International Summer Program
A complete immersion into the core philosophy of Watermill, where nature and art blend, artist and practitioners of architecture, dance, and production to theater direction come together from all over the world for 5 weeks of intense creative exploration and artistic development interwoven with the art of a practical life - an extraordinary international experience unique to Watermill. Read more about the program and learn about the application process. Each summer approximately 60 - 100 artists from over 30 nations gather to build, to create, to challenge physical and mental limits with a distinct methodology amidst our lustrous 8.5-acre campus.
Fall Spring | Residency Program
Watermill’s flagship Residency Program provides emerging and established artists, as well as artist collectives, the opportunity to explore and develop their ideas, while living and working at Watermill – a unique former laboratory that now combines studio, gallery, theater and study library. Each residency lasts from two to four weeks and culminates in a public works-in-progress presentation. Read more about the program and application guidelines. Watermill is dedicated to enriching the lives of its alumni and artists with its strong network, connecting them to like minded organizations in New York City and within the international arena.
Inga Maren Otto Fellowship
Created with a generous gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, the fellowship provides support for emerging and mid-career artists who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program represents the depth and breadth of Watermill’s commitment to supporting projects that integrate genres and art forms from diverse viewpoints and that break from traditional forms of representation. Through a four to six week residency which is entirely financially supported at The Watermill Center, each fellow is provided with blocks of time in which they can exercise as much creative freedom as possible to develop new works.
Viewpoints @ 29th Street
Housed in the 29th street New York City loft of Robert Wilson, Viewpoints @ 29th Street is a new conversation series aimed to create intimate opportunities for artists and art enthusiasts to gather and discuss creative themes vital to the historical record of the contemporary moment. The series aims to bring a more upbeat and casual approach to the realm of art history and criticism.
Scaler Lecture Series
In the spirit of The Watermill Center's mission to encourage creative experimentation and critical discourse on issues within the arts and sciences, distinguished scholars and thinkers are invited to present work to the public each summer. Past lecturers include Marina Abramovic, Daniel Libeskind, and Hilton Als. The 2015 Scaler Lecture Series included Pussy Riot, Fern Mallis, Audrey B. Gruss, Philip Glass, Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, and Tom Hennes. Our summer lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Scaler Foundation.
The Annual Art and Science Insights into Consciousness Workshop
The Annual Art and Science: Insights into Consciousness Workshop is a three-day retreat that is held each summer at The Watermill Center. During this unique retreat, exceptionally merited artists and scientists are brought together in an inspirational setting to foster an interdisciplinary discussion about consciousness. Our goal is to enable a reciprocal creative process that will advance both the arts and the sciences, as well as their intersection. The workshops are made possible through the generous support of the Mortimer D. Sackler, MD Family F