In 2006, The Watermill Center began its Residency Program — and, since then, more than 640 participants have walked through the laboratory doors, taking up residence to create new works.
On March 12, the 2019 Artist Residency Program begins with Mallory Catlett of Restless NYC, who will work on “Nova Express,” the final concert of a trilogy based of the works of William Burroughs. Simultaneously, Mountain Time Arts will develop the libretto and set design for their site-specific opera, “STANDBY SNOW: CHRONICLES OF A HEATWAVE” — which addresses historic and contemporary tensions generated by drought and fire in southwestern Montana — while Dutch writer Judith Hertog plans on developing several chapters of “Circling Lhasa,” a nonfiction account of her journey investigating the politics of Tibetan Buddhism and life in Tibet under Chinese communist regime.
“When I first came to Watermill, I was delighted and surprised to find that it was a creative environment that encouraged artists to engage with a range of artistic mediums and projects,” returning American artist Lynsey Peisinger said in a press release. “Many institutions, including schools, residencies and arts organizations, strive to make artists self-define and self-describe in a very linear and compartmentalized way. At Watermill, I have never had the impression that I had to have a strict answer to the question, ‘What kind of artist are you?’”
This year’s remaining roster includes Afua Ansong from Ghana, Andrina Smith from the Shinnecock Nation, Chilean and French artist Colectivo Zoológico, Maya Watanabe and Agustina Munoz from Argentina and Peru, and United States-based Cleek Schrey, Emily Furr, Jeffrey Perkins, Laurie Lambrecht and Toni Ross, Matthew Craven, Ni’Ja Whitson, Raja Feather Kelly and Sasha Wortzel.
“The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program provides artists with the opportunity to utilize the Center’s art collection, library, archives and grounds as a home and workshop to develop their work,” the release said. “Artists in Residence are chosen by a distinguished, international selection committee composed of artists, journalists, academics and other cultural leaders from across disciplines.”
For more information, call (631) 726-4628 or visit watermillcenter.org.