Haystack’s two-week Open Studio Residency kicks off our summer season of programs in June. The residency is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected attend for free.

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers and provides two weeks of studio time and an opportunity to work in a supportive community of makers. The program accommodates approximately 50 participants—from the craft field and other creative disciplines—who have uninterrupted time to work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, jewelry, and wood) to develop ideas and experiment in various media. Participants can choose to work in one particular studio or move among them depending on the nature of their work. All of the studios are staffed by technicians who can assist with projects. Please note that technicians will not be leading workshops. If you are interested in learning specific skills, you may want to apply to one of our sessions

The school’s fab lab will also be open, providing an opportunity for experimentation with digital fabrication as a way for residents to augment and complement their creative practices. In addition to open studios, there will be time for participants to share work and discuss ideas across disciplines. Residents include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media.


Housing will be assigned at random from among the various accommodation options available at the school. If you have particular physical needs, please note these on your application so that we can best accommodate you.

Residency Selection Criteria An independent committee reviews applications to the Open Studio Residency and both national and international artists working in a variety of disciplines are eligible for consideration. Past participants may reapply to the residency but preference may be given to first time applicants. Selection is based on work samples, the nature and scope of the project that will be done during the residency (if applicable), and the ability to work in a creative community. All applications are for the entire two-week session. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and students enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency are eligible to apply.

Haystack does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or veteran status. All are welcome. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact our office.

The Open Studio Residency program is supported by Haystack’s Windgate Foundation Endowment for Programs.

The 2018 March 1 deadline has passed. The 2019 Open Studio Residency application process will open January 1, 2019.

Final notifications to all 2018 applicants will be made via email by April 1, 2018.


“This was an extraordinary gift. A time to experiment and focus on my work in a supportive, energized, and absolutely beautiful place.” “Having the opportunity to exist and create work in this environment, where everything is set up to allow exploration and growth, is something I have never experienced before. I was able to gain clarity for my work and accomplish more, than I would have in six months outside of this amazing place.”


Haystack is proud to be a member of Res Artis Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies.

Haystack is proud to be a member of Res Artis Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies.

Contact Haystack with any questions.