Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about the residency program:

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. Our shorter, two-week residencies have an identical effect. 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 8 miles from downtown Ithaca.

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.

What does it mean to be a "legal resident of New York State"?

Simply put, you must be a resident of the State -- you must be currently living and working in the State of New York. We apologize that we cannot accept your application if you are currently living elsewhere and plan to move back to New York in time for the residency. We will be happy to receive your application in the following year once you are a full-time New York State resident.

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.

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. 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. We also provide a computer and basic printer in the small office in the main house. Cell phone reception, unfortunately, is hit or miss. Some residents have no trouble. Others get no cell reception at all. To that end, the landlines in the carriage house and in the main house both offer unlimited long distance.

How do I get to Ithaca if I don't own a car?

Three bus lines serve Ithaca: Greyhound, ShortLine (or CoachUSA), and Cornell University's Campus-to-Campus Bus. Members of the general public can purchase tickets online for Cornell's bus, but be aware that this bus only serves Manhattan and Ithaca. If you take any of these buses, we can provide transportation to and from Saltonstall.

Ithaca also has a small airport -- the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) -- which is served by Delta, U.S. Airways, and United. The airport is an easy 15-minute drive from Saltonstall, and we can pick you up and drop you off.

Another option might be one-way car rentals which might be comparable in price to bus tickets. There are many car rental agencies in Ithaca where you can return your car once you're unpacked and where you can pick up a car for a one-way rental back home at the end of your residency.

How isolated is the colony?

Saltonstall is located 8 miles east of downtown Ithaca in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood. Ellis Hollow is a rural community. Saltonstall is comprised of 200 acres that was once Connie Saltonstall's private property. There is a small shopping plaza 5 miles away. Unfortunately, it is not easy to get around without a car. Just one bus route serves Ellis Hollow, and the schedule is extremely limited.

Can I bring a spouse, partner, or collaborator?

Unfortunately, no. Our residencies and facilities are designed for individuals.

How about dogs or other pets?

We're big dog fans ourselves, which makes saying "no" all the harder. But unfortunately, here too, we're afraid not.

FAQs about the application process:

I applied for a residency last year. Do you still have my information on file? Do I still need to re-submit an application this year?

Yes, you will need to re-submit. We keep applications stored, but mostly for statistical purposes. You will need to submit a new and complete application each year.

Can I apply in more than one category?

Yes, absolutely. However, you will need to complete a separate application (including the $25 fee) for each category in which you choose to apply. Applying in more than one category increases your chances of being selected for a residency. However, in the rare instance when an applicant becomes a finalist in two categories, only one Fellowship will be awarded. Applicants can not be awarded two residencies in the same year. 

Can I apply for both a two-week and four-week residency?

Sorry, no. Please choose either the two-week OR the four-week option when filling out the application.

Can I apply with a partner and/or collaborator?

Sorry, no. At this time, our residencies serve individual working artists and writers. We cannot accommodate collaborators, partners or spouses.

Visual arts? Or photography?

If you are a visual artist whose primary medium is photography, you should apply within the "Photography & Filmmaking" category.

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 pub­li­ca­tions.

What should my "Artist's Statement" or "Writer'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. It's also an opportunity to speak to the content of your work samples.

What are you looking for regarding my references?

We are looking for people who can rave about your personality, who can describe what it might be like to spend long periods of time with, who can speak to your unique quirks and personality. They can be professional contacts as long as you feel as if they can speak about you personally. We're not hiring you for a job; we're more interested in your personality and in your capacity to live and work quietly and respectfully with others.

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 ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied by phone or email of final de­ci­sions one or before Friday, March 13, 2015. Please try to refrain from contacting us before that time. We know you'll be anxious to hear from us, but there are many of you and only one of us. We promise to write to you. 

If I don't win, will I receive a critique or explanation?

Unfortunately, no. Our ju­rors do not pro­vide cri­tiques, ex­pla­na­tions, or ad­vice.