Open Call

2021 Artist Residency Program

The Watermill Center

No Funding
Water Mill, United States


The Artist Residency Program is open to national and international artists 21+ years of age. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to: visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, and music composition. Solo artists or collaborative groups (such as theatre or dance companies) are welcome to apply. Watermill Alumni are allowed to re-apply after a one year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume. Preference may be given to applicants who have not previously attended. Artists enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency opportunity are not eligible to apply. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists, as an interpreter will not be provided. The Watermill Center is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons.

Number of Participants

Annually, we accept 20-25 artists and collectives to participate in our Artist Residency Program.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 04, 2021 - December 22, 2021


  • $10.00 application fee


Co-Working, Desk Space, Individual Studio, Library, Shared Studio, Wood Shop


Guest House, Live/Work, Private Room, Shared Bathroom, Shared Room



Public Programs

Community Engagement , Demo Day, Open Studios, Round Tables, Workshops


Architecture, Ballet, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Digital Media, DJ / Nightlife, Documentary, Drawing, Fiction, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Mime, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Robotics, Scholar, Scientists, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Tech, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Video Art, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology, Web Design, Web Development


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Program Description

The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individuals take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice. The Artist Residency Program is process-based, without the expectation or promise of a final exhibition of the work. Watermill provides artists with time and space to focus on developing their practice in a communal environment that encourages experimentation. Artists-in-Residence share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, workshops and artist talks.

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