The Watermill Center, as we know it, opened to the public in 2006. A former abandoned Western Union research facility, Wilson renovated the building, while maintaining its original footprint. Today, The Watermill Center buildings consist of a 20,000+ square foot main facility, a separate wood-shop and an outdoor studio.
The Center does not provide a traditional theater or studio environment. 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 re-curate their environments. Watermill encourages artists to engage with the collection and architecture, and to explore all facets of The Center, inside and out.
In addition to our International Summer Program and Artist Residency Program, The Watermill Center hosts lectures, conferences, brunches, weddings, retreats, workshops, site visits, tours, staff meetings and educational programs.
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