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The Horned Dorset Colony

Emerging and professional artists working in the fields of writing, literary translation, musical composition, architectural design, visual arts and interdisciplinary arts are eligible to apply for a four-week residency in the rural town of Leonardsville, located in central New York State.

The founders have graduate degrees in the arts and they have donated multiple houses and 250 acres of land to advance the Colony's mission and insure its future growth. They also own The Horned Dorset Inn, a long-established and successful inn and restaurant which provides the Colony with a dining facility as well as an elegant venue for fundraising events, exhibitions and cultural engagement with the public.

The Horned Dorset Colony offers 3 sessions in 2019:
SESSION I June 6 - July 1
SESSION II July 5 - July 30
SESSION III September 5 - September 30

Application can be made at any time, but the 2019 deadline is February 22. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable$500 deposit will be required of ALL residents, regardless of financial support.

Residents are selected primarily on the basis of artistic merit, with consideration given to stylistic and geographic diversity. Applications are reviewed by an outside panel of professionals and the directors and should be made on-line.

Anyone considering application should begin by sending a brief "Letter of Introduction" by email to This email should include:
1. Your full name and current address
2. The session you wish to attend
3. A brief description of the work you wish to accomplish
4. Links to your website, recent reviews of your work, URL's such as Vimeo, YouTube, or SoundCloud

The Director will then respond to your email with suggestions on how to proceed.

"Horned Dorset Colony provides a deep and profound caring for the arts and the artists."
Joellyn Duesberry, 2012 Resident Artist


Leonardsville, New York: United States

The 250 acre site in the rural hamlet of Leonardsville, N.Y., includes a working apple orchard, hopyard, organic vegetable gardens, waterfall, and miles of walking trails through the hilly woodlands and pastures of a former Horned Dorset breed sheep farm.


  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: February 22

Past Residents & Quotes

"The Horned Dorset Colony raises the bar for artist’s residences! The environment at HDC allowed me to compose at full throttle and introduced me, through collaboration with painters, to the new world of videography. Many nights involved presentations of our work and revelations into our creative processes, which is often too intimate to disclose, but because the environment was so creative, this was easy. The amazing food and accommodation fostered friendships that I shall forever cherish. I am in debt to HDC for introducing me to new ideas, artistic processes and collaboration."
— Nirmali Fenn, composer
"At The Horned Dorset Colony, dinners are an important catalyst for dialogue and for exploring collaborative possibilities. Invigorated by delicious food served in memorable surroundings, artists have a unique opportunity to explore the common components of their various creative biases."
— Kingsley Wratten, Executive Director

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    All residents have their own private room, some with private bath. All houses have comfortable common rooms. A few rooms are of adequate size to comfortably accommodate a spouse, partner, or associate who contributes an essential collaborative component to the artist’s work while in residence.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    All meals are included. Informal breakfast and lunch are in residential houses. Exceptional dinners are served in a private dining room of the esteemed Horned Dorset Inn. Vegetarian choices are available for all meals.
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

No application fee. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable $500 deposit will be required of all residents, regardless of financial support.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

The Horned Dorset Colony
Box 182
Leonardsville, New York 13364
United States