OPEN STUDIO RESIDENCY

Haystack's two-week Open Studio Residency kicks off our summer season of programs. The residency is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected attend for free.

 

2021 Season: Individuals that were accepted into the program last year have been deferred to the coming season and as a result no new applications are being accepted this year. The next application cycle for the Open Studio Residency will take place in 2022.

 

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers and provides two weeks of studio time and an opportunity to work in a community of makers. The program supports approximately 50 participants—from the craft field and other creative disciplines—who have uninterrupted time to work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, jewelry, and wood) to develop ideas and experiment in various media. Participants can choose to work in one particular studio or move among them depending on the nature of their work. All of the studios are staffed by technicians who can assist with projects. Please note that technicians will not be leading workshops. If you are interested in learning specific skills, you may want to apply to one of the workshop sessions. The Haystack Fab Lab will also be open, providing an opportunity for experimentation with digital fabrication as a way for residents to augment and complement their creative practices. In addition to open studios, there will be time for participants to share work and discuss ideas across disciplines. Residents include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft based materials.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing will be assigned at random from among the various accommodation options available at the school. If you have particular physical needs, please note these on your application so that we can best accommodate you.

SELECTION CRITERIA

An independent committee reviews applications to the Open Studio Residency and both national and international artists working in a variety of disciplines are eligible for consideration. Past participants may reapply to the residency but preference may be given to first time applicants. Selection is based on work samples, the nature and scope of the project that will be done during the residency (if applicable), and the ability to work in a creative community. All applications are for the entire two-week session. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and students enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency are eligible to apply.

Haystack is committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or veteran status. All are welcome. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact our office.

 

The Open Studio Residency program is generously supported by Haystack’s Windgate Foundation Endowment for Programs.

While I had intended to develop completed works, instead I began developing new ideas. I know that many of these lessons will hold value and meaning for me, and will reveal themselves fully over time. It was an absolute gift.
— J.E. PATERAK, 2019 OPEN STUDIO RESIDENT

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Haystack is proud to be a member of Res Artis Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies and Alliance of Artists Communities.