To date, The Watermill Center’s International Summer Program and Artist Residency Program have serviced over 2,500 artists from over 80 nations.

Past residents have performed work that was created and developed at Watermill at festivals and venues including the New Museum,Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Roulette, PS122, American Realness, Clocktower Gallery, Performa, Vienna’s Donaufestival, Kampnagel in Hamburg, CPR – Center for Performance Research, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, among others.

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photo © Julian Mommert

Throughout the year, alumni from our International Summer Program, Artist Residency Program, and Inga Maren Otto Fellowship are invited to gather in Robert Wilson’s NYC studio to meet, mingle, and connect with our growing community of international artists and thinkers.

If you are an alumni and would like to receive future invitations, please email

photo © Fariha Tasneem

The Watermill Center is pleased to offer fiscal sponsorship to our alumni artists. Accepted projects may use the tax-exempt status of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation as a 501(c)(3)-classified organization.

Fiscal sponsorship increases funding opportunities for individual artists and emerging arts organizations of all disciplines by providing access to foundation and corporate funding opportunities that are restricted to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Sponsored artists are also able to offer individual donors the incentive to make a tax-deductible contribution.

For more information, please email Mary Ellen Obias at Please attach a project description and budget. Sponsored projects must be non-commercial in nature and have some public benefit. The Watermill Center applies a 6% administrative fee on received grants and contributions.

photo © Sam Khoshbin

The Watermill Center proudly promotes upcoming exhibitions, performances, and talks by our alumni. Announcements of upcoming events are made weekly in our newsletter, as well as across our social media platforms.

Alumni of the International Summer Program and year-round Artist Residency Program are encouraged to submit news of their upcoming work through the below form.

photo © Kristian Kruuser

Watermill’s Education Programs are looking for alumni to lead workshops for the East End community year-round. Our programs reach community members of all ages and backgrounds, and involve ongoing partnerships and new programming.

We encourage innovative programming emphasizing the creative process, and collaborate with our artists and teachers to create unique and meaningful experiences. We’re especially looking for Spanish-speaking artists to cater to the large Hispanic community on the East End.

The Watermill Center will provide a modest stipend, including travel from NYC, and overnight accommodations if available. Please reach out to Andrea Cote, Education Coordinator, if you’re interested:

photo © Vipin Kannekanti

Our Alumni Research Retreats invite select artists from the Artist Residency Program and International Summer Program back for a five-day retreat to research and develop future projects. Artists are provided with housing, local transportation and studio space for the duration of their stay.

This program is invite only. Space is limited and subject to availability. For more information, please contact


  • Andrina Smith. Artist Residency Program 2019. January 6-10, 2020.
  • Lexy Ho Tai. Artist Residency Program 2017. January 6-10, 2020.
  • Ali Bianchi. International Summer Program 2018. January 13-18, 2020.
  • Tamar Ettun. Artist Residency Program 2015. January 21-24, 2020.
  • Carl Lawrence. International Summer Program 2013. January 27-31, 2020.
  • Sophia Brous. Artist Residency Program 2016. January 27-31, 2020.


  • Lisa Ross. Artist Residency Program 2016. January 1-11, 2019.
  • Collaboration Town. Artist Residency Program 2008. January 14-18, 2019.
  • Lynsey Peisinger. Summer Program 2011. January 21-25, 2019.
  • Gillian Walsh. Artist Residency Program 2017. January 28 – February 1, 2019.
  • C. Ryder Cooley. Artist Residency Program 2009. February 4-8, 2019.
  • Kevin Doyle. Artist Residency Program 2010. February 11-15, 2019.
  • Fan Letters. Artist Residency Program 2017. February 19-22, 2019.
  • Kate Eberstadt. Artist Residency Program 2017. March 4-8, 2019.
  • Brian O’Mahoney. Artist Residency Program 2017. June  24-28, 2019.


  • Sibyl Kempson. Artist Residency Program 2016. February 13-16, 2018.2018
  • Gillian Walsh. Artist Residency Program 2017. March 27-30, 2018.
  • Elke Luyten & Kira Alker. Artist Residency Program 2007. May 25-28, 2018.
  • Matty Davis. Artist Residency Program 2016. June 19-22, 2018.
  • Andrew Ondrejcak. Artist Residency Program 2016. September 17-21, 2018.
  • Owen Laub. International Summer Program 2013. October 9-15, 2018.
photo © Chloé Bellemère