The Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art is is pleased to offer a RESIDENCY at Fieldstones to one Academy alum artist.
The AANYAA Fieldstones RESIDENCY is a 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. The artist will be in solo residence the first week, the second week will overlap the 2022 AANYAA Fieldstones Retreat.
The juror for 2022 is Elena Rodz, an artist and curator from Dallas, Texas. She studied painting and film at Washington University in St Louis, Texas, and went on to receive an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2011. In 2013, she became Curator at the Rockport Center for the Arts where she has hosted artist residencies, curated shows, and invited many graduates of the Academy to teach lectures and workshops. In addition to her nonprofit work, Elena has kept a regular studio practice working in oil, creating small scale landscapes of her hometown Corpus Christi, Texas. Some of the landscapes purely represent nature while others show where the natural world and manmade structures collide. Her scenes are often captured at twilight or evening. The loss of light and visibility lend a haunting quality that creates a tension within the pictured space, as if capturing a moment of stillness just before an action. Elena's artwork has been shown in many galleries throughout the United States and has been featured in Glasstire Magazine.
$10 application fee through Venmo; there is NO participation fee for this residency. Applications are due by June 30, 2022; notification July 15. The AANYAA Fieldstones Residency runs from August 2 -16, 2022, with arrival check-in after 5pm August 2.
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 2021
2022 RESIDENCY lodging will be in the Glamping Grey Lily Barn (see photos, below).
This delightful barn is situated less than 100 ft. from a creek which you will hear all night long. It also comes with access to 100 acres and walking trails. As a "glamping" barn, it is very rustic: there is a solar shower and an outside privy near the barn privately nestled in a patch of tall bamboo... it's much like camping but with a few more comfortable amenities like a bed with sheets, a little refrigerator, fan, and heater, a camp cooking stove, dishes, a firepit and wood.
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 in or around barns, house, or tents; no pets allowed; and the resident artist must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.