Open Call

2023 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. 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 regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity

Number of Participants

The Artist Residency Program is a communal program, there are multiple residencies occurring concurrently, with anywhere from 2-4 residencies with 3-15 artists on-site at a given time. It is integral to Watermill’s programming that artists live and work with other Artists-in-Residence. Educational and community programming is also scheduled throughout residencies. Throughout the year we will host roughly 20 residencies.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 01, 2023 - December 22, 2023


  • $12.00 application fee


Desk Space, Gallery, Individual Studio, Library, Shared Studio, Wood Shop


Guest House, Kitchen, Private Bathroom, Private Room


Chef on Site, Lunch

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Discussion, Group Dinners, Open Studios, Retreat, Self-Directed


Acting, Activists, Architecture, Book Arts, Choreography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Mime, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Scholar, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Video Art, Visual Arts



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. 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 Collection; and The Center’s ten-acre landsca

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