The Opportunity

Vassar alumni with an MFA, or equivalent level of professional experience, will be granted residencies to pursue art making, collaborative projects and scholarly pursuits focusing on art including (but not limited to) sculpture, installation, video, poetry, performance, film, opera, drawing and painting.  Ideally, residents’ projects should be ones that expand and enrich their current artistic perspectives and endeavors.  Residencies will be granted for a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of four weeks  depending on the time required for the project being explored, and the availability of space.  Residencies will take place between Tuesday, April 6 – Sunday, November 1, 2015; residencies begin on Tuesday and end on Sunday.  Residents will live in private residences attached to the main house on the CATWALK property with separate studio spaces. There will be opportunities to interact and collaborate with the other artists who are also in residence at the same time.

While in residence, the Catwalk Fellows will be encouraged to take advantage of the rich resources of the Hudson Valley.  Residents will receive accommodations but must provide their own food, transportation and supplies during the residency.

Please note project stipends are not available. Full use of the grounds is encouraged along with exploration of the Catskill and Hudson area, which is not served by public transportation. Residents are encouraged to bring/rent a car during their stay. Projects that connect to this region specifically are especially appropriate for selection.

Campus Deadline is February 23, this includes letters of recommendation.

  1. Use the Recommendation Registration Form to register two people to serve as your referees. You must register your writers before you submit your application and inform them that the letters are due by the campus deadline. 
  2. Complete the Catwalk Artist Residency Application and submit it by the campus deadline.

For Applicants: You must submit your application through the online system as indicated above. Please note that you cannot save information in the application and return to it at a later date. You should save your work in a separate document and enter it all at once when you are ready to submit.

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the online application. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this form Letter of Recommendation Submission Form. If you haven’t received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.

Catwalk Adds Catslair:

Catwalk Institute welcomes proposals from artists and collaborative teams for 2-8 week residencies April- October, 2015 at Catslair. This newly acquired 1980 residential complex is situated on a magnificent historic site of 70 acres on the Hudson River across from Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, America’s first environmentalist and just north of Thomas Cole’s home, Cedar Grove. Catslair residencies are available to artists, writers and scholars in all media exploring subjects related to place, landscape and environment investigating universal aspects of nature imbedded in the Hudson Valley landscape and ecology. Residencies are space/time grants including a fully outfitted kitchen, individual and group studio spaces, three bedrooms with the potential for a fourth bedroom (non-private sleeping porch).  Please note project stipends are not available and residents must have access to a car during their stay. Please send a cover letter with date preferences (Tuesday-Sunday), two letters of reference, resume and a one page description of the work you are proposing while in residence.  Collaborative teams, send resumes for all members.  Deadline February 23