Organization

Weir Farm Art Center

Based on 2 reviews
Founded 1989
Wilton, United States
  • Facilities & Accommodation
  • Staff
  • Value & Alumni Impact
  • Environment & Setting
  • Community & Social Atmosphere
2 alumni recommend this organization

About

Since 1998, Weir Farm Art Center (WFAC) and Weir Farm National Historic Site (Weir Farm NHS) has welcomed more than 220 artists from across the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, England, India, Ireland, South Africa and The Netherlands have participated in the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. The AIR program at Weir Farm NHS selects artists to spend one month living and working at the park. Visual artists apply for residencies in all media and diverse artistic points of view from traditional to experimental. Building on the inspiring artistic legacy of Weir Farm NHS, the WFAC provides support to working artists, through a 10-month residency program with housing and studio space provided. Artists are chosen through an annual call for applicants followed by a competitive jury process.

Local Information

Located on the Wilton/Ridgefield, CT border, the Weir Farm Art Center’s program provides living and studio space for one artist at a time although two artists working collaboratively may reside together. The residence is located in a charming 1,100 sq. ft. historic cottage, built in the mid 1800s and located on the Weir Farm site. A large recently completed separate studio just a few steps from the residence is equipped with a professional easel, several large and small tables, and a variety of hand tools. Print-makers may rent off- site facilities through an affiliation with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. The cottage is comfortably furnished with linens, wired and wireless internet, and a fully equipped kitchen. Having a car is extremely helpful although it is not a necessity. Spouses and significant others of participating artists are welcome to visit, but are not permitted to stay for the duration of the residency. Children and pets are not allowed.

Network Affiliations

  • Res Artis
  • Alliance of Artist Communities

Current Open Calls

No open calls

Alumni Reviews

2016 Alumni - Artist in Residence

Weir Farm is a wonderful, peaceful place. The studio space is terrific and the cottage is quite comfortable. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are friendly and helpful. I remain grateful for the restorative and productive time I spent there!

2012 Alumni - Artist in Residence

The facilities at the Weir Farm National Historic site are excellent. The studio space is large and comfortable and backs onto a lovely wooded area. The farmhouse where the artists live is cosy and comfortable. The rangers and staff at the park are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. There are many different types of landscapes to wander through or work in, from fields and meadows to woods, country lanes, old stone wall features and a large pond which is completely surrounded by woods and therefore very peaceful. When everyone leaves at the end of the day it is very quiet and a little isolated feeling.