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The Watermill Center is now accepting applicants for the 2017 International Summer Program

Each year, participants spend up to five weeks on Long Island refining their practice, expanding perspectives and forming lasting relationships with other artists from across the globe.

For more than two decades, The Watermill Center has hosted the International Summer Program led by Artistic Director Robert Wilson. With up to 100 artists from over 30 countries in attendance each year, The Watermill Center’s magnificent eight-and-a-half acre site provides an unparalleled platform for collaboration, innovation and creation.

Attendees are provided with the unique opportunity to intimately observe and participate in the artistic process and methods employed by Robert Wilson while also working closely with his esteemed staff of accomplished professionals across a variety of disciplines. Each year, participants spend up to five weeks on Long Island refining their practice, expanding perspectives and forming lasting relationships with other artists from across the globe.

International Summer Program participants receive access to extensive resources that are central to the Watermill experience: daily meetings with Robert Wilson; lectures on subjects including theater and opera innovation, installation, design, and science, led by scientists, cultural luminaries and established artists; opportunities to propose and develop new work for public presentation during the annual Watermill Summer Benefit and Discover Watermill Day; theater production archives; an extensive physical and digital library; and the highly personal and eclectic Watermill Collection of art objects and artifacts, which range widely across all continents, from the Stone Age to the present. Additionally, participants are encouraged to audition for Robert Wilson's summer staging rehearsals and participate in workshops with his collaborators, as well as network with the local arts-supporting community.

PROGRAM DATES: July 17 – August 19, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 20, 2017. 5pm EST

For details about the program and application guidelines visit:
Direct link to Summer 2017 application:

Individual artists, students, or artistic professionals from all disciplines, backgrounds and cultures who are interested in participating in a collaborative environment contributing to workshops of new international productions and exhibitions, creating and executing site-specific performances and installations, designing and executing landscaping projects, and attending lectures by scholars and established artists. Makeup artists, costume designers and fabricators, architects, electricians, carpenters, graphic artists, and videography and theater technicians are encouraged to apply.

Founded by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson in 1992, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts supporting young and emerging artists through its year- round Artist-in-Residence Program and International Summer Program, as well as Education Programs, exhibitions and events open to the public. The Watermill Center offers tours throughout the year of its 20,000+ square-foot building, which houses a library and a significant collection of global art and artifacts, both contemporary and ancient, and eight-and-a-half acres of grounds and sculpture gardens. For more information, please visit

The Watermill Center's Artist Residency and International Summer Programs are made possible through the support of the Asian Cultural Council, the Cowles Charitable Trust, Florence Gould Foundation, Israel's Office of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, mediaThe foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.