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Artists’ Book Residency Grant

AIR Keg de Souza printing her artist’s book “When you hear this Sound.”

AIR Keg de Souza printing her artist’s book “When you hear this Sound.”

The artists’ book residency grant is designed to enable artists to produce a limited edition book work at WSW. Working intensively in our studios for six to eight weeks, artists print and bind their own books. WSW technical assistance includes training on new equipment, techniques and materials, and assistance with production.

The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, materials up to $750, access to all studios, travel costs up to $250 within the Continental US, and housing.

Projects are chosen by a jury of outside artists and curators. We encourage an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. WSW has developed a series of archive and exhibition opportunities for the books. The contract stipulates 10% of the edition (or ten books) for WSW archives, exhibition, and display copies; 10% of the edition for the artist; and 80% of the edition for general marketing.

The artist has the option of collaborating with WSW on the marketing of the books for a 50% commission fee. WSW artists’ books are held in over 300 collections world-wide, with repositories of all the artists’ books published by WSW held at: Indiana University (Bloomington), The Library of Congress,  Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Delaware, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Yale University.

Postmark Deadline: November 15
Notification Date: Applicants will be notified via email by March 1

Residency Length: 6-8 weeks
Residency Occurs:  6-18 months after application, September through June



  • The application form
  • A one-page description of the project, not to exceed 100 words. Description should include the media or studio needed to produce the edition.
  • 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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