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The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.


With a greater array of materials available to artists than ever before, this is an exciting time in art history. The Golden Foundation Residency Program is specifically designed to assist the professional artist in discovering and exploring the many materials and technologies available today. Through the Golden Foundation, residents will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with dozens of unique materials and technologies.


Our residencies are based on the exploration of innovative uses in waterborne materials and oil paint technology. Residents will discover materials that will challenge the way they think about paint. They will be introduced to materials that will open up new methods and new channels for expression and the creative process.

The Golden Foundation will be offering six Exploratory Residency Program sessions. Each session will last four weeks, with up to three artists per session.


New Berlin, New York: United States

Over 30 years ago as they sat at their kitchen table, Sam and Adele Golden would look out over the picturesque countryside and dream of a community of artists living, working, and creating. With the purchase of the Huth Farm in 2004, the Golden Family began the process of bringing into focus the dream of Sam and Adele. Located just several hundred yards down the road from Golden Artist Colors, the newly transformed Golden Foundation Residency Barn is home to the Golden Foundation. The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency resides on 140 acres of fields and woods in the town of Columbus, New York. Columbus is a small rural farming community about a four hour drive from New York City. The residency property has a beautiful brook running through it, along with miles of groomed walking paths.


  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 18
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 250


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

    open to professional artists, 25 years of age or older working in paint. The Golden Foundation does not accept commercial artists.

  • Application deadline: September 17
  • Additional deadline info:

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The Golden Foundation facility meets all ADA requirements with complete accessibility for wheelchairs to studio and living spaces.The facility includes a lift accessible at all 3 floors, one apartment with a wheelchair accessible bathroom and equipped with warning lighting in case of an emergency. All main entrances are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Painting
  • Additional studio information: 
    Peg board with basic set of tools in each studio. We also have tables and moveable rolling walls. Please contact us for more detailed information about studio supplies. We also recommend bringing your own brushes and tools.

Residency Fees

Financial support is available to help offset residency costs to those applicants able to demonstrate financial need. The amount of financial assistance provided by the Golden Foundation will be determined on a case by case basis. In applying for financial aid, we ask that applicants seriously consider what they will be able to contribute to their residency experience. Various levels of financial support are available for studio and living expenses. The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status. An artist may receive a reduced-cost residency and living expenses The Golden Foundation requests applicants who are seeking financial assistance to provide information regarding their income level. This establishes a basis in which the Foundation is able to give consideration for financial assistance. Listed on our website are the levels of potential support through the Golden Foundation. The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status. All artists accepted into the residency will receive a generous supply of paint materials and technical support. Accepted residents are encouraged to seek their own sponsorship funding. The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization.

Stipends / other support

INCLUDED IN A RESIDENCY A complete survey of the wide range of acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints and mediums. An introduction to custom and experimental acrylic products. An introduction to the Golden Artist Colors laboratories and manufacturing facilities. Opportunities to consult with paint technicians. A supply of acrylic and oil paint materials. 24/7 access to open studio space ranging in size from 900 sq. ft. to 1200 sq. ft. (Because of shared open studio space, solvent use will be limited). A spacious private apartment with its own private bathroom with shower. Access to a fully-equipped shared kitchen, laundry facilities, wireless Internet access, and spacious common areas. 140 acres of pastoral meadows, woodland trails, and meandering brooks.

Additional expectations / opportunities

An optional Open Studios will be available to all artists who attend the Golden Residency near the end of their stay.

Contact Information

237 Bell Rd.
New Berlin, New York 13411
United States