Artist Residency at Lightwork

Deadline: Ongoing

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $4,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

Our color-managed digital imaging lab features Macintosh workstations equipped with flatbed and film scanners. Output options include Epson 9900, 9800, and 4880 printers that can render continuous gray-scale and color prints onto a broad variety of materials. Artists use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Macromedia Director Studio, Flash, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere, DVD Studio Pro software packages, iLife, and more programs. In addition, our traditional lab facility can accommodate just about any black-and-white process from alternative processes to mural printing.

Light Work supports artists working in photography and related media. Through our partnership with the Urban Video Project, we can also provide some direct support to video artists.

All artists working in photography and related media are eligible to apply to the Light Work Artist-in-Residence program. There is no application form or deadline.

Artists should submit the following:

  • Letter of intent, describing plans for residency
  • Current resume, including exhibition record
  • Artist statement
  • Around twenty images (slides, proof prints, or disk) of your most recent work or current project, plus limited supporting material you feel would be appropriate in evaluating your application
  • Postage for the return of materials, or note to discard material after review process (international artists can include credit card information for return postage)

If you are submitting individual image files, please size the images at 2MB or less per image. Images can be sent as Tiff or JPEG files. PDF or Powerpoint presentations are equally acceptable and may exceed the 2MB file size. If possible please also send a printout of thumbnails or one or two proof prints. Please do not send books or brochures unless you are providing adequate return postage.

While we do not want to discourage anyone from applying, we are primarily interested in artists who are seriously involved with the medium of photography, and who clearly understand their intentions as an artist.

Send application materials to:
Light Work
Artist-in-Residence Program
316 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

The application process takes an average of four months. Applicants will receive a postcard or email confirming that we have received the application.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like an update on the status of your application, please contact Shane Lavalette or 315-443-1300.

Past A-I-R include: Cindy Sherman, Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, Deborah Willis, Hank Willis Thomas, Scott McCarney, Sylvia De Swaan, Zeke Berman, Chris Enos, Albert Chong, Renee Cox, Lori Nix, Dinh Q. Lê, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Judy Natal, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Myra Greene, Rik Pinkcombe, Kanako Sasaki, Angelika Rinnhofer, Deana Lawson, Kelli Connell, Zoe Strauss, and Heidi Kumao