WSW was founded in 1974 by four women artists who had the vision to create an artistic hub in rural Rosendale, New York. Over four decades, with the founders still actively involved, WSW has expanded its programs and received international acclaim for the outstanding quality of the artwork they have supported. Here are a few things you may not know about us:

Artist in Residence Elizabeth Bellivue

WSW is the largest publisher of hand-printed Artists’ Books in the country.

Collections of all 200+ books are held at the Library of Congress, Yale, Vassar College, University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Indiana University Bloomington, and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.


WSW is the only and longest operating visual arts residency dedicated to women artists.

WSW has substantially supported the careers of more than 600 artists from 45 states and 23 countries who have been selected to work in WSW’s printmaking, papermaking, book arts, photography and ceramics studios.

WSW generates $2.5 million annual for our local economy.

Since 1974, through summer workshops, residencies and internships, more than 5,000 artists have come to live and work in our community for extended stays of one week to six months.


WSW paid internship programs are more competitive than most graduate schools.

More than 150 recent art school graduates have received housing and a stipend for periods of six months and longer, working alongside staff and visiting artists while maintaining a studio practice of their own.

WSW’s ArtFarm produces non-traditional fiber crops for use in hand papermaking.

Over 100 different plant fibers have been grown, gleaned and tested for their use in creative papermaking.  The ArtFarm program is central to all of WSW’s arts education programs.


WSW’s Summer Art Institute is a co-ed summer workshop series.

Each summer up to 200 artists come for intensive weeklong workshops led by nationally recognized artists with expertise in printmaking, hand papermaking, and book arts.

WSW’s art education program is a model of studio based learning for young artists.

Through Hands-On Art, over 6,000 fifth grade through high school age students have come to work in the studios as artists through intensive print and papermaking classes.  The New York State Council on the Arts has given WSW’s art in education program its highest rating.

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