Watermill Center

The Watermill Center Fall/Spring Artist-in-Residence Program Application Guidelines

Applications for the 2017 Watermill Center Fall/Spring Artist-in-Residence Program are now closed.

Please see below for Application Guidelines and a video explaining the application process. Click HERE to read about the artists who participated in the 2016 Residency Program.

Program Dates
Residencies are scheduled by mutual agreement between the accepted Resident Artist and Watermill during the following months of 2018:

January – June
September – December

Residencies can be scheduled for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks during the above mentioned fall/spring periods. There are multiple residencies or “clusters” occurring concurrently, alongside educational and community outreach programming that is scheduled throughout residencies. It is integral to Watermill’s programming that artists live and work together with other Artists-in-Residence as well as the local Long Island community.

For questions about the Artist-in-Residence Program or the application process, please email info@watermillcenter.org.

For questions about technical problems with the SlideRoom application portal, please email support@slideroom.com.

Application Requirements
Admission to the program is by selection only. The Watermill Center uses SlideRoom to gather applications and work samples for its Residency Program. All material must be submitted via the online portal through SlideRoom. There are NO exceptions.

The application for the 2018 Residency Program will be available online starting March 2017 at http://watermillcenter.slideroom.com.

The online application portal will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples). There is a $10 USD fee per proposal that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website. If you are unable to make this payment for any reason, please email us at info@watermillcenter.org to explain.

Step-by-step application instructions are available on the SlideRoom application portal.

A Selection Committee convenes at the end of June to review proposals. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the artistic quality of the submitted work samples, the strength and originality of the artist’s ideas, and the specificity of the project as it relates to Watermill’s resources.

Information sessions will be hosted in New York City and in Water Mill throughout the application process. Please stay tuned for dates.

Community Outreach, Education & Documentation Requirements
Artists-in-Residence are required to conduct at least one public performance or event. This often takes the form of an open rehearsal, a screening, or an artist talk. Workshops and other community events are strongly encouraged. Each artist is also encouraged to have an education component to their residency. Watermill staff will work with you to design an educational activity.

The Watermill Center provides local transportation, housing, and workspace as part of the 2018 Residency Program. During the course of the residency, residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, and travel to and from Watermill, and also production expenses such as art materials and supplies, and equipment rentals. Watermill will provide a modest reimbursement to offset these expenses. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

If the artist initiates it, The Watermill Center will supply signed letters of support for outside funding and can offer advice for potential funders to underwrite or assist.

We encourage advance visits to The Center, if possible. Visits should arranged with by telephoning at +1 (631) 726-4628 or emailing info@watermillcenter.org.  We also encourage prospective residents to attend any of the spring 2016 open rehearsals to observe the activities of current Artists-in-Residence. Upcoming events can be found here.

The Facility
Completed in 2006, The Center combines performance and rehearsal sites with working and communal living spaces. Its flexible and multi-purpose interiors house formal and informal performance spaces, The Watermill Center Collection of art and artifacts, an extensive reference library, kitchen facilities, and a dormitory. The Center is situated on eight-and-a-half acres of wooded and landscaped grounds in a rural environment.

The Center does not provide a traditional theater studio environment. We do not presently have a lighting grid or a technical staff to assist with rehearsals and construction. The main studio spaces have black-stained hardwood floors, white walls, and many windows. There is no separation between studio and gallery or living and working spaces, and The Watermill Collection is carefully curated throughout The Center. Artists have the unique opportunity to work amongst these museum pieces and to work with The Center staff to recurate their environments. Watermill encourages artists to engage with the collection and architecture, and to explore all facets of The Center, inside and out.

Basement Level
Epoxy over cement floors, unless otherwise noted
Garage gallery (8′ h x 72′ l x 28′ w [2.5m h x 22m l x 8.5m w)
Rolling garage doors (heated)
Can be used for workspace, office space, and receptions
Research library with print and audio-visual materials
Fully-equipped kitchen
Dining room (capacity: 50)
Outdoor dining courtyard (capacity: 100)
Public bathrooms with showers
3-in-1 handicap accessible
Laundry room with four washers and dryers
Collection archive containing artifacts, objects, and audio-visual materials

First Floor
Rehearsal Room (18′ h x 54′ l x 28′ w [5.5m h x 16.5m l x 8.5m w)
Marley dance floor is available to lay over hardwood floors
Two small studios/galleries
Dormitory (sleeping capacity: 8; additional 4-6 beds available offsite)
Two public shower rooms attached to dormitory

Second Floor
Master residence for staff use only
Two smaller studios/galleries

The Watermill Center is about living and working together communally. As such, it is important that everyone share responsibilities. Respecting the building, the site, fellow artists, and the local Water Mill community as a whole is integral to a successful experience.

The Watermill Center is located in Water Mill, New York (the East End of Long Island), approximately two hours by car from New York City and JFK airport. Directions to The Center can be found here.

Application Process Video

(This video was created in 2013. While some aspects of the application process have changed, the majority of the information can be applied to this application process.)

For more information about The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program, click here.

Image Credit: Caterina Verde