About the Residencies
Discover the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York
Time for inspiration, a quiet studio, a beautiful
setting, and a stimulating community of artists working in diverse
disciplines. Two-week and four-week residencies are offered between late-April and mid-September for New York State artists and writers looking for quiet, supportive environment in which to focus on their craft.
The categories for 2014 include:
- Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
- Photography (film or digital) & Film
- PSVA: Painting / Sculpture / Visual Arts
Each residency session includes just five artists and writers at a time: 1 poet, 1 fiction or creative nonfiction writer, 1 photographer or filmmaker, and 2 visual artists. Each group of five arrives and leaves together.
New for 2014: two-week residencies!
In an effort to accommodate artists and writers who cannot participate in a month-long residency, we are now offering two (2) two-week sessions in addition to three (3) month-long sessions.
The two-week residencies function exactly as our popular longer sessions do, with each group of five arriving and departing together at the same time. The application process for the two-week residencies is the same as the process for the month-long residencies.
Dates for month-long residencies in 2014:
- Monday, May 12 - Thursday, June 12 (32 days)
- Monday, June 16 - Thursday, July 17 (32 days)
- Monday, July 21 - Thursday, August 21 (32 days)
Dates for two-week residencies in 2014:
- Friday, April 24 - Friday, May 9 (15 days)
- Monday, August 25 - Monday, September 8 (15 days)
There is no cost associated with the residency aside from the application fee. Artists and writers who are awarded a residency are provided the following:
- a $250 or $500 stipend to help off-set expenses (based on a 2- or 4-week session)
- writers: a spacious private apartment with ample desk space
- visual artists: a private apartment with adjoining studio space on the same level
- photographers or filmmakers: a private apartment with ample desk space and a fully functional wet darkroom
- all apartments have private baths and a patio or balcony
- five vegetarian dinners cooked Monday - Friday by the colony chef
- all groceries and a 24-hour-accessible kitchen
- washer and dryer
- weekly cleaning service
The application deadline for next year's residencies is Thursday, January 2, 2014. Please keep reading to learn more about us and our residency program.
The 200-acre Saltonstall Arts Colony is located 7 miles outside Ithaca, NY in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region. The residency competition is statewide and is open to all New York State residents (including New York City.) Residency alumni are eligible to re-apply after four years. (If you were a resident here in 2009 or earlier, you are eligible to re-apply.)
Saltonstall is an intimate residency experience. There are five residents in each session: one photographer or filmmaker, one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, and two visual artists. Each group of five begins and ends their residency together.
Food quickly becomes a central aspect of life at Saltonstall. A delicious communal vegetarian supper is served Monday - Friday, and the kitchen is kept stocked with groceries so that residents may make other meals for themselves. Because of our small size, our chef can accommodate most dietary sensitivities with each dinner she cooks.
Daily life at Saltonstall is defined by uninterrupted time during which residents focus on their work. Our colony chef spends a few hours in the kitchen each week day to prepare dinner. Any necessary maintenance, plus a colony-wide cleaning occurs most Monday mornings. An open house for the community occurs at the end of the month-long residencies. Otherwise, the colony is quiet and free from distractions.
The colony is situated above a valley providing a wide vista of meadows, cultivated fields, and forested hills. Three miles of hiking trails traverse a number of different habitats: fields, old growth forests, streams, and wetlands.
The arts colony is comprised of two buildings: the 'Carriage House' (l) and the 'Main House' (r). The Saltonstall Foundation office is also located on the property, just a short walk from the two colony buildings.
The two visual artists stay in the carriage house, which is comprised of two private apartments and separate, adjoining studios. (The downstairs studio is seen in the image here.) The two studios are approximately 25 x 12 ft. with excellent light and ventilation. There are utility sinks, easels, and work tables. The living quarters include a sitting room, bedroom, and private bath.
The two writers and photographer or filmmaker stay in the main house, which is comprised of three separate, individual units. Each writer is provided with a large studio/bedroom that includes a writing desk, extra tables, and a sitting area with comfortable couch and chair, and a private bath.
The photographer or filmmaker's studio/bedroom includes ample desk space, a 21-in. flat-panel monitor, and a black-and-white darkroom equipped with two enlargers (a Beseler 45MXT and an Omega D-2), a 10 ft. utility sink, and other equipment.
The main house also features a full kitchen and the comfortable dining and living rooms. Both buildings are contemporary style architecture and feature stunning panoramic views of the property. Each of the five apartments includes a balcony or a patio.