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Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Residency Grant

lizzie ridout working on her artists' book

Artists’ book AIR Lizzie Ridout consulting with WSW creative director Tatana Kellner in the etching studio.

Each year WSW awards two grants for emerging artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people through our studio-based Art-in-Education (AIE) program, Hands-On Art. Generally AIE/Book Arts residents teach 1-2 days per week for 3-4 weeks in the studios, and also visit the students in their home school in shorter sessions before and after the series held at WSW.

For these residencies, WSW is especially interested in artists who come from different regions of the country and/or diverse cultural backgrounds. Each award includes a $400 per week stipend for up to ten weeks, and a $750 materials budget, housing, travel costs up to $250 within the Continental US, and unlimited studio access.

Generally, the first month of the residency is devoted to the production of a limited edition artist’s book. WSW staff will provide training when necessary, technical advice, and assistance with editioning. During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in the WSW studios. Studio space and equipment is reserved for AIE students during program hours. Artists may continue to work on their residency projects after students’ studio hours.

The residencies take place in October-December, and January-April. This grant is a two-step juried process. Artists interested in this opportunity submit materials to WSW, then WSW applies to other funders.

Notification Date: Applicants will be notified via email by March 1

Residency Length: 8-10 weeks
Residency Occurs: The school year following application


  • The application form
  • A one-page project description, not to exceed 100 words. Description should include the media or studio needed to produce the edition.
  • A one page description of your relevant experience working with young people
  • A structural dummy to demonstrate how the book will be bound or function when handled. It does not have to be a complete representation of the finished piece. However, please include 1-2 spreads which are fully sketched out. Your dummy should be actual size. We anticipate that, if funded, you will refine your ideas before your residency.
  • A materials budget
  • Resume
  • A CD with ten clearly marked images of recent work. An image script with descriptive text, which should include title, media, dimension, and date. Check our FAQ sheet for digital specifications. WSW reserves the right not to review applications that are not properly formatted.
  • Applicants who do not want to receive decision information by EMAIL can include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE). APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL NOT BE RETURNED UNLESS REQUESTED and adequate postage and packaging material is included with the application.

WSW, P.O. Box 489, Rosendale, NY 12472


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