Open Call

2023 International Summer Program

The Watermill Center

With Funding
Water Mill, United States


Q: How are artists selected to participate in the Summer Program? A selection committee, including Robert Wilson, chooses the Summer Program participants. Participants are selected based on their artistic abilities and objectives, achievements, and creative potential, as well as how they might be served by, and contribute to, the Summer Program at The Center. Selection is also determined based on the needs of the particular year’s workshops and activities and the need to maintain a diverse group of participants from varying disciplines, countries, and professional and artistic backgrounds while aiming to ensure a balance between new and returning artists. Q: Who is typically admitted to the Summer Program? Each year differs, but we generally select artists we are confident will be able to complete an engaging performance or installation during the program. We complement this group by inviting a select number of artists, technicians, and performers who will assist in the construction

Number of Participants

Between 10-20 individuals will be selected to participate in The International Summer Program.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


July 10, 2023 - August 02, 2023


  • $500.00 travel budget
  • $500.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $12.00 application fee


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


Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Housing, Shared Bathroom, Shared Room


Breakfast, Chef on Site, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, Vegan, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Exhibition, Mentors, Performances


Acting, Architecture, Ballet, Choreography, Composers, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Fiber Arts, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Land Art, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Opera, Performance Art, Public Art, Puppeteers, Theatre, Thinkers, Visual Arts



Program Description

Our longest-standing program, the International Summer Program unites a community of international artists for a creative intensive at our East End Campus each summer. It offers a unique opportunity to advance one’s artistic practice in a communal and experimental environment and work alongside established arts professionals worldwide. Culminating in our Annual Summer Benefit, the Summer Program provides the time and space for emerging artists to develop new works that push the boundaries of contemporary creative practice. The artists – from different disciplines, countries, and backgrounds – share meals, exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, attend workshops, and participate in the daily life of The Watermill Center. Artists-in-Residence are immersed in an extensive collection of resources, including; 20,000 square feet of multi-purpose interiors and outdoor stages; a theater production archive; The Watermill Center Library; The Watermill Center Collection; and ten acres of lan

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