Artists Residencies
Request for Proposals
April – October, 2018


Marion Spencer, Disappearbox, Performance,
Catwalk, September 2015

Catwalk Institute welcomes proposals from artists and collaborative teams for 2-4 week residencies April- October, 2018. Participation is exclusively for faculty and alumni from Columbia University, New York University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Vassar College. Applications are by recommendation through each institution.

Situated on a magnificent historic site of 70 acres on the Hudson River, Catwalk sits across from Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, America’s first environmentalist and just north of Thomas Cole’s home, Cedar Grove. Residencies are space/time grants designed to reflection and personal artistic growth.  Spaces include a fully outfitted kitchen and individual studio spaces. The quiet solitude and surrounding nature create an idyllic atmosphere for visual artists, performance artists, writers and scholars to rejuvenate and recreate their own personal vision.

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.

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.  2-3 person collaborative teams are welcome, requiring resumes for all members.  Deadline February 24, 2018.


Submit applications to:

  • Columbia University faculty, alumni and matriculating MFA candidates submit applications to Dara Malina, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, 212-854-7717,
  • NYU Steinhardt faculty and alumni submit applications Jamie Sterns, Administrator for Grants, Resources and Community/Development Projects, Department of Art and Art Professions (212) 998-5700,
  • NYU Tisch faculty and alumni submit applications to the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research (TCR) (212) 998-1559,
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty submit applications to Assistant Director of Faculty Services, Molly Scranton, 312-899-7472,
  • Vassar College alumni submit applications to Lisa Kooperman, Assistant Dean of Studies, Director, Office for Fellowships and Prehealth Advising, 845-437-5263,
  • Vassar College faculty submit applications to Gary Hohenberger, Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations, 845-437-7092,