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A sculpture by Jaques Louis Vidal, Summer Fellow 2012, comes together in the water of the Fishers Island Sound.
Matthew Fischer, Summer Fellow 2012, paints in his studio at the Ferry Annex Building.
Dinner time - first course - at The Lighthouse Works.
Ashleigh Pedersen, Winter 2012 Fellow, looks out over the Long Island Sound.

The Lighthouse Works

FELLOWSHIPS Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space, a travel allowance and a stipend to defray the costs of shipping materials, the purchase of art supplies, and other expenses incurred in making artwork in a remote location; our belief is that no artist should have to spend money to accept the opportunity of a fellowship.


At this time, The Lighthouse Works is only able to offer fellowships to artists who are United States citizens.

OUR MISSION The Lighthouse Works, a nonprofit arts organization, is devoted to encouraging the development of artists through a fellowship program and to the enrichment of the year-round cultural vitality of Fishers Island, New York.


Fishers Island , New York: United States

Fishers Island, New York, is a small island located in the Long Island Sound just off the coast of Connecticut. We are accessible by ferry from New London, Connecticut, and by private or commuter boat from Noank, Connecticut. We like to say the island is isolated, but not remote; New York City and Boston are both within three hours of the island, and public transportation from here to any major east coast city is easily accessible. Please see our “Life on Fishers Island” page for more insight into the joys and comedies of island living.


  • Residency Length: 6 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 12
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 500


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

    Our fellowship program accepts artists working in a wide range of disciplines, but we are best able to accommodate visual artists, writers, and composers. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance.

  • Application deadline: February 01, October 15

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Winter 2012 Jules Buck Jones - Mixed Media Ashleigh Pedersen - Fiction Writing Spring 2012 Maya Hayuk - Painting Shara Hughes - Painting Summer 2012 Matthew Fischer - Painting Jaques Louis Vidal - Sculpture Fall 2012 Devon Sproule - Music Paul Curreri - Music Spring 2013 Boru O'Brien O'Connell - Video Harold Mendez - Multi-media / New Genres, Photography LuLing Osofsky - Creative Nonfiction Writing Spring II 2013 Meredith James - Video, Sculpture Andrew Milward - Fiction Writing Tyler McPhee - Multi-media / New Genres, Video Summer 2013 Zoe Nelson - Painting Margaret Meehan - Sculpture, Installation Ben Shattuck - Fiction and Nonfiction Writing Fall/Winter 2013 Dave Whelan - Painting, Installation Nicolette Good - Music Jaime deBlanc-Knowles - Fiction Writing
"The fellowship went above my expectations. Kelly & Nate were hugely supportive, and the natural setting--the beaches, the moss on the paths, the water, the lushness of the woods despite it being winter, the view from Race Point--was hugely inspiring and rejuvenating. When I needed to clear my head or think through problems about the story I was working on at the time, I swear I felt the island had this kind of life force and just wandering around gave me the thoughts or the sense of calm I needed...There was also just tons of time to write. Kelly and Nate went so far as to make us lunch sometimes so we wouldn't have to stop working. They set up a writing space for me that was ideal, a little attic room I climbed up a ladder to get to, with a view of the water through the skylight. It was so picturesque it was almost funny. I can't say enough about their level of ingenuity and support and enthusiasm for me as a writer and Buck as an artist. I really got to focus on my craft and very little else--besides spending time with good people--for a whole month. "
— Ashleigh Pedersen

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    The Lighthouse Works’ fellowship program is unique in its size and intimacy. While other artists’ residency programs house artists in private cottages or in communal dorms, on Fishers Island our fellows are housed—well, in a house. Fellows live in the home of Kelly Ramsey and Nate Malinowski, Executive Directors of the program, along with their two cats, Pigeon and Pope. Fellows have private bedrooms but share bathrooms, a kitchen and living spaces with the directors and the other artists. Past fellows have loved the supportive, familial nature of this arrangement.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    he house is always stocked with food (with special requests and dietary needs accommodated), and most nights the directors cook for—and eat dinner with—the fellows at one big table.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Lighthouse Works has dedicated studio spaces in the Ferry Annex Building, located adjacent to the cove where the ferry arrives and departs on the north side of the island. Our studios for visual artists are at least 20’x20’, with great light and views of the ocean. Please contact us, at, if you are an applicant or prospective fellow and have questions about our studio facilities.
  • Other facilities and services: Letterpress Print shop.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Fellowships are six weeks in length and include room and board, studio space, access to a wood and print shop, and a $1,750 in stipends.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Expected to participate in one closing event at the end of the fellowship (an open studio, reading, concert, etc).Opportunities to teach unpaid workshops or to mentor a student in the Fishers Island School (k-12) are available.

Contact Information

P.O Box 385
Fishers Island, New York 06390
United States