The application deadline for our 2016 residencies has now passed (it is generally on or near January 2 each year.) But please read on to learn more about our signature program. We hope you’ll consider applying next year!

Discover the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, NY


Time for inspiration, a quiet studio, a beautiful setting, and a stimulating community of artists working in diverse disciplines. Two-week and four-week residencies are offered between May and September for New York State artists and writers looking for a quiet, supportive environment in which to focus on their craft.


The categories for 2016 include:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
  • Photography (film or digital) & Filmmaking
  • PSVA: Painting | Sculpture | Visual Arts


Each residency session includes the same combination of five artists and writers: 1 poet, 1 fiction or creative nonfiction writer, 1 photographer or filmmaker, and 2 visual artists. Each group of five arrives and leaves together. These residencies are designed for individual artists and writers; we cannot accommodate collaborations or partners working together.


In an effort to include and serve artists and writers who cannot participate in a month-long residency, we will continue to offer two-week sessions in addition to three (3) month-long sessions, as we did in 2014 and 2015.


The two-week residencies function exactly as our popular longer sessions do, with each group of five arriving and departing together at the same time. The application process for the two-week residencies is the same as the process for the month-long residencies.


Dates for 4-week residencies in 2016:

  • Monday, May 16 – Thursday, June 16
  • Monday, June 20 – Thursday, July 21
  • Monday, July 25 – Thursday, August 25


Dates for 2-week residencies in 2016:

  • Monday, August 29 – Monday, September 12
  • Wednesday, September 14 – Wednesday, September 28


There is no cost associated with the residency aside from the $25 application fee. Artists and writers who are awarded a residency are provided the following:


  • a $250 or $500 stipend to help off-set expenses (based on a 2- or 4-week session)
  • writers: a spacious private apartment with ample desk space
  • visual artists: a private apartment with adjoining studio space on the same level
  • photographers or filmmakers: a private apartment with ample desk space and a fully functional wet darkroom
  • all apartments have private baths and a patio or balcony
  • five hearty vegetarian dinners cooked Monday – Friday by the colony chef
  • all groceries and a 24-hour accessible kitchen
  • washer and dryer
  • weekly cleaning service


The 200-acre Saltonstall Arts Colony is located 7 miles outside Ithaca, NY in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region. The residency competition is statewide and is open to all New York State residents (including New York City.) Residency alumni are now eligible to re-apply every other year! (If you were a resident here in 2014 or earlier, you are eligible to re-apply.)


Please be sure to read the application instructions.


You can move directly to our Submittable application page here.

“For me, the time (here) is so precious. I haven’t had a chance to make work without the pressure of a deadline.” – Deborah Zlotsky, painter, Delmar (2015)


“The small group of artists … made for an intimate and very relaxing experience which was remarkably productive for me. Saltonstall is the perfect residency for reconnecting with nature, untangling one’s thoughts and getting a lot of work done in a short period of time.” – Rob Carter, photographer, Brooklyn (2014)


“I feel like this changed the way my brain works, because I can sit for 6 or 7 hours and I can just think about the work… I’ve never been so married, so close to my work before.” – Jessica Cuello, poet, Syracuse (2015)

Daily Life

A Saltonstall residency is a small community of diverse individuals. There are five residents in each session: one photographer or filmmaker, one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, and two visual artists. Each group of five begins and ends their residency together.


Food quickly becomes a central aspect of life at Saltonstall. A delicious communal vegetarian supper is served Monday – Friday, and the kitchen is kept stocked with groceries so that residents may make other meals for themselves. Because of our small size, our chef can accommodate most dietary sensitivities with each dinner she cooks.


Daily life at Saltonstall is defined by uninterrupted time during which residents focus on their work. Our colony chef spends a few hours in the kitchen each week day to prepare dinner. Any necessary maintenance, plus a colony-wide cleaning occurs most Monday mornings. An open house for the community occurs at the end of each residency session. Otherwise, the colony is quiet and free from distractions.


The colony is situated above a valley providing a wide vista of meadows, cultivated fields, and forested hills. Three miles of hiking trails traverse a number of different habitats: fields, old growth forests, streams, and wetlands.

The Colony


The arts colony is comprised of two buildings: the studio building (l) and the main house (r). The Saltonstall Foundation office is also located on the property, just a short walk from the two colony buildings.


The two visual artists stay in the studio building, which is comprised of two private apartments and separate, adjoining studios. (The downstairs studio is seen in the image here.) The two studios are approximately 25 x 12 ft. with excellent light and ventilation. There are utility sinks, easels, and work tables. The living quarters include a sitting room, bedroom, and private bath.


The two writers and photographer or filmmaker stay in the main house, which is comprised of three separate, individual units. Each writer is provided with a large live-work space that includes a writing desk, extra tables, and a sitting area with comfortable couch and chair, and a private bath.


The photographer or filmmaker’s studio/bedroom includes ample desk space, a 21-in. flat-panel monitor, and a black-and-white darkroom equipped with two enlargers (a Beseler 45MXT and an Omega D-2), a 10 ft. utility sink, and other equipment.


The main house also features a full kitchen and the comfortable dining and living rooms. Both buildings are contemporary style architecture and feature stunning panoramic views of the property. Each of the five apartments includes a balcony or a patio.