical expertise in each area.

Visual artists working in any medium are invited to apply. Successful applicants to the program will have strong technical skills in one or more of SAW’s areas of focus, including ceramics, foundry, glass, carpentry, welding, blacksmithing, silk screen printing, and office work. Those with training in another modality are asked to describe their skills in relation to available facilities and studios at SAW. Each EAP artist will work under the direct supervision of one of SAW’s Studio Directors.
During residencies, personal 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. Ceramic, Foundry, and Glass Emerging artists are provided with small materials stipend for 4 month residency.
Residencies in the EAP take place May thru October for a half session or full session. EAP applicants will be asked to select the sessions they are available for when they apply. If selected, EAP artists should plan to be present for the entire duration of the session.

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, including studio technician work and community participation, occupy about 25 hours per week throughout the season. Although the timing may vary from studio to studio, EAP artists generally complete their work exchange hours from Wednesday to Sunday.

Accepting Applications: December 1st thru January 31st 2017
Deadline: January 31st 12am Midnight Eastern Hemisphere

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Intern Artist

Salem Art Works offers up to twenty residencies a year through the Intern Artist Program (IAP). 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 complete projects at SAW in all areas, including helping with event preparation, gallery upkeep and installation, maintenance of residential facilities, studios and the Cary Hill Sculpture Park, 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. One intern position is reserved each session for an artist interested in arts administration and management. This intern will complete his or her work-exchange under the direction of SAW’s administrative staff, working on organizational development, fundraising, web management, bookkeeping, graphic design, media outreach, artist services, data entry, office upkeep and other tasks.

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.

Intern Artists receive room, board, studio space, and full access to SAW’s equipment and 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.  IAP artists also have access to mentoring and technical expertise in each area, providing an opportunity for growth and skill development.

During residencies, personal 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.

Residencies in the IAP take place in two eight-week sessions, generally in June/July and August/September. 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.

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.

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.

Accepting Applications December 1st thru January 31st 2017
Deadline is January 31st 12am Midnight Eastern Hemisphere

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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.

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Upstate AIR

Upstate AIR is a new juried residency program established in 2016. This program offers fully subsidized ten-day intensive residencies for artists based in New York State.

Between four and eight selected artists are invited to participate simultaneously in the program, working together in a shared studio space for the duration of the residency. At the start of the residency, each artist will give a brief presentation on their work. SAW staff, resident artists, and members of the general public are invited to attend these informal sessions to learn about the participants and their work.

Although each artist works independently on projects of their own design, they are encouraged to interact with one another and the greater SAW community while in residence. At the conclusion of the program, the artists will be asked to participate in an open studio or showing of their work. The format for this presentation will be determined by the participating artists, in collaboration with SAW staff.

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 August of 2016 we will run the inaugural session of the Upstate Air program as ‘4X10’ – a ten day program featuring four exceptional artists from Warren and Washington counties. We hope to expand the program in 2017, offering two ten-day residencies, with up to eight artists in each.

The application period for 2016 is now closed. 
The next call for applications will be issued in Fall 2016, for the 2017 summer season.