Studio Artist

Studio Artist residencies support emerging artists to explore and create new work with a studio based work trade. Visual artists working in ceramics, glass, foundry, smithing or metal fabrication, may apply. 


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Successful applications will have previous experience to assist the director in all aspects of the shops operation. Visual artists working in ceramics, glass, foundry, smithing or metal fabrication, may apply. 

The Studio Artist program is two months; June and July or August and September. Artists participate in a 30 hour per week work exchange in their discipline to support daily operations of their SAW shop. Tasks include producing SAW product, assisting workshop instructors, assisting artists creation of work, and supporting events and outreach.

Artists receive a trailer, 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 Studio Artists, help with cooking and cleaning on a rotating schedule. Studio Artists will develop their skills and professional practice by participating in presentations, studio critiques, workshops, events, outreach, and artist exhibitions.

+ Summary

For Who Emerging artist, currently enrolled in or graduate of a BA/BFA, post back, MFA program, or equivalent

Media/Genre Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Foundry, Glass, and Metal Fabrication

When June and July or August and September

Duration Two months

Benefits Trailer, studio, board, access to facilities, and one complimentary workshop

Cost Travel, materials, and personal supplies

Work Exchange Average of 30 hours a week

Positions Available 5 Positions per session

+ Application Details

Application Fee $20

Application Timeline

  • Applications Accepted: December 15 to January 31
  • Deadline: January 31, Midnight Eastern Hemisphere
  • Notification: March 15 to April 15

Who Can Apply?

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You may only apply to one subsidized residency program per year.
  • 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)
  • Skill Assessment (150 Words) Describe your skills and training in your shop of choice; blacksmithing, ceramics, foundry, glass, metal fabrication (Example: Teaching, equipment repairs or building, commissions, designing and creating product, assisting artists, selling or exhibiting work, etc)
  • 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
  • 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 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 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.