Artist Residency Program 2017-09-12T16:36:49+00:00

About The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program

Watermill’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individual artists take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice. Artists-in-Residence share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, workshops and artist talks.

Artists-In-Residence receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: 20,000 square feet of rehearsal/design spaces and outdoor stages; a theater production archive; The Watermill Center Study Library; The Watermill Center Collection; and The Center’s eight-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds and sculpture gardens.

Applications are reviewed by a distinguished international selection committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across all disciplines. To date, we have hosted over 170 residencies featuring artists from more than 65 nations.

For more information about the residency program’s application process, click here.


The Hutto Project

January 4 – 20, 2017
Kate Eberstadt, Keshrau Behroz and Brune Charvin came together for postproduction on The Hutto Projecta music and performance education program that took place in an emergency refugee camp in Berlin during 2016.

Cleek Schrey

February 1 -17, 2017
Schrey experimented for a new work using electronics and his own unique instrument: the Hardanger d’amore, a custom-built violin with 10 strings, 5 of which ring sympathetically beneath the fingerboard.

Gillian Walsh

February 1 – 17, 2017
Gillian Walsh and writer Emily Hoffman developed a new work modeled after 9 Evenings – the 1966 collaboration between artists and Bell Labs – by applying choreographic thinking to a technological landscape.


February 22 – March 10, 2017
P.L.U.T.O. – an ensemble of stage directors – developed a live performance piece titled Black Box, that creates and communicates a dialogue between their various backgrounds.


March 15 – March 31, 2017
PHYSICAL PLASTIC collaborated with Dasha Sur and Brigette Dunn-Korpela to develop ALARM (Working Title), a stage performance based on security alarms and the mythic ancient Greek sirens.

William Stewart

March 15 – March 31, 2017
Stewart developed monoprints extending on ideas in his watercolor paintings he started in Venice. Although he has painted with watercolor previously, these works mark a shift towards abstraction.

Carrie Mae Weems

April 5 – May 1, 2017
2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Carrie Mae Weems will refined her song cycle/performance titled Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which examines the the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy.

Lotte Nielsen

April 5 – May 1, 2017
Lotte Nielsen continued her video project YAOI, using film footage captured of LGBT Youth in Copenhagen as well as from interfacing with the local LGBT community in Water Mill.

Lexy Ho-Tai

April 5 – May 1, 2017
Costume designer Lexy Ho-Tai developed her multi-disciplinary and interactive thesis collection KOOKERVILLE for which she was recently named finalist for “Designer of the Year” upon graduating from Parsons School of Design.

Aneta Panek

May 3 – 31, 2017
Aneta Panek staged Alchemy of Punk (working title), a punk opera she has been developing over three years within the framework of her artistic PhD at the University of Arts, Berlin and Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France.

Sebastián Escalona & Josefina Dagorret

May 3 – 31, 2017
Escalona and Dagorret continued the development of Extinct Rite – a research project that combines different languages of artistic expressions involving landscape, the body, site-specificity and memory.

Stacey Goodman

May 3 – 23, 2017
Multi-disciplinary artist Stacey Goodman focused on connecting the performative and ephemeral aspects of his work Dreams, Light & Liberationto it’s video and sculptural components


June 5 – 16, 2017
Stathis Anthanasiou and Stavros Gasparatos developed a performance inspired by J.Berger’s phrase “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at”.

Jeremy Dennis

June 5 – 16, 2017
Jeremy Dennis used the web as one of three platforms to preserve and establish On This Site, an authentic indigenous identity of his tribe which is based over ten thousand years of tradition.


September 6 – 18, 2017
Yao Zhang and collaborator Liang Guo work together under the collective name NoodleRice to develop a their image-based performance piece titled A Bibliography of Romance.

Royce Weatherly

Sept. 6 – October 11, 2017
2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Royce Weatherly will work on the final layers of several paintings at once, as each work nears completion in slow, almost invisible increments.

Lilian Colosso

Sept. 6 – October 11, 2017
Lilian Colosso explores her performance piece To Embrace the World (2016), wherein she embraces trees, rocks and bushes for extended periods of time, shaping an uncommon relationship with various sites.

Lua Rivera

Sept. 6 – October 11, 2017
Lua Rivera’s Natura Nurtura investigates the nesting processes of birds through the construction of different habitable “Nests.” Her installations are made with photographs of human and hummingbird anatomy mixed with the essential materials used for nesting.

Marianna Kavallieratos & Dom Bouffard

Oct. 18 – November 20, 2017
Marianna Kavallieratos and Dom Bouffard will develop the intermedia performance work titled DEATH. Incorporating movement, sound, color and real-time digital media, the piece seeks to be a celebration of life, which without death would be meaningless.

Carlos Bunga

Oct. 18 – November 20, 2017
2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Carlos Bunga experiments with the crossover between painting and sculpture. Creating large, site-specific installations Bunga’s work touches on issues relating to demographics, immigration, socio-economic disparity, and the fragility of contemporary city life.

Fan Letters

Nov. 29 – December 13, 2017
Fan Letters, an audiovisual duo collaboration between composer Dylan Neely and video artist Alex Nathanson – will utilize their residency at The Watermill Center to develop their opera Autocomplete.

Brian O’Mahoney

Nov. 29 – December 13, 2017
Nonsensically but seriously investigating interpersonal relations, TALK TO ME by Brian O’Mahoney is a romp through new and absurd physical dialects, seeking to interrogate the source of our collective anxiety around communication.