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. 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.

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. 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. We also provide a computer and basic printer in the small office in the main house. Cell phone reception, unfortunately, is not good. 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.

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, we keep applications stored, but mostly for statistical purposes. You do 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.

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. 

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 ju­rors.

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" 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 re­sume. 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 ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied by phone or email of final de­ci­sions one or before March 17, 2014.  

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. Residency alums who attended Saltonstall in 2009 or earlier can re-apply this year.