Residencies & Studios

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The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artist residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance’s mission is to advocate for and support artist communities, and to advance the endeavors of artists.

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What happens when artists set up shop in an architecture and design studio? HCMA is not offering a traditional residency (i.e., no accommodations are offered), but invites artists in residency to do a portion of their work in HCMA’s studios. The length of each residency varies from one to three months depending on the project, but engagements usually involve some workshopping with the HCMA team and culminate in a show in its TILT gallery or some other public space. Artists are supported with a stipend and materials budget.

Location: Vancouver, BC; Victoria, BC
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Lower East Side Printshop offers emerging artists free year-long studio residencies to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Printmaking facilities are available for intaglio, relief, monotype, water-based silkscreen, digital processes, and other techniques that employ the tools at hand. Keyholders work independently in the Printshop’s shared Artists’ Studio and have access to a vibrant community of peers. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; printmaking skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended. Keyholder Residency includes: 24/7, one-year access to a shared studio with printmaking facilities; $1,000 stipend; one free printmaking class at the Printshop; free career development workshops and salons; group exhibition opportunities; and consultation hours with Printshop printers.

Location: Buffalo, NY
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The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. MacDowell Fellows are selected by admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

Deadlines: January 15, 2020 (summer 2020); April 15, 2020 (fall 2020)
Location: Peterborough, NH
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How do we reframe garbage? How do we rethink privacy? How do we rethink education? What is your question that could change the world? The Mira Fellowship is building a blueprint for our cultural future by reframing our most intractable issues and discovering solutions that empower individuals to action. The fellowship is cohort-based, and remotely collaborates monthly and meets in person several times a year. Each fellow receives a small research grant along with ongoing coaching, support, and access to expertise.

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The Saltonstall Foundation is pleased to offer two special residencies in 2020 for local public school teachers in the arts. These five-day, four-night residencies are designed as an artistic retreat for teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing (any genre); photography, film, and/or video; and painting, sculpture, and/or visual art. The residencies are totally free to attend. Five teachers will be selected through a lottery system for each residency. There is no jurying involved. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory. The stunning 200-acre colony is located just eight miles east of downtown Ithaca in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood.

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2019; 11:59 PM
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The Chili Bowl Workspace Residency is an opportunity for potters who want to create their own work and participate in WSW’s Chili Bowl Fiesta, an annual fundraiser and our biggest community event of the year.

Deadline: April 1, 2020 (fall session)
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The Studio Workspace Residency is an opportunity for artists to create new work and fully immerse themselves in Women’s Studio Workshop’s (WSW) supportive environment. WSW invites applications from artists at any stage of their careers. This residency gives artists the gift of time — an uninterrupted period to live and work away from the stresses of daily life. Artists may choose to work in any one or more of our studios: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, darkroom photography, or ceramics.

Deadline: April 1, 2020 (fall session)
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Each VAWAA is an opportunity to explore, learn, and create. Go on a VAWAA to take a digital detox and reconnect with the physical world. Discover a new destination and create real local connections. Spend time inside a master artist’s studio making something with your hands. Learn a new creative skill. You can use a VAWAA to reconnect with creativity, have an authentic travel experience, hone a passion, get fresh inspiration, and so much more.

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Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to work without interruption in a supportive environment.

Deadlines: January 5; August 1 (every year)
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Search here for studio spaces currently available in Western New York.

Co-working/shared office space available in 2,000 square-foot building. Includes two individual offices with lockable doors. Shared: conference room, grand lobby containing local art gallery, entryway, bathroom, and kitchenette. $650/month; includes gas, electric, water, garbage, and central air. Available immediately.

Contact: (716) 725-5366
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Live-in studio space facilitated by Belmont Housing. Gallery included in the building.

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Buffalo Arts Studio is located on Buffalo’s east side, housed within the historic Tri-Main Center. Its gallery space is comprised of over 2,000 square feet, and this is split between its public-facing Main Gallery, and the adjacent Joanna Angie Gallery. Studio spaces are occasionally available.

Contact: Dana Tyrrell, dana@buffaloartsstudio.org
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The Guild @980 provides artisans, artists, and other creative folks with affordable studio space and the opportunity to share ideas, experience, and resources while building and expanding their businesses. A center for green jobs, green materials, and support for the restoration arts.

Contact: info@guild980.org
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The Niagara Frontier Food Terminal leases space to commercial or industrial tenants, as well as for general storage. Its historic buildings have open and efficient layouts for any type of tenant.

Contact: contact@the-nfft.com
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Tri-Main Center houses more than 100 organizations ranging from professional services, community organizations, and light manufacturing companies to educational services. There is space available on the growing Tri-Main campus, as well as next door at its newest addition: 45 Jewett Avenue.

Contact: Matt Wolfe, (716) 835-3366; info@trimaincenter.com
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Five art studio spaces are available for rent, ranging from 88 to 125 square feet. Utilities and wifi are included.

Contact: Jeremy, (716) 261-8203; jeremy@vividbuffalo.com
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redFISH Art Studios and redFISH Art Gallery are located in the heart of East Aurora in a renovated creamery, and is currently comprised of artist studios, antiques, and a wood shop.

Contact: alixandramartin@mac.com
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ART247 creates community cultural connections through exhibitions, events, public art, and education programs while providing affordable studio space and public exposure for visual artists.

Contact: (716) 404-9884; h.grimmer@theart247.com
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Studio space in the former Niagara Falls High School. Rent a large classroom-sized space from this nonprofit cultural organization.

Contact: (716) 282-7530
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Private office with a private bathroom.

Contact: Paul Brown, (716) 432-1294
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