Mount Tremper Arts (MTA) supports contemporary artists in the creation and presentation of new works of art. Founded in 2008 by photographer Mathew Pokoik and choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke, MTA is an artist-run space that fosters an environment of creative risk taking and intellectual curiosity through an integration of performances, exhibitions, artist residencies, and hybrid food and art programming. With an intensive Summer Festival and year-round Creative Development Residencies for artists, MTA nurtures both the solitude necessary for making artistic work and the community needed to share it. Local agricultural models influence MTA’s programming, and issues of economic and environmental sustainability are a core concern of the center.
MTA provides three residency programs:
(1) Creative Development Residencies
MTA supports the development of new works of art for the Summer Festival through Creative Development Residencies. All artists who participate in the festival are provided with two weeks of residency time here in the Catskills between September and May. Residencies includes 24/7 exclusive use of the studio building, living quarters in the Main House, and quiet dedicated time to focus on their art practice. Please note that Creative Development Residencies are by invitation only.
(2) Subsidized Residencies
Between September - May we offer affordable residencies open to all performance artists and/or ensembles who create contemporay works of art. Artists have exclusive 24/7 use of the studio building plus a shared kitchen and housing for up to 12 people. Rates are $650 for 1 week and $90 for additional days.
(3) Work Exchange Residencies
Work exchange residencies are available from 1 to 9 months, and are ideal for recently graduated artists, writers, and curators. Residents contribute 20 hours of work per week, which may include residency preparation, grounds and garden work, cleaning, snow shoveling, stuffing envelopes, production assistance, other admin work, or just about anything else depending on personal skills. Candidates must be independent and self-motivated. Residencies include a private bedroom in the main house, a shared kitchen and living room, and wi-fi internet. The Studio is available when not in use by other residencies during warm weather. Food and transportation are not a part of the exchange, and a car is strongly recommended (but not essential.)