Young Artists will acquire new skills, develop their studio practice, and network while working in a fun fast paced environment!
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS DECEMBER 15-January 31
Successful applications are in the early stages of their artistic development and must demonstrate a clear commitment to building their artistic career. Visual artists working in any medium, as well as writers, choreographers, musicians, and performers, may apply.
The Young Artist program is eight weeks; June and July or August and September. Young Artists participate in a work exchange which averages 30 hours a week to support the daily operations of SAW. Tasks include outdoor physical labor, maintaining the grounds, cleaning, cooking, events, and special projects.
Artists receive an outdoor wooden tent platform (12’ by 12’), board, studio, access to facilities, and one complimentary workshop. Artists also have access to technical support in any of SAW’s facilities; blacksmithing, ceramics, CNC machine, foundry, glass, screen printing, metal fabrication, and the wood shop.
Residents will be responsible for the cost of additional workshops, materials, and travel to and from Salem Art Works. All residents, including Young Artists, help with cooking and cleaning on a rotating schedule. Working with SAW staff, Young Artists will develop their skills and professional practice by participating in presentations, studio visits and critiques, open studios, and resident artist exhibitions.
For Who Early career artist, currently enrolled in or graduate of a BA/BFA, post back, MFA program, or equivalent
Media/Genre All media
When June and July or August and September
Duration Two months
Benefits 12' x 12' tent platform, studio, board, access to facilities, and one complimentary workshop.
Work Exchange Average of 30 hours per week
Positions Available 4-6 Positions per session
+ Application Details
Application Fee $20.00
- Application Opens: December 15 to January 31
- Deadline: January 31, Midnight Eastern Hemisphere
- Notification: March 15 to April 15
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.
Who Can Apply?
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You may only apply to one subsidized residency program per year.
- SAWs programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
- Contact Information for two references
- One letter of recommendation
- Artist Statement (150 Word)
- Letter of Intent (150 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
- Skill Assessment (150 words) Describe your skills and training in SAW studios and facilities, administration, grounds, and other skills.(Example: Skills in ceramics, art handling, use of tools or equipment, production of product, web maintainance etc)
- 10 Work Samples (Images - jpg, Written Documents - pdf, Video and Film Files - mp4 or .mov)
- Title Sheet
- Reference letters must be received by February 8th by email or physical mail.
- Email letters to Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Residency applications are reviewed by a Jury of staff and working artists.
- 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 SAWs schedule
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.