This spring WSW Chili Bowl Intern alumnae Megan Sauve made a call out to the WSW community asking for volunteers to nominate WSW for the First Annual Ulster County Executive Arts Awards. In her recommendation studio intern alumnae Teréz Iacovino succinctly sums up what makes WSW stand out in the crowd . Thanks Teréz!
April 29, 2013
To Whom It May Concern:
Women’s Studio Workshop has had a long history in Ulster County, having been founded by four female artists back in 1974, a time when opportunities for women in the arts were very few and far between. Housed in what use to be the Binnewater Post Office in Rosendale, NY, WSW has grown into an internationally recognized artist residency space and internship program, providing opportunities for female artists from all walks of life. Residencies and fellowships are offered in book arts, ceramics, papermaking, photography and printmaking, while summer classes are offered for both men and women. Yet, WSW doesn’t just cater to adults; it also provides Kingston public school students with arts workshops through its Art-in-Education program. For me, WSW provided a post-undergraduate year-long internship that led to a year of employment, which truly prepared and propelled me to apply to graduate school for Studio Art.
During the two years I spent at WSW, I became part of a close-knit network of artists, professionals, patrons, and—most importantly—friends. What initially struck me about the organization was that it’s currently one of the only internship programs out there for young female artists to provide housing, a stipend and 24-hour access to a studio. I was so fortunate to find them, especially being a native to the Hudson Valley—here they were right in my own backyard! While at WSW, I also worked alongside many female artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, both emerging and well established, on a variety of projects ranging from printed editions, artist books and production papermaking. WSW also allowed me to gain teaching experience with both adults and youth, which I feel is often hard to find as a young, emerging artist just out of college.
Most importantly, WSW taught me a great deal about how much thought and teamwork goes into keeping such a vibrant organization alive. The studio really showed me what it means to be truly invested in something—what it means to merge art and life.
I strongly urge you to consider Women’s Studio Workshop for the First Annual Ulster County Executive Arts Awards. They are certainly a gem of Ulster County and have continued to shine for almost 40 years. Please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss Women’s Studio Workshop further.