Do You Know about the Light Work Residency?

Do You Know about the Light Work Residency?


photo by Lucas Foglia, a 2007 artist-in-residence

You should. Since 1976 over 300 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence
. Be the next, yo.

“Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $4,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility. Our newly renovated lab facility can accommodate just about any black and white process from alternative processes to mural printing. Our color facility includes a Hope 32″ color processor. Our color managed digital imaging lab features Macintosh workstations equipped with flatbed & film scanners. Output includes three 44″ Epson seven-color printers (9600 and 9800) that can render continuous gray-scale and color prints onto a broad variety of materials. Artists use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Macromedia Director Studio, Flash, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro software packages, iLife, and more.”


“While there is no formal deadline, we complete reviews of portfolios
every two or three months. The next review process will consider all
portfolios we have received by the end of April. We are currently scheduling residencies for 2009, although one or two spots remain for 2008.”

Here are some of the people who have taken advantage of this amazing opportunity:

James Casebere
Renee Cox
Carrie Mae Weems
James Welling
Cindy Sherman
Joel Sternfeld
Dawoud Bey
David Graham
Andrea Modica
Lisa M. Robinson

Not too shabby. And there are tons more.

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  1. Nacho at 3:27 pm

    I didn’t know about this program. Looks excellent. Thanks a lot for the heads up. I wonder if they accept non-US nationals. Will check with them. Cheers, Nacho

  2. Jane Tam at 11:44 pm

    I work at there now and it’s one of the best residencies. The managers working there are really knowledgeable and all around, great people. They consider international artists, for sure. Kanako Sasaki was a Japanese-born artist that came through a couple years ago. She made a bunch of photographs in the surrounding Central NY area while her stay. Great work.

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