The Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art is is pleased to offer a RESIDENCY to one NYAA alum artist at Fieldstones.
The AANYAA Fieldstones RESIDENCY is a late summer escape in the northern Hudson Valley exclusively for one graduate of the New York Academy of Art. Spend two weeks focusing on their artwork in the peace of a 100-acre rural property complete with mountain views and a creek with a swimming hole. Bring hiking boots, marshmallows for the fire, and art supplies as you double down on your studio practice in a pastoral environment.
An independent, non-AANYAA-affiliated juror will select the alum for the Residency. The Juror for 2021 is Daniel Maidman.
Maidman is best known for his vivid depiction of the figure, with drawings and paintings included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. He is a widely-published art critic, an educator, and an author. Find more at DanielMaidman.com.
$10 application fee; there is NO participation fee for this residency.
Applications are due by August 23, 2021; notification August 31.
The AANYAA Fieldstones Residency runs from September 16 - 30, 2021, with arrival check-in after 5pm September 16.
The residency at Fieldstones offered many things I, and most artists, sorely need: a shift in context, a solitary commune, earth, air, flora, and fauna. The chance to walk the fields and forest and to wade the stream are recuperative. Painting en plein air offers a peaceful solemnity; but the nights in the studio barn offered me even more. The solitary light on the canvas giving focus while the sounds of the natural world engulf your periphery - the wind through the trees, the deer rustling in the high grass, the rain on leaves, and a coyote’s howl. My memory of Fieldstones is enchanted and I am very thankful for the experience. - Zane York, MFA 2003; Fieldstones AIR 2018
Fieldstones is a unique and special residency. The acres of farmland, woods, and creek allowed for a streamlined existence of reveling in nature with pure art making. There was no shortage of time, beauty, inspiration, and solitude. The setting provided not just physical space, but mental space. This afforded artistic and personal growth through freedom of experimentation, no pressures from day-to-day needs or deadlines, and the pared-down enjoyment of the invigoration nature offers.
- Lisa Lebofsky, MFA 2006; Fieldstones AIR 2017
In my time spent at Fieldstones I saw summer turn into autumn. My easel set up near an old stone wall, I tried to befriend scolding chipmunks as they gathered nuts before winter, their life depending on it. I was painting like my life depended on it. After a year of unchosen solitude and just getting through the day. Getting through the day at Fieldstones meant meditating on dappled sunlight, listening to the wind sing in tall pines, looking for a woodpecker hunting bugs, laughing at the surprise thud of a treefrog falling on my paint box, running my hand through tall grasses, dipping in the icy creek waters, watching treetops fade in the purple dusk into stars, startling deer in the mist over my morning coffee. And discovering a potential painting around every bend and having to choose where to focus for a few hours because everything is so unbelievably alive and changing, humming, breathing. Unplugged, no news from the outside, just thinking in shape, color, and composition. After more than a year of waiting for the world to be alive again, there were so many trees to paint, and I felt cathartic joy. - Ivy Hickam, MFA 2013; Fieldstones AIR 2018
Residency lodging will be in a room in the Green Farmhouse (see photos, below), with shared bath and shared kitchen. The selected alum will have access to Fieldstones’ artist studios in a large barn onsite. Please bear in mind that, despite Fieldstones’ many amenities (which include WIFI and hot water bathroom access), the location and lodgings are rustic. Upon acceptance, the selected alum will receive more information regarding what to pack for Fieldstones, as well as travel directions and info on local grocery stores.
The resident artist is responsible for their own transportation. Fieldstones is 2.5 hours north of New York City in the Hudson Valley, 40 minutes southwest of Albany. Directions will be provided to the resident artist upon acceptance.
The resident artist is responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals at Fieldstones' kitchen.
There are no refunds/rescheduling; applicants will assume this when applying. Fieldstones prohibits smoking smoking in or around barns, house, or tents; no pets allowed; and the resident artist must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.