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 and those selected attend for free. The program supports 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 Haystack 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.

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 is committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do 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.

Haystack partners with SlideRoom to provide residency applicants with an online application process. Supporting materials must include a resumé and 5 images of recent work.
References are no longer required for application to the Open Studio Residency.

MARCH 1, 2019


APRIL 1, 2019

RESULTS of the juried process are sent to residency applicants via email.


Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50 through a secure site on the online application. Material costs and shop fees, payable at the conclusion of the program, are the responsibility of the residency participant.

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

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.

Formlabs is a partner for the 2019
Open Studio Residency, providing technical support, experimentation and innovation in our Fab Lab.


“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.”

“You have made my time here truly magical—from great people to great food. I could not have had a better experience. It has been a boost to be around such a driven and talented community of makers. Thank you to the people that make this experience possible.”


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.