This site currently reflects the five most recent years of the Workspace Program, however artist pages will continue to be updated to eventually include the more than 80 artists who have participated in the program during its 23 year history. Click here for a complete list of Workspace Program artists-in-residence.
Applying for the Workspace Program residency
About the Workspace Program residency
With a focus on experimentation and collaboration, Dieu Donné founded the Workspace Program in 1990 to provide emerging New York State based artists with the opportunity to explore hand papermaking and to utilize its processes to produce a body of work. In this unique program, artists work collaboratively with master papermakers, which is essential to providing artists an opportunity to create work in a medium that is outside of their traditional practice.
Artists work side-by-side with a dedicated collaborator who provides intensive and complete guidance in strategizing and executing the work. This affords depth of collaboration that is not possible in a self-guided residency. Collaborators are uniquely trained to share their expertise while also matching each artist’s own working strategies into this new medium. The collaborators lend expertise throughout the residency, as artists and technicians, while matching each artist’s sensibilities and concepts with the appropriate tools and techniques to create outstanding, innovative and artist-specific work. To bring the project into the public domain, Workspace artists are given a group exhibition in the Dieu Donné gallery following the completion of their residency.
Artists apply for the Workspace Program residency through an online application form (available for one month each spring), a current resume, and up to 10 images of their work. A changing panel of curators, critics, and art professionals select finalists based on the quality of work samples. These individuals are then interviewed by the Dieu Donné artistic staff for selection of the final residency artists.