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I-Park Announces its 2017 Residency Programs

I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), announces its 2017 General (multi-disciplinary) Residency Program. The program is open to those working in the following creative disciplines: visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, architecture, landscape/garden/ecological design and moving image. Self-directed residencies will be offered from June through November, 2017. Most residencies consist of 6-7 artists and are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome.

I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in a remodeled 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio space and a food/meals program. In addition to attentive staff support, shared workshop space and a stimulating natural environment - an array of tools, equipment and materials are available upon request. Two new, large visual arts studios are scheduled to come on line for the 2017 residency season.

Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panels. Accepted artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invited artists.

Program details from the 2016 program are available at The 2017 program will be very similar. The program brief and application materials for the 2017 General Residency Program will become available in late October, 2016. Application deadline: January 16, 2017.


There will also be a special Site-Responsive Art Program (residency and exhibition) in May of 2017 for which proposals are being solicited from artists working in all the creative disciplines supported by I-Park's General Residency Program (see above) - plus inter-disciplinary and performance art. The program entails a 3-week onsite residency that begins on May 15, 2017 and culminates in a public exhibition on June 4, 2017. The 10-12 invited artists will each receive a stipend of between $2,200 and $3,000, depending upon their geographic travel zone. Collaborating teams are welcome to apply. A $35 application fee helps to defray the cost of the independent selection panel as well as the Inter-disciplinary Curatorial Panel.

The program brief, application materials and a comprehensive FAQ are available at For more information, contact Joanne Paradis, Executive Director, at or 860-873-2468.


East Haddam, Connecticut: United States

Located approximately 2 hours from Boston and 2½ hours from New York City, I-Park is a 450-acre woodland retreat in rural East Haddam, Connecticut. The property consists of ponds, hills, streams, stone outcroppings and sheer cliffs. It has wild fields and new growth forest as well as miles of stone walls and walking trails. The property is bisected by the Eightmile River and adjoins the Devil's Hopyard State Park and other preserved tracts. The land has a wild, gnarly character that suits I-Park's role as a refuge from and recourse to the safe routines and subtle compromises of the workaday world.


  • Residency Length: 4-weeks standard, 2-weeks in certain circumstances
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 55
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 760 (2016)


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists must be over the age of 21.

    Collaborating teams can be accommodated for the 2017 Site-Responsive Art Residency.

  • Application deadline: November 01, January 16
  • Additional deadline info:
    The November 1, 2016 deadline is for the 2017 Site-Responsive Art Residency. The application deadline for the 2017 General Residency Program is January 16, 2017.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Accommodations include comfortable private living quarters in a remodeled 1850’s farmhouse, shared bathroom facilities (2/bathroom), towels and linens, housekeeping service provided, shared cooking/kitchen facilities.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Food program provided, including chef-prepared dinners 4 nights per week. Cooking/kitchen facilities are also available for residents.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The Common Area, 2 of the bedrooms (and associated bathroom) and 2 of the studios are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    7 private studios (heated, air conditioned). Ceramics/pottery (electric kiln provided), painting, sculpture, writers’ studios. Music studio with upright piano (also Mac hardware, synthesizers, Digital Performer, Korg midi music recording module). Some digital media equipment and software, hand and power tools and construction equipment and materials available without charge.
  • Other facilities and services: Common Area/meeting space and modest library for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; 2 PC's; wireless internet available throughout most of the facility. Organization provides a weekly shopping trip into town and initial pickup at local airports and train/bus stations. Smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

Except for a $30 application fee ($35 for the Site-Responsive Art Residency), the program is offered free of charge.

Stipends / other support

For the May, 2017 Site-Responsive Art Residency, the 10-12 invited artists will each receive a stipend of between $2,200 and $3,000, depending upon their geographic travel zone.

Additional expectations / opportunities

As Regards I-Park's General Residency Program: An OPEN Studios event is scheduled for the last weekend of the session; one page work-on-paper contribution to the I-Park scrapbook; end of session questionnaire. The General Residency Program offers special encouragement and staff support to artists whose work responds to the natural and built environments at I-Park. Artists are welcome, though not required, to contribute a work of art to the project archives. Individual and group photos are taken at some point during the residency and a short documentary video is produced during each session. It is also hoped, though not at all required, that some artists will take an interest in and perhaps contribute their ideas and/or energy to other emerging programs at I-Park: Gardens at I-Park, Thanatopolis (memorial/memory park), Contemporary Composers Institute.

Contact Information

P. O. Box 508
Plantsville, Connecticut 06479
United States
Tel: (860) 873-2468