Apply for Chashama North ( ChaNorth) 2020 Artist Residency Program, upstate New York

Opportunity Closing Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 23:45

Application is open for the 2020 Chashama North, ChaNorth Artist in Residence Program.

In 2006 Chashama opened the ChaNorth international artist residency in Pine Plains, New York.  The ChaNorth residency offers the opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to work and live in the Hudson Valley for four weeks. Annually the program hosts 49 artists during six 4-week sessions running from April through November. ChaNorth accepts applications in all creative fields, including but not limited to visual arts, choreography, writing, music composition, and performance. National and international artists are welcome to apply.

ChaNorth upholds the storied tradition of the Hudson Valley by providing local and international artists with a supportive and secluded environment in which to create new work. The artist residency is embedded in the rural communities of the surrounding towns, serving as a cultural resource for the Hudson Valley. The program offers networking, exhibition and teaching opportunities and promotes awareness and understanding of visual arts in a rural community through engagement with the artists. ChaNorth also sustains a successful partnership with McEnroe Organic Farm to supply healthy, fresh produce for the artist residency through a work exchange program. 

For more information and how to apply please read below. 

Application Deadline is January 15th, 2020


For international artists, we can provide letters of support, but each artist is responsible for arranging their own visa. Artists enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply to ChaNorth.

Fellowship and Exhibition Opportunities 

ChaNorth offers

  • one fellowship award, per season, for a young artist under 30;

  • two solo show awards

  • an annual curated alumni show.

Both solo shows and the group show are presented, the following year, at Chashama exhibition spaces in New York City.

ChaNorth fosters a strong alumni community, offering artists various exhibition opportunities including 2019 LIGHT YEAR, Manhattan Bridge Public Art, video exhibition.

Guest Visitors Program

During the ChaNorth residency, artists have multiple opportunities to share their work and network with others, including 2-3 studio visits per session from critics, curators, gallerists, and residency directors. Previous studio visitors have included:

  • Nora Khan, a writer focused on emerging issues within digital art and the philosophy of technology.

  • Will Hutnick, artist and curator residency director at the Wassaic Project, NY.

  • Junho Lee, Founding Director of NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

  • Olga Dekalo, Assistant Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester, New York

Community Engagement

Artists are invited to participate in an evening of artists' talks and presentations, at the Pine Plains Free Library and participate in the Open Studios Program. Both events are open to the public.

Pine Plains Free Library in Partnership with Chashama North, is offering artists to create and lead an hour community workshop. The library offers for each artist a $50 payment for teaching.

Resident Artists, can apply to exhibit their work at the Pine Plains Free Library.

McEnroe Organic Farm Work Exchange 

Fostering community engagement and strengthening and supporting our local community, ChaNorth collaborates with McEnroe Organic Farm’s Education Garden where resident artists are asked to participate in 3 hours of work exchange each week.In return, our shared kitchen is stocked with fresh produce and whole grains. Shared meals act as the anchor of the program, resident artists gather once or twice a week for a potluck dinner.

2020 Summer Residency Sessions

Session 1: Friday, April 3rd - Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Session 2: Monday, May 3rd - Sunday, May 31th, 2020
Session 3: Friday, June 5th - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Session 4: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
Session 5: Friday, August 7th - Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Session 6: Monday, September 7th - Sunday, October 4th, 2020
Session 7: Friday, October 9th - Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Jury Panel for 2020 Summer Residency Season

  • Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founder of Minerva Projects, is an independent curator, essayist and sometimes lecturer, committed to voicing marginal narratives. Her writing has appeared on Hyperallergic and in ART PAPERS, the Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail, and in books and exhibition catalogues.

  • Lauren Bierly is an installation artist and Manager of Special Exhibitions and Projects for The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bierly has been a guest critic for Trestle Art Space, chaNorth Residency, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and is a chaNorth 2018 Resident Artist Alumni.

  • Peter Gynd is a fifth generation artist, independent curator, and the director at Lesley Heller Gallery in New York City’s Lower East Side. Peter Gynd has been a guest critic/consultant/visitor at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Residencies Unlimited, Kunstraum, and ChaNorth Artist Residency, and a guest juror at 440 Gallery and Sweet Lorraine Gallery.

  • Mia S. Willis (they/them) is a Black performance poet whose work has been featured by or is forthcoming in Under the Belly of the Beast (Dissonance Press), FreezeRay, Curating Alexandria,  WORDPEACE, Peculiar, Foothill, Button Poetry, and Slamfind.

The application process is in two stages: The Jury Panel will shortlist artists, shortlisted artists will be asked for a 10 -15 minute Skype/phone interview to be scheduled from February 2020. Artists are selected based on quality and commitment to their work, their project description, and their ability to interact positively with the community. ChaNorth accepts at total of 49 artists for the 2020 summer season. 

Application Fee is $30 to cover administrative costs. 

This year we had to introduce the application fee due to high number of applications, the two stage selection process, involving a jury panel and conducting phone/skype interviews. Thank You for your understanding. 

Cost of Residency, four-week session: $950. The fee is highly subsidized, thanks to Chashama generous support of donors and grants.

Residency fee includes:

  • private room

  • private studio

  • fully stocked kitchen

The fee does not include:

  • transportation costs to and from chaNorth ( except one scheduled pick up on the day of arrival at 4:15 pm in Wassaic Train Station, if needed.)

  • artists' materials cost

What you will need for applying

  • Preferred session period
  • Artist statement and Statement of Interest in chaNorth Residency: (200 words or less)
  • Third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements (250 words or less)
  • CV
  • Work Samples, including a work in progress, studio image
  • 1 professional reference
  • workshop program, if you wish to apply to be considered to lead a workshop at the Pine Plains Free Library

For collaborative artists wishing to share studios/accommodations

and for all other questions should be directed to

PLEASE review the FAQ section of our website before emailing us!


Who we are


ChaNorth, Chashama's international upstate artist residency has been located in the Hudson Valley since 2006.

Chashama supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into space to create and present, and provides free art classes to under-resourced communities.  

The organization was founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Anita Durst to remedy what she observed to be the greatest threat New York City artists faced: the lack of space. Since then, Chashama has played a central role in sustaining New York’s artistic community by giving free exhibition space to over 20,000 artists, presenting 4,000 public art events, and providing 800 free art classes for under-resourced communities. 

Chashama supports artists through the following programs: Space to Create, Space to Present, Space to Connect, and the ChaNorth Artist Residency.

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