Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs about the residency program:
What are you looking for in an applicant?
We're looking for talented, serious and dedicated artists and writers, who are legal residents of New York State. We encourage established, mid-career and emerging artists, over the age of 21, to apply. It is our goal to make the fairest judgment possible of the applicants and their work ~ a judgment which includes recognition of a variety of artistic traditions. Our orientation is, however, primarily towards fine arts, rather than popular or folkloric arts.
Who are the jurors?
We don't release the names of the jurors. They are distinguished professionals in the disciplines, often professors in MFA and BA programs. Jurors for the residency program are often from the Finger Lakes region. They may include artists and writers who have attended the Saltonstall Arts Colony. We carefully check that jurors do not have close family connections to the applicants.
Will the Foundation claim ownership of the work I produce during my residency?
No. We may invite artists to participate in exhibits or publications, but we do not make any ownership claims on these works.
Why would I want to go to an arts colony?
Residencies provide artists time and private space to do their work without interruption. During one month at the Saltonstall Arts Colony, residents are often able to complete at least 3-4 months worth of work. There are minimal chores, and restricted visitor hours ~ all of which allows for maximum focus on the artists work. The colony is in a beautiful and inspiring setting of fields and wooded hills, approximately nine miles from downtown Ithaca.
I'm a writer who requires nearly complete silence. Is Saltonstall the place for me?
Most writers are delighted with the general level of quiet at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. There will be very few interruptions. The writers' studios are private with locks on the door and no telephone. However, the writers' studios are in the main house which holds three apartments, the pump to the water well, the kitchen and the common dining/living room. On rare occasions, our facilities don't measure up to the standards of some writers. If you need extreme quiet, our colony might not be ideal for you.
How is internet service and cell reception at Saltonstall?
We provide high-speed wireless internet access in both the main house and carriage house, although the signal isn't quite as strong in the carriage house. We also provide a computer and basic printer in the small office in the main house. Cell reception, unfortunately, is not good. Some residents have no trouble. Others get no cell reception at all. To that end, residents are welcome to use the main office phone at any time.
FAQs about the application process:
I applied for a residency last year. Do I need to include information for two new references (on-line) or send new letters of recommendation (hard-copy)?
No, we will keep your letters on file for one year. Include a note on the application indicating your letters of recommendation are on file.
Really? A one-page resume?
Yes, we are quite serious that you are limited to just one page to summarize your most important accomplishments in your artistic discipline. Do not send a multiple paged CV, brochure or booklet about your work. Anything sent beyond the first page of your resumé will not be sent to the juross.
I've never been professionally published or exhibited. What should my resume include?
List on your resume anything you've done which would demonstrate your commitment and involvement in your discipline, such as classes, workshops or writers' groups attended and contributions to non-professional publicatins.
Can I apply in more than one category?
Absolutely. However, you will need to complete a separate application (including the $25 fee) for each category in which you choose to apply.
What should my "Artist's Statement" say?
This is your opportunity to tell the jury whatever you feel they should know about you that isn't represented in your work sample or resome. It's also an opportunity to speak to the content of your work samples.
May I submit work intended for children?
Not at this time. Our jurors have been selected for their ability to evaluate creative prose for adult readers and will not be able to give you a judgment of works in other genres. If you have strong creative prose, submit a sample of that work. If you are awarded a Fellowship, you may use it to complete work intended for a young audience.
How and when will I be told if I have been chosen for a residency?
All those who have been awarded Fellowships will be notified by telephone on or before April 1, 2013. All applicants will be notified by email of final decisions by April 15.
If I don't win, will I receive a critique or explanation?
Unfortunately, no. Our jurors do not provide critiques, explanations, or advice.
If I submit a hard-copy application, will my work samples be returned?
It is not possible to return submitted work.
Please explain the 'reapplication eligibility' question.
If you have received a Summer Residency you may not apply until the fourth year after your initial award.