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The Corporation of Yaddo

Yaddo’s mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means.

Location

Saratoga Springs, New York: United States

Yaddo is located on a 400-acre turn-of-the-century estate at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains in Saratoga Springs, New York. In addition to artist living and working facilities, there are winding roads and paths through the woods, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a pool table, a ping-pong table, and a supply of bicycles to be shared by guests. Yaddo maintains several small libraries, including one of books by Yaddo authors.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2 weeks - 2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 14-30
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 207
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1653

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Yaddo welcomes emerging as well as established artists to apply. Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist's work and professional promise. Yaddo accepts approximately 200 artists each year.

    Small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of artists wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application. Work samples may represent individual work or previous collaborations. Specific concerns should be directed to the Program Director before application. Support personnel or interpretive artists, such as computer programmers, instrumentalists, set and lighting designers and dancers, cannot be included in a residency as part of a collaborative team.

    Applications are considered by six independent admissions committees in the artistic disciplines represented at Yaddo: Literature, Visual Art, Music Composition, Performance, Film & Video, and Collaborative Teams. Applicants applying in this last category are judged as a team.

  • Application deadline: August 01, January 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    The deadline is January 1 for residencies starting May 1 of the same year through February of the following year, and August 1 for residencies starting November of the same year through May of the following year. The application fee is $35, plus a fee for media uploads, depending on the discipline, of $5 to $10. Contact Candace Wait, Program Director, at chwait@yaddo.org, with questions and concerns.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Yaddo writers include James Baldwin, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Patricia Highsmith, Oscar Hijuelos, Langston Hughes, Flannery O’Connor, Mario Puzo, and William Carlos Williams, and more recently, Sheri Fink, Philip Gourevitch, A.M. Homes, Gary Shteyngart, and Colm Tóibín. Composers who have contributed to our shared musical heritage and been supported by Yaddo include past greats Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, and Leonard Bernstein, as well as current talents Derek Bermel, Sebastian Currier, Anne LeBaron, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, and Stewart Wallace. Visual artists from Milton Avery, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Guston, Jacob Lawrence, and George Rickey to Jules Feiffer, Martin Puryear, and Anne Truitt have found inspiration at Yaddo. Yaddo also welcomes artists working in film (feature, documentary, animation) and television, as well as performance art. They include Noah Baumbach, Lisa Cholodenko, Tamara Jenkins, John Kelly, Elizabeth Thompson, Matthew Weiner, and Jessica Yu. Critics such as Helen Vendler, Rob Storr, and Irving Sandler have also been invited for residencies to deepen their craft and enhance their contribution to American arts.
Yaddo was the first time I felt I had come in from the cold. It's not that I write so much more at Yaddo; it's that I write so much better.
— Jonathan Lethem
We are and will continue to be -- always -- about sustaining the creative process through the often magical artists' residency experience. That worthy mission is changeless and our dedication to it enduring.
— Peter Gould

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Each guest has a private bedroom in one of the several buildings on the estate and is assigned a private studio. Linens are provided, and laundry facilities are available. Some of the larger bedrooms serve as both living and working space for writers.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Breakfast and dinner are taken communally; lunch is packed for each artist to enjoy at their leisure. Although the kitchen cannot offer meals for special diets, vegetarian alternatives are provided.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Though the main buildings at Yaddo were built around the turn of the 20th century, improvements in accessibility are ongoing. There are wheelchair-accessible bedrooms, bathrooms, and studios (including the darkroom), and every effort is made to assist individuals with special needs.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    For visual artists, there are studios for painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and welding, as well as a darkroom. Composers' studios are equipped with pianos. Appropriate table space is supplied for writers using computers.

Residency Fees

There is no fee for residency. Yaddo's nonrefundable application is $35, to which a fee may be added for media uploads ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the discipline. Application fees must be paid by credit card.

Stipends / other support

Funds exist to provide limited financial aid to artists, based on need. Only individuals who have already been invited for visits may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with each letter of invitation.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Yaddo’s main focus is the residency program. Unlike other residency programs, Yaddo does not organize readings, recitals, performances, exhibitions, or other such activities for artists in residence, nor place expectations on artists in residence that they will participate in public or private programming.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 395
312 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
United States
Tel: 518-584-0746