The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides artists at all levels of their profession, including master’s students, with an opportunity to explore and create pieces in a relaxed, supportive and educational setting in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.
Throughout the residency the AIR interacts on a daily basis with the general public at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC), speaking informally with visitors while working along the trails or in the studio, and more formally through designing and leading art-based workshops at the AIC.
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (SUNY-ESF) Northern Forest Institute (NFI) is responsible for creating, delivering, and managing education and outreach at ESF’s Newcomb Campus, a 15,000 acre field station in the central Adirondacks. NFI is committed to creating programs bridging science and the humanities, and to creating interdisciplinary connections reinforcing the diverse ways in which humans connect to the natural world. The goal of the AIR program is to highlight the profoundly inspirational role of nature in art, to encourage AIC users to see both art and nature in new ways, and to honor Huntington’s legacy, original owners and donors of the field station in Newcomb to ESF. Anna Hyatt Huntington was a world-renowned sculptress and often used her art studio on their Newcomb property.
The AIC is located at ESF’s Newcomb Campus in the heart of the Adirondack Park. It includes an interpretive building, classroom, 260 acres on Rich Lake, and 3.5 miles of trails. Newcomb, a popular recreation and summer vacation area, is located approximately 3 hours northeast of Syracuse and 2 hours north of Albany.
The AIR will be in residence for approximately 8 weeks, with start and end dates depending on the artist’s schedule and availability. The residency will take place roughly between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The daily schedule for the AIR can also be flexible, but would preferably include some weekends. Housing will be at an efficiency cabin at the campus’s Arbutus Area with meals provided at the Rich Lake Dining Center. The classroom, an 864 square foot building on AIC grounds, will be available to the artist to use as their private studio throughout their residency. The classroom has an open floor plan, and offers a small kitchen with refrigerator, stove and microwave, bathroom, and plenty of work and storage space.
Not only is this an opportunity for the AIR to further explore their passion for art, but to share it as well. We ask the artist to be accessible to the public while working along the trails and in the studio. This informal interaction with visitors will help promote the artist’s work while also potentially sparking an art interest in the visitor. Responsibilities will also include leading monthly public art workshops and/or demonstrations, depending on the artist’s expertise, experience, and comfort level. The artist is also welcome to contribute written pieces to the AIC blog, and display and sell their work at the AIC.
The AIR program covers 8 weeks of room and board at the Newcomb Campus and provides a weekly stipend of $100.00. The AIR program is made possible through funding from the Adirondack Park Institute, a not-for-profit organization supporting programming at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.
Thank You to the Adirondack Park Institute!
The Artist in Residence Program is made possible through the generous support of the Adirondack Park Institute. For more information and to become a member of API please visit their website adkinstitute.org.