Call for Entries: 2022 Residency Program


If you have landed on this page directly without visiting our website first, we strongly encourage you to read more about our residency program, the application guidelines, and residency FAQs before beginning your application.

 

Each year, the Saltonstall Foundation awards free, stipend-supported, accessible residencies to artists and writers who are residents of New York State and Indian Nations therein. We support artists and writers working in the following disciplines:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
  • Photography & Filmmaking
  • Painting | Sculpture | Visual Arts


ACCESSIBILITY: Our new accessible addition includes a private accessible living space with a roll-in shower, a private accessible studio (for a visual artist or writer), a shared accessible kitchen and dining area, accessible laundry facilities, and an adjoining private one-bedroom suite for a personal care assistant if needed.


To all applicants: For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our juries as the rounds progress.


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Saltonstall is located eight miles east of Ithaca, New York on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands  of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Nation (generally known as the Cayuga Nation) one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.


A Saltonstall residency is a small community. We strive to provide a quiet, inviting, respectful, and nurturing community for creative individuals looking for uninterrupted time to focus on their craft.

There are just five individuals in residence at a time: one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, one photographer or filmmaker, and two visual artists. Each group of five arrives and departs at the same time.

We believe in and value a diverse community of creative individuals. To that end, we hope that all artists and writers feel welcome to apply for a residency, regardless of one’s level of education, experience, race, ethnicity, age, sex, religious belief, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or national origin.


There is no cost to attend Saltonstall and no application fee associated with this application. Additionally, to help offset travel to Ithaca and other personal expenses, we off stipends of $750 for each month-long Fellow, $375 for each two-week Fellow, and $200 for each artist/writer attending the six-night residency for parents.  


All applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must be residents of New York State or Indian Nations therein ** (all counties). Residencies are for individual artists and writers. We are unable to accommodate groups or pairs of people working together. It is expected that those selected for a residency live at Saltonstall for the duration of the residency period. (Specific residency dates are inclusive -- i.e. parent-artists would arrive on June 2 and depart June 8.)  

Dates for our 2022 residencies are as follows


Our third annual six-night residency for artist/writer parents:

  • Thursday, June 2 – Wednesday, June 8

Please note: this residency is strictly for artist/writer parents who have at least one dependent child (under 18) at home. Since the residency is designed to be a period of solitude and focus for artists and writers, we ask that children and other family members remain home.


Our four-week residencies:

  • Monday, June 13 - Monday, July 11
  • Monday, July 18 - Monday, August 15
  • Monday, August 22 - Monday, September 19


Our two-week residencies:

  • Monday, September 26 - Monday, October 10
  • Friday, October 14 - Friday, October 28


Applicants may apply for either our pilot 6-night residency for parents or the month-long residency or a two-week residency (not a combination). For those applying for the longer residencies, you will be given an opportunity to rank your choice of dates within the application. 


All applicants (including those applying for the six-night residency for parents) may apply in more than one artistic or literary category, however a complete and separate application for each category is required.


ALUMNI: Saltonstall alumni who were attended a residency prior to 2021 are welcome to reapply. Work samples must be different than the work for which an alum was previously awarded the residency.  


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022


- We convene a different and diverse jury for each discipline. Jurors serve anonymously and change each year. 

- Your application is considered on the merit of your work sample and your artist's and writer's statement. 

- Your work and statement are presented anonymously to the jury. 

- All applicants are notified on or before April 8, 2022.

- For accessibility accommodations regarding our application form, please email lesley@saltonstall.org


Please note: Since our jurying process is anonymous, it is very important that you do not identify yourself within your statement or work samples. Do not include information such as your name or your age.

- Do not credential yourself. For example, your writer's or artist's statement should not mention where or when you went to school or where you've been published, exhibited, etc. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.

 
If there are errors, you will not have an opportunity to fix them, and your application will be disqualified. We don't want that to happen!

Please carefully review the instructions for the discipline in which you are applying before you begin the application process. Good luck! 


** To be eligible for a Saltonstall residency, you must be a resident of New York State or an Indian Nation therein.

What does this mean? Simply put, you must be currently living in the State of New York. If you are a resident of New York State, you generally have some combination of the following:

  • a New York State voter registration card
  • a New York State driver’s license
  • proof of a lease or mortgage for real property in New York State
  • utility bills for your New York State place of residence
  • New York State income tax returns
  • New York State bank accounts

We apologize that we cannot accept your application if you are currently living elsewhere and plan to move back to New York in time for the residency. We will be happy to receive your application in the following year once you are a full-time New York State resident.


Finally:  

Please take a moment and reflect on whether or not you would accept a residency if selected. (Because it might happen!) Our Call for Entries —  from initial announcement to jurying to selection — takes a significant amount of time, financial resources, and human resources. We hope you’ll apply with intention and be ready to say “yes!” if offered a residency.

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!

Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your writer's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field.  While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.


Your work sample:

At the bottom of the page, please upload two documents: your writer's statement and your work sample. Please save your files as Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF documents. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf."

- The statement about your work should be no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) This is your writer's statement and will be seen by the jury.

PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.  

- Your work sample should include no more than fifteen pages with no more than one poem per page. For example: a single longer poem may take up 2-3 pages, but please do not include two poems on a single page.

- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!

You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.

Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.  


Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!  


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your writer's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we  would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process,  we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information as the rounds progress.

  
Your work sample: At the bottom of the page, please upload two documents: your writer's statement and your work sample. Please save your files as Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF documents. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf."  


- The statement about your work should be no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) This is your writer's statement and will be seen by the jury.  


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.    


- Your work sample should include no more than fifteen pages with no more than one poem per page. For example: a single longer poem may take up 2-3 pages, but please do not include two poems on a single page.  


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!  


- You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.   


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.  


Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your writer's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director. 


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of  each application. These questions are completely optional, although we  would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field.  While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process,  we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information as the rounds progress.



Your work sample: At the bottom of the page, please upload two documents: your writer's statement and your work sample. Please save your files as Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF documents. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf."


- The statement about your work should be no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) This is your writer's statement and will be seen by the jury.


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.


- Your work sample should include no more than twenty pages which may consist of a complete short work, a work-in-progress, an excerpt from a longer work, or a combination of various works.  

- Please use a 12pt font size, and double-space your work. Please do not ask us to make an exception regarding the page limit.


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!


You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.

Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.  


Best of luck!

 Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your writer's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information as the rounds progress.


Your work sample: At the bottom of the page, please upload two documents: your writer's statement and your work sample. Please save your files as Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF documents. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf."


- The statement about your work should be no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) This is your writer's statement and will be seen by the jury.


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.


- Your work sample should include no more than twenty pages which may consist of a complete short work, a work-in-progress, an excerpt from a longer work, or a combination of various works.


- You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.


- Please use a 12pt font size, and double-space your work. Please do not ask us to make an exception regarding the page limit.    


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!    


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.


Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your artist statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.


Your artist's statement:



-We ask for a short statement about your work, no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) Please save your file as a Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF document. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf" This is your artist's statement and will be seen by the jury. Please do not identify yourself in any way.



PLEASE NOTE: Do not identify and credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, exhibited, screened, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.



- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and we don't want that to happen!


Your file list and work samples:


Photographers: Please upload eleven individual files -- one file list plus ten samples of your work at 72 dpi & 1000 pixels in the largest direction. Please use the .jpg format and keep your files small: less than 2MG per image is best.


Please DO NOT include your name or any portion of your name in the name of the file. Use a generic file name, like "image1.jpg" or "salt1.jpg" or something similar. Thank you for your attention to this particular detail!

Photographers: your file list should include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting.


- Each uploaded image file should only contain one image of a single, individual work. In other words, do not upload an image of a two-page spread from a catalog (for ex.) that shows multiple works.



Filmmakers: Please upload one or two five-minute samples of your work. Your file list should provide a very brief description of each sample in addition to a title and date the work was created. Links to Vimeo or YouTube are accepted as long as your name is not visible. (Please be sure to provide any user name / password information necessary.)



You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.



Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.  



Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your artist statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.



Your artist's statement:


We ask for a short statement about your work, no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) Please save your file as a Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF document. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf." This is your artist's statement and will be seen by the jury. 

 
PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!


Your file list and work samples


Photographers: Please upload eleven individual files -- one file list plus ten samples of your work at 72 dpi & 1000 pixels in the largest direction. Please use the .jpg format and keep your files small: less than 2MG per image is best.


Please DO NOT include your name or any portion of your name in the name of the file. Use a generic file name, like "image1.jpg" or "salt1.jpg" or something similar. Thank you for your attention to this particular detail!

Photographers: your file list should include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting.


- Each uploaded image file should only contain one image of a single, individual work. In other words, do not upload an image of a two-page spread from a catalog (for ex.) that shows multiple works.


Filmmakers: Please upload one or two five-minute samples of your work. Your file list should provide a very brief description of each sample in addition to a title and date the work was created. Links to Vimeo or YouTube are accepted as long as your name is not visible. (Please be sure to provide any username / password information necessary.)


- You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.



Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.



Best of luck!

Note: you will need a Submittable account to apply for the residency. At the bottom of this page you'll find a link to create your account at which point you can submit an application!

Application deadline: Feb 15, 2022

Final selections announced: Mar 1, 2022

About the residency: Please read everything we have offered diligently before contacting us with questions at info@circusculture.org.

The Saltonstall x Circus Culture residency is designed to provide a generous and spacious environment for the development of the circus arts in NY State and/or Indian Nations based therein. It does this by giving individual circus artists from the region time and space with an idea or project of their choosing that they want to develop, polish, investigate, or work on.

There are six residency spaces open to individual artists during this round. 

Artists must be 21 or older.

We define a circus artist as anyone involved in any aspect of art making, creative problem solving, or innovation within the circus arts. This may include designers, dramaturges, choreographers, directors, circademics, writers, photographers, riggers, performers, teaching artists, and more.

Duos who are comfortable sharing a single accommodation are welcome to apply as a unit if working on the same project (please submit a single application noting that you are a duo). Groups and ensembles are not eligible at this time, but a representative from a group or ensemble may apply to work on a project related to that group or ensemble.

About Saltonstall:

The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts supports the development of the arts through residencies at its 200 acre retreat center in Ithaca, NY for artists based in New York State and/or Indian Nations based therein.

About Circus Culture:

Circus Culture is Ithaca’s very own circus school based in downtown Ithaca, NY. We engage in developing circus access and opportunities through education, performance, production, and support for emerging and professional artists.

What is included:

The residency provides housing for 6 nights/7 days (Monday April 18- Sunday April 24th) with a private room and work space with desk and private bathroom, $100 travel stipend, access to 4 hours per day of shared circus studio time at Circus Culture (details below), pantry staples, local vegetables for breakfast and lunch, and communal dinners provided by a private chef. For those in residence without a car, local transportation to and from Saltonstall to downtown Ithaca (7 miles) where Circus Culture and the bus depot is will be provided, or artists may carpool if appropriate.

The residency is designed for individuals to dive deep into a project they already have brewing or have always wanted to devote energy to. Preference is given to work plans that show ingenuity, clarity, feasibility, and synchronicity with the residency offerings. This is largely a solitary retreat but you will be in community with 5 other circus artists and will gather together for dinners.

Proof of vaccination and booster, and negative test within 72 hours of arrival are required to be in residence at Saltonstall. Once on site masks will be optional in shared spaces. 


Dates and Location:

Dates: April 18-24th 2022

Residency location (live/work space):

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road Ithaca, NY 14850

Circus Space location (circus studio space):

Circus Culture, 116 West Green Street Ithaca, NY 14850

Accessibility:

There is on site housing at Saltonstall with an accessible bedroom, kitchen, work space, and bathroom as well as guest quarters for a supporting individual. Learn more about Saltonstall’s new accessible space here.

Circus Culture’s space is ADA compliant and staff and funding will be available to provide additional accommodations requested by artists at the residency. Artists will have the opportunity to request services and share more information regarding access in their application.

Access to equipment and circus space:

Saltonstall is designed as a visual artist, photography, and writers retreat, so the housing and studios on site are not necessarily optimized for movement, physical training, and circus apparatus. Given this, access to studio space at Circus Culture will also be provided.  Many of the rooms at Saltonstall are large with wood floors and vaulted ceilings and may be suitable for movement exploration depending on your discipline.  Many applicants may not require movement space to engage with their project (especially if it involves research, writing, designing, etc). Free standing aerial rigs are available for use on site outdoors at Saltonstall.  We will work with residency recipients to match people with the best accommodation for what they are working on.

Some artists may want to stay on site at Saltonstall the entire time to truly retreat in nature, and never leave to go to the circus studio. Others may want to spend up to 4 hours per day at the studio - this residency is designed to be flexible. We are hopeful that applicants will propose projects that lean into what this residency can offer - access to nature, quiet private and reflective time and space for ideas to brew and develop, a small nurturing circus studio, and nourishing food.

Artists should designate any circus related equipment they need access to that they will not bring themselves in the application. In some cases, Saltonstall and Circus Culture may not have the structures needed to support an artist's request, so the more details the better will help us choose applicants who we can provide a positive experience to. Please read the below so you are informed about what is available, which will provide the greatest chance of a good match!

Circus Studio access:

The retreat provides optional shared access to Circus Culture’s two studio spaces (36x36 ft, and 30x24ft) which have 16ft - 18ft ceilings for up to 4 hours per day which includes:

-10 aerial rigging points on 1:1 pulleys

-Access to blocks, rollers, therabands, etc

-2 inch carpet bonded floor mats, panel mats, 8 inch and 12 inch landing mats.

-Access to free standing Unicycle brand highwire, unicycles, juggling props, etc.

-18.5 ft free standing aerial rig (if desired, to be set up on site at Saltonstall outside).

-14 foot freestanding rig to be set up inside certain vaulted ceiling spaces.

-Various circus props and equipment (aerial, cyr, unicycles, juggling props, etc)

Private solo time in the circus studio (vs shared with the other artists) may be available depending on the mix up of artists who apply.

Saltonstall space access:

-Private room living quarters (more info here, scroll to the bottom to see the 6 different living spaces at Saltonstall) with a desk, private bathroom, and shared kitchen.

-200 acres of outdoor space

-Some studios have high enough ceilings for certain circus disciplines. Depending on how you wish to use the space circus training may be able to occur in some of the indoor locations on site. There is ample outdoor space.

-Saltonstall has spaces specifically designed for visual art, photography, and writing - if you notice that Saltonstall has a resource that you might want to use and is relevant to your work plan, feel free to let us know in the housing request portion of the application.

Please share as many specifics as possible regarding space needs in your work plan.

Application Guidelines:

We use Submittable, an easy, online submission manager for the application. If you are not already signed-up with Submittable, you will be prompted to create a free account. Submittable helps make the application process smooth and simple for you and for us.

How are applicants selected?:

Applicants will be selected by a jury made up of NY based circus professionals based exclusively on the materials provided in your application.

We give equal value to your artist statement, work plan, and work samples. Limitations, defined as any limiting factors - personal, societal, structural, artistic, or otherwise that have reduced your capacity to make the circus that you wish to for any reason during your career, are taken into consideration in the spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Once a short list is decided on, we use personal references to affirm if individuals are a good fit for this particular live/work residency opportunity.

Please note we do not ask for your resume and will not base our decisions on reputation, education, social media, or anything else we did not specifically ask for.

Preparing your application material:

We highly recommend that you gather and edit everything on a computer, phone, or cloud based service like google drive before cutting and pasting your final document into Submittable to ensure everything is in final form.

This is everything we ask for:

Please prepare:

  • Basic personal information - name, pronouns if you wish, address
  • Project synopsis - Describe your project concisely. (50 words or less)
  • Artist’s statement - how and why you make work in your own words. (400 words or less )
  • Work plan - what you intend to explore during the residency and what you need to make it happen. (400 words or less)
  • Samples of work - up to 3 samples that you feel best represent you as an artist in any format (photo, video, pdf, link, etc).
  • Limitations (optional) - a description of any limiting factors - personal, societal, structural, artistic, or otherwise that have reduced your capacity to make the circus that you wish to for any reason during your career that feels relevant to share with us.
  • Technical requirements - so the jury can evaluate if your plan fits with the resources on offer.
  • Contact information for 2 personal references - people who can vouch for you personally (in regards to living/working in shared space). This is not a professional reference, rather a way for us to ensure safety and comfort for the group. All participants will be asked to abide by a community code of conduct while in residence.
  • Access needs - to share any any accessibility requests or needs.

Feel free to email us at info@circusculture.org at least 72 hours prior to the deadline of Feb 15th with any questions about the above information we ask you to provide. We highly recommend you reach out to us to discuss any questions or concerns regarding space or equipment so we can help you assess what is feasible within the circumstances. We are looking for work plans that sync well with the Saltonstall x Circus Culture resources being made available.

A note on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI):

Saltonstall and Circus Culture value dedicated play, creative physicality, and inclusive community and are on a forever quest to make our offerings equitable and our spaces welcoming to all. We believe in and value a diverse community of creative individuals. To that end, it is our intention to provide a residency where all artists feel welcome to apply regardless of one’s level of education, experience, race, age, sex, religious belief, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or national origin.

You will have the opportunity in your application to explain any EDI related circumstances that you wish for the jury to consider in the optional “limitations” section of the application.

Travel to Ithaca

Ithaca is located in the finger lakes region and is accessible by bus or car. We are aware it isn’t the easiest place to get to via public transit. We will assist any artists in need with transportation beyond the $100 stipend if there are additional travel barriers to get to Ithaca from where you reside.

Questions?

Please contact info@circusculture.org with any questions you have about the application or experience.

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your artist statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.


Your artist's statement:    We ask for a short statement about your work, no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) Please save your file as a Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF document. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf." This is your artist's statement and will be seen by the jury.


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've exhibited your work, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.
Your file list and work samples:


- Please upload a one-page file list and up to ten samples of your work at 72 dpi & 1000 pixels in the largest direction. Please save your images as .jpg and keep them under 2MB. You will upload the file list and images one at a time.   


- Your file list should include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting.


- Please DO NOT include your name or any portion of your name in the name of the file. Use a generic file name, like "image1.jpg" or "salt1.jpg" or something similar. Thank you for your attention to this particular detail!   


- You may submit ten images from a single body of work (or series), or you may show different bodies of work. Just make sure to explain in your artist's statement what the jury is viewing. If you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.


- Each uploaded image file should only contain one image of a single, individual work. In other words, do not upload an image of a two-page spread from a catalog (for ex.) that shows multiple works.      


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.    


Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in a Saltonstall residency. We look forward to receiving your application!   


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your artist statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.


Your artist's statement:    We ask for a short statement about your work, no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) Please save your file as a Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF document. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf." This is your artist's statement and will be seen by the jury.     


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you've exhibited your work or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.

Your file list and work samples:

- Please upload a one-page file list and up to ten samples of your work at 72 dpi & 1000 pixels in the largest direction. Please save your images as .jpg and keep them under 2MB. You will upload the file list and images one at a time.


- Your file list should include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting.


- Please DO NOT include your name or any portion of your name in the name of the file. Use a generic file name, like "image1.jpg" or "salt1.jpg" or something similar. Thank you for your attention to this particular detail!


- You may submit ten images from a single body of work (or series), or you may show different bodies of work. Just make sure to explain in your artist's statement what the jury is viewing. If you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.


- Each uploaded image file should only contain one image of a single, individual work. In other words, do not upload an image of a two-page spread from a catalog (for ex.) that shows multiple works.  


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.  



Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in Saltonstall's residency specifically for parent artists and writers. We look forward to receiving your application!   


This special residency is for New York State artists and writers who have at least one dependent child (under the age of 18) at home. We are not able to accommodate children, spouses, partners, or collaborators. This residency is for you alone!     


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your writer's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.



Your work sample: At the bottom of the page, please upload two documents: your writer's statement and your work sample. Please save your files as Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF documents. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf."


- The statement about your work should be no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) This is your writer's statement and will be seen by the jury.
PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.


- Your work sample should include no more than fifteen pages with no more than one poem per page. For example: a single longer poem may take up 2-3 pages, but please do not include two poems on a single page.


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!


- You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.



Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in Saltonstall's residency specifically for parent artists and writers. We look forward to receiving your application!   


This special residency is for New York State artists and writers who have at least one dependent child (under the age of 18) at home. We are not able to accommodate children, spouses, partners, or collaborators. This residency is for you alone!     


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your writer's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.


Your work sample: At the bottom of the page, please upload two documents: your writer's statement and your work sample. Please save your files as Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF documents. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf."


- The statement about your work should be no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) This is your writer's statement and will be seen by the jury.


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.


- Your work sample should include no more than twenty pages which may consist of a complete short work, a work-in-progress, an excerpt from a longer work, or a combination of various works.


- You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.


- Please use a 12pt font size, and double-space your work. Please do not ask us to make an exception regarding the page limit.    


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!   


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.



Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in Saltonstall's residency specifically for parent artists and writers. We look forward to receiving your application!   


This special residency is for New York State artists and writers who have at least one dependent child (under the age of 18) at home. We are not able to accommodate children, spouses, partners, or collaborators. This residency is for you alone!     


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your artist statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.   


Your artist's statement:    We ask for a short statement about your work, no longer than one page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) Please save your file as a Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF document. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf." This is your artist's statement and will be seen by the jury.     


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you went to school or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.   


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!   
Your file list and work samples


Photographers: Please upload eleven individual files -- one file list plus ten samples of your work at 72 dpi & 1000 pixels in the largest direction. Please use the .jpg format and keep your files small: less than 2MG per image is best.   


Please DO NOT include your name or any portion of your name in the name of the file. Use a generic file name, like "image1.jpg" or "salt1.jpg" or something similar. Thank you for your attention to this particular detail!  


Photographers: your file list should include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting.


Filmmakers: Please upload one or two five-minute samples of your work. Your file list should provide a very brief description of each sample in addition to a title and date the work was created. Links to Vimeo or YouTube are accepted as long as your name is not visible. (Please be sure to provide any username / password information necessary.)  


- You may submit previously published work or yet-to-be published work. However, if you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.    


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.    



Best of luck!

Thank you for your interest in Saltonstall's residency specifically for parent artists and writers. We look forward to receiving your application!


This special residency is for New York State artists and writers who have at least one dependent child (under the age of 18) at home. We are not able to accommodate children, spouses, partners, or collaborators. This residency is for you alone!  


Below, we ask you to fill out some basic information and upload a few documents. Please know that only your artist's statement and work sample will be shared with our jury.* Everything else, including your resume and references, will only be seen by Saltonstall's director.


* For the first time, we are asking a few demographic questions at the end of each application. These questions are completely optional, although we would be grateful for your participation. In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive, equitable, and accessible, we want to empower our juries to consider the applicants' historical representation and to recommend a roster of writers and artists that capture the diversity of the field. While applicants will remain anonymous throughout the jurying process, we anticipate sharing some geographic and demographic information with our jurors.



Your artist's statement:    We ask for a short statement about your work, no longer than one (1) page. (For example, something in the 400-word range.) Please save your file as a Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF document. Examples: "Saltonstall.docx" or "Saltonstall.pdf." This is your artist's statement and will be seen by the jury.


PLEASE NOTE: Please do not identify or credential yourself. For example, your statement should not mention where you've exhibited your work or where you've been published, or any honor / publication / residency, etc. that would normally be included within a resume. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.


Your file list and work samples:  - Please upload a one-page file list and up to ten samples of your work at 72 dpi & 1000 pixels in the largest direction. Please save your images as .jpg and keep them under 2MB. You will upload the file list and images one at a time.


- Your file list should include the title, date, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting.   


- Please DO NOT include your name or any portion of your name in the name of the file. Use a generic file name, like "image1.jpg" or "salt1.jpg" or something similar. Thank you for your attention to this particular detail!   


- You may submit ten images from a single body of work (or series), or you may show different bodies of work. Just make sure to explain in your artist's statement what the jury is viewing. If you’re a Saltonstall residency alum, please do not submit any work samples for which you were previously awarded our residency.    


- Because our jurying process is anonymous, we can't stress this enough: Please take special care to avoid identifying and credentialing yourself in your statement and in how you name your work sample files. If there are errors, your application will be disqualified, and you will not have an opportunity to make corrections. We don't want that to happen!


Application fee: NONE! We eliminated our application fee three years ago. We hope this helps. Tell your friends.  



Best of luck!

Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts