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Light Work | Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program

Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 360 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim.

More information can be found online at


Syracuse, New York: United States


  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 12
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 500+


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: July 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Our deadline of July 1 of each year concludes the application period for the following year, however immediately after closing a new application period opens for the next year. This means artists can apply at any time of the year.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, John Gossage, James Casebere, Jim Goldberg, Dawoud Bey, Fazal Sheikh, and Hank Willis Thomas, and many more. See a complete list at
"Light Work's residency program provided me with valuable time and resources to work, to think, to play, to consider, to photograph, to print and to imagine the possible. For it’s extraordinary support and the encouragement that came with it, I remain deeply grateful."
— Carrie Mae Weems (1988 Light Work AIR)
"As we look to the future, we continue to expand our definition of photography and are excited to support a diverse group of artists, working in equally diverse ways."
— Shane Lavalette (Director, Light Work)

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    We offer a private bedroom in a two-bedroom artist apartment just blocks away from our facility. Often there will be another Artist-in-Residence sharing the apartment.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    Residents are responsible for buying or making their own meals. The artist apartment includes a fully-furnished kitchen for cooking and a fridge for groceries.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Digital media, Film / Digital editing, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital)
  • Additional studio information: 
    For more information about our facilities, see

Residency Fees

There are no fees.

Stipends / other support

The residency includes a $5,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, and so on. Artists are not obligated to lecture at our facility, though we hope that the artists are friendly and accessible to local artists and students.

Contact Information

316 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, 13244
United States