two contemporary brown shingled buildings with a large front lawn at sunset in summer

two contemporary brown shingled buildings with a large front lawn at sunset in summer

a black wire chair and small table on a stone patio overlooking a large green yard

a black wire chair and small table on a stone patio overlooking a large green yard

a carpeted room with vaulted ceiling, large writing desk, and chair positioned in front of two large windows

a carpeted room with vaulted ceiling, large writing desk, and chair positioned in front of two large windows

an accessible space with cement floors and a pivoting wall leading into a large studio

an accessible space with cement floors and a pivoting wall leading into a large studio

Saltonstall Residency for New York State Artists and Writers (Accessible and Parent-Friendly)

Ithaca, NY, United States

A quiet studio. A beautiful setting. Time for inspiration.

Saltonstall offers free residencies to artists and writers who are current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. Our residencies are designed for those looking for a quiet, supportive environment in which to focus on their craft.

We offer 4-week sessions between mid-June and late-September and two-week sessions in October.

In 2019, we piloted a new program: a free six-night residency in early June specifically for artist/writer parents with at least one dependent child under the age of 18 at home. This residency is designed for the artist/writer parent alone. We are not able to accommodate children, spouses, partners, or collaborators.

Our categories include:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
  • Photography (film or digital) & Filmmaking
  • Painting | Sculpture | Visual Arts

Each residency session includes the same combination of five artists and writers: one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, one photographer or filmmaker, and two visual artists. These residencies are designed for individual artists and writers; we cannot accommodate collaborations or partners working together.

All residencies (incl. the six-night residency for artist/writer parents, the two-week, and four-week) function exactly the same way. Each group of five arrives and leaves together, and the application process for all residencies is also exactly the same.


435 Ellis Hollow Creek Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
1 week - 4 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Literary Nonfiction
Moving Image
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Childcare stipend provided
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Access to studio space to create new work
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Additional Eligibility Information
  • Must be a year-round resident of New York State or Indian Nations therein
  • Must be 21 years-old or older
  • Must apply as an individual
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

The residency is free to attend.

Stipends vary based on the length of the residency. Currently (as of 2022), we offer a stipend of $750, $375, and $200 to each resident of the four-week, two-week, and one-week (family) residencies, respectively.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Full description of accessibility on campus
High contrast, clear way-finding and/or signage
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
ADA Compliant
Additional Accessibility Information

Our accessible spaces include:

  • an accessible bedroom with private bath and roll-in shower
  • a private studio
  • barrier-free access between the bedroom, studio, common area, kitchen, and laundry
  • a private one-bedroom suite for a caregiver
  • a universal design, accessible kitchen
  • a half-bath
  • accessible laundry facilities
  • a paved driveway
Housing available on campus
Accessibility Contact Name
Lesley Williamson
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

All of the residency experience is accessible to those with limited mobility.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

One building (our founder's house) is not accessible. While there are mowed paths through our fields, they might not be accessible to everyone.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Universally designed
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
Common/Communal Spaces Information

The main house includes a kitchen and dining/living room spaces that are shared by three people. The studio building and accessible addition include a kitchen and large dining/common area, also shared by two-three people.

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Snack and beverage provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

Visual artists are provided with a separate private studio. The writers' suites are large live/work spaces. A sizeable darkroom is built in to one of the suites in the main house. Our accessible spaces (including a studio) are available to artists or writers. 

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Darkroom (Black And White)
Large Sinks
Washer And Dryer
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Universally designed
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
No studio support provided
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access