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Sculpture Space, Inc.

Sculpture Space hosts 20 artists from around the world annually to come to Utica to live and create new work. Housed in the former Utica Steam Engine and Boilerworks since its inception in 1976, artists working in all media are encouraged to apply (we have never narrowly defined sculpture), including multi- and trans-disciplines, performance, installation, conceptual, environmental, social and community-based practices, as well as metal and wood work.


Utica, New York: United States

Sculpture Space is located in West Utica, close to downtown, in the scenic Mohawk Valley. Historically a thriving industrial mill town bordering the Erie Canal, known for its world-class museum and grand architecture, Utica is a typical post-industrial Rust-Belt city on the edge of revitalization: surrounded by working farms handed down through generations, with a thriving local/regional artists community, a current population that includes 25% new immigrants and refugees (Somalian, Burmese, Iraqi, Bosnian), close to Colgate and Syracuse universities and Hamilton and Hartwick colleges and within driving distance of New York City, Toronto and Boston.


  • Residency Length: 2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 4-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 20
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 250


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Working knowledge of English necessary. Online application ($20 administrative fee plus $10 slideroom fee) at

  • Application deadline: January 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications accepted November 1 through January 15, 2018 for the 2019 cycle.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Diana Al-Hadid, Mia Feuer, DeWitt Godfrey, Emilie Brzezinski, Lynne Yamamoto, Blane de St. Croix, Allison Wiese, Barbara Andrus, Michael Beitz, Georgina Batty, Maica Evers, Olek, William Tucker, Alicia Eggert, Jarrod Beck, Richard Friedberg, Takashi Soga, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Rosemarie Fiore, Deborah Simon
“Sculpture Space provided a perfect environment for new ideas and concepts that can only be born from a great space, good facilities and seemingly limitless time. The commitment and passion of the other residents, the Board, local artists and the local community, as well as the amazing staff can’t help but leave a positive and optimistic mark on my artistic career. Long story short, I had to stand in front of the band saw and make loud and horrible noise for 10 hours a day. And nobody complained. Who wouldn’t want to come here?”
— Vivian Chiu, AIR 2015
"Perhaps the most valuable impact of this residency has been to liberate my thinking and clarify future directions. The “gift of time” at Sculpture Space allowed me to suspend the realities of my normal life (to an extent), to remember what it is like to have a private space of contemplation and work, and to regain a sense of play, an aspect of creativity that we often lose when we are attempting to make a professional career of a creative passion."
— John W. Ford, AIR 2016

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Individual/private bedrooms, shared living/dining/kitchen, two bathrooms in newly renovated residence one block from studio; Please see website for full description.)


  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    House and studio have fully-equipped kitchens. (Please see website for full description.)
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    5 private private studios, 5500 sqft shared space with equipment/tools. (Please see website for full description.)
  • Other facilities and services: In addition to our full fleet of bicycles for artist use, transportation for materials and supplies, and to/from airport/bus/train is easily arranged via staff/Board/volunteers

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Free access to equipment, free studio space and free housing for two months.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are asked to credit/acknowledge Sculpture Space when work made while in residence is subsequently exhibited or published, and to provide professional quality images of their work for website, archives and publications.. In addition, we require artists donate a mutually-agreed upon artwork to be sold at our annual CHAIRity Art Auction, held every September, benefitting Sculpture Space’s programming.

Contact Information

12 Gates Street
Utica, New York 13502
United States