Since 1998, Weir Farm National Historical Park (Weir Farm NHP) has welcomed more than 250 artists from across the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa, and The Netherlands. Weir Farm NHP works with partners, including the Weir Farm Art Alliance (WFAA) and the Friends of Weir Farm, to promote and manage aspects of the residency program.
The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program at Weir Farm NHP selects artists to spend up to one month living and working at the park. Visual artists apply for residencies in all media and diverse artistic points of view from traditional to experimental.
Building on the inspiring artistic legacy of Julian Alden Weir, Weir Farm NHP provides support to working artists, through a residency program with housing and studio space provided. Artists will also receive a stipend of $100 per week for the duration of their residency. Artists are chosen through an annual call-for-application followed by a competitive jury process. Following their residencies, artists have the option to participate in in the Artist-in-Residence Alumni Program which is managed by the WFAA.
Residency Experience Summary
Artist Expectations and Requirements:
- Age 25+ at submission of application
- Graduate student, Emerging Artist, Professional Artist
- Artists may only apply as individuals, as only one person can be in residency at a time. Couples, collectives, etc. will not be considered.
- Ability to speak and read English at a conversational level
- Willingness to engage with the park and art community while in residence:
o Saturday Open Studios – AIR Studio will be accessible to the public for 1 hour in the afternoon each Saturday of the residency. Artist presence is not required during Saturday Open Studios. Open Studios will be staffed by a park volunteer or partner if artist chooses not to be present. No photography will be allowed unless permission is given by artist.
o Open Studio: Meet The Artist event – Artists are required to provide one public program during their residency – a Presentation and Public Open Studio. This program will be scheduled with Park staff and will take place towards the end of your residency. This is your opportunity to share your work and a bit about your experience with the public in the studio space.
o Welcome Event – Artists are also required to attend Welcome event - a small meet and greet event with park staff, partners, volunteers held at the start of each residency which is organized by the Friends of Weir Farm.
- Artists are required to sign up with the NPS VIP Program as volunteers and track/submit their hours worked.
- Artists are required to sign a Volunteer Service Agreement Form and adhere to all Park Polices during their residency.
- While not required, it is encouraged that artists arrive with their own mode of transportation. Due to the location, a vehicle is recommended. Biking in the area is not encouraged.
- Artists will send 3-5 images of their work to WFAA each week of the residency to be shared on social media.
- Artists will send digital representation of their work done in residence no later than 6 months from the last date in residency.
- Artists will participate in a post-residency video interview speaking on their experience and sharing images of their work/work-in-progress.
Artists are granted $100 per week stipend, up to $400.