There are many ways to contribute to the community of artists The Watermill Center continues to foster.

Support of individual campaigns at The Watermill Center, including our annual Garden and Mentor campaigns, allows us to maintain our grounds and gardens, and sponsor young artists from around the world.

For more information, please email

photo © Kristian Kruuser

Your continued support is vital to our mission. At The Watermill Center, artists live with an awareness of what happened in the past – drawing inspiration from and reflecting on it – while creating the new and challenging work of the future. Help us continue our momentum by making a fully tax-deductible contribution today!

In 2019, The Watermill Center will host more than 20 international artists, giving them the time, space and freedom to develop their artistic practice.

For up to 5 weeks each summer, more than 100 artists from over 30 countries gather at Watermill to create and collaborate under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Wilson.

Throughout the school year, The Watermill Center engages educators, students and families through our diverse education initiatives that foster creativity through process-based exploration.

Artists participating in Watermill’s International Summer Program create site-specific installations throughout our grounds for guests during our annual open house, Discover Watermill Day.

While in residence, artists share their unique creative process with the public through open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures or artist talks on select Saturdays throughout the year.

The Watermill Study Library serves an international community of artists, professionals and students throughout the year, promoting artistic research and investigation across mediums.

Your donation, large or small, to our Annual Fund allows us to continuing providing a global community of artists and thinkers with the time and space to develop their work.

For more information about our Annual Fund, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Lovis Ostenrik


Each summer, more than 80 artists from over 30 countries gather at The Watermill Center to create and collaborate under the guidance of Robert Wilson during the International Summer Program. For this time, participants live and work together in an intense collaborative, creative environment, investigating what it means to be a “global artist.” Through the Mentor-Protégé Program, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation provides financial support to offset the $7,500 cost per participant.

For more information about our Mentor-Protégé Program, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Lovis Ostenrik


Surrounding the 20,000+ square foot Watermill Center facility are eight-and-a-half acres of verdant lawns, pebbled terraces and outdoor gardens. Each year, we select an area of the Watermill grounds to focus the efforts of our annual Tree Campaign. In past years, support of our Garden Campaign has enabled us to design and execute rooftop, meditation and sculpture gardens for our artists and most recently a wildflower meadow in honor of Clementine Hunter.

For more information about our Garden Campaign, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Maria Baranova-Suzuki


Collaborators of The Watermill Center help support our year-round programming, making our Artist Residency and Education Programs possible. At all levels, Collaborators will receive name recognition in materials distributed at The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction and invitations to quarterly cocktail receptions including one with Robert Wilson during our International Summer Program.

PERFORMER – $50 | ​includes an artist-designed ​Watermill ​C​enter tote bag

SET DESIGNER – $125 | all of the above, plus a special gift from ​Robert ​Wilson

COSTUME DESIGNER – $250 | all of the above, plus copy of T​he Watermill ​C​enter – ​A​ ​Laboratory for ​Performance: ​Robert ​Wilson’s ​Legacy, signed by Robert Wilson

COMPOSER – $500 | all of the above, plus a set of ​Robert ​Wilson and ​Watermill artist designed illycaffè espresso cups

DRAMATURG – $1,000 | all of the above, plus a private reception at ​Th​e Watermill ​C​enter for up to 12 guests

CURATOR – $2,500 | all of the above, ​plus ​this level directly supports ​our Education Programs and offers recognition in all applicable marketing materials

DIRECTOR – $5,000 | all Composer benefits, plus lunch for 4 at ​T​he Watermill C​enter with ​Robert Wilson during our International Summer Program, and name recognition in all Robert Wilson production programs around the world

PRODUCER – $10,000 | all Director benefits, plus two seats to a summer workshop to experience first-hand the creative process of the program. ​This membership level directly supports one Summer Program participant

For more information about becoming a Collaborator of The Watermill Center​, please email ​

photo © Kristian Kruuser


A passionate group of arts patrons in their 20s-40s, The Watermill Center Byrds was created to support The Watermill Center and further the progress of the arts. Founded and chaired by Nicholas Coblence, The Byrds help raise awareness of Watermill’s year round residency program, renowned partnerships with leading arts organizations, and the special exhibitions both at The Center and its NYC Chelsea Studio.

As a member of The Watermill Center’s young patron group you will enjoy special access to The Watermill Center and its international network of artists with invitations to attend various Byrds events throughout the year, including exclusive cocktail and dinner receptions; visits to artist studios, galleries, and private collections; invitations to select contemporary art fairs; and specially priced tickets to all Benefit events including the renowned Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit. The group receives special recognition on The Watermill Center website as well as in all Benefit printed invitations and materials.



  • January 24, 2018 | Studio Visit with Cai Guo-Qiang. New York, NY. USA
  • August 4, 2018 | Byrds Reunion Lunch @ The Watermill Center with The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds. Water Mill, NY. USA
  • August 7, 2018 | Members Cocktail Party @ The Watermill Center with Aja Monet. Water Mill, NY. USA
  • October 9, 2018 | JP Morgan Chase Collection Tour

For more information about The Watermill Byrds, please contact us at

photo © Lovis Ostenrik

Looking to the future of The Watermill Center, Planned Giving ensures our legacy and commitment to artists for generations to come. Planned gifts, which can be made through bequests, trusts, life insurance policies, retirement plans, and more, provide many important benefits to both you and to Watermill. No matter the size, your donation is vitally important to the future success of Watermill, allowing us to continue to foster a global community of emerging and established artists and visionaries. We are happy to work with you to structure a gift that best fulfills your charitable goals.

For more information about Planned Giving, please email Director of Individual Giving and Special Events Elise Herget at or call (212) 253-7484 x116.

photo © Maria Baranova-Suzuki