Frequently asked questions
APPLICATION AND FEES
WHO CAN APPLY?
Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age showing a robust creative practice. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, and music composition.
Artists enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency opportunity are not eligible to apply.
We will furnish acceptance letters for international residents, but residents are responsible for their own visa.
HOW LONG IS THE RESIDENCY?
WHAT ARE THE RESIDENCY FEES?
$950 is a subsidized rate and covers private bedroom, private studio, stocked kitchen and most food. There is an additional security deposit of $200. The security eposit is returned within 30 days of the end of residency if bedroom and studio are left in satisfactory condition. Checks are mailed to address provided on the application.
WHEN ARE FEES DUE?
The $950 residency fee and the $200 security deposit are due April 8.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY RESIDENCY?
If you need to cancel your residency for any reason before your session, this deposit will not be refunded. We will refund the $950 if we receive email notice of cancellation at least six weeks before residency session.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO LEAVE EARLY?
If you need to the residency leave early, you are still responsible for your entire monthly fee.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE FELLOWSHIP?
Each year ChaNorth awards one fellowship to cover residency fees to an artist under 30 years of age. All eligible applicants are considered for the fellowship. Fellowship recipients are responsible for their own travel, art supplies, $200 deposit, and incidentals.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO APPLY?
$30 to help cover administrative costs.
CAN I BRING A COLLABORATOR?
Creative partners are welcome if they are included in the initial applications. Please note that at this time there is only one bed in each room (double, full or twin depending on the room). The first creative partner is charged the full residency fee and the second is charged $480.
INTERNET AND MAIL
CAN I RECEIVE MAIL AND PACKAGES?
Package delivery services will deliver directly to ChaNorth, and you may send supplies for your residency via UPS, FEDEX, DHL. Please use our physical address for all parcel deliveries:
c/o ChaNorth, 2600 Route 199
Pine Plains, NY 12567
CELL SERVICE QUALITY?
Depending on cell carrier and where you are on the property the cell signal can be adequate or nonexistent. Cell service in town is excellent. There are no telephones in the dwellings. We found major phone providers work better here.
There is a high-speed WIFI reception at the farmhouse. The Wi-Fi signal is not very strong in the bungalow, and it isn’t suitable for streaming or any other applications that require high-speed access. Artists at the bungalow can use the kitchen, in the farmhouse for high-speed internet.
ACCESS TO COMPUTERS/PRINTERS?
We do not supply computers or printers for your residency, so please plan on being self-sufficient concerning your technical needs. Residents can use the computer and printing facilities at the Pine Plains Library.
WHAT EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?
There are many opportunities for ChaNorth residents to show their work in NYC and the Hudson Valley. Please see details below.
Open studios. Each month ChaNorth hosts an open studio and all residents are invited to participate.
Artist talk. All artists are required to do an artist presentation at community gathering each month.
THE SITE OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS
The SITE is our temporary (1 to 7 month) outdoor ChaNorth outdoor project space (https://www.ChaNorth.com/in-context-outdo). If you would like to use the space, please describe the project, space requirements, and plans for installation and de-installation and maintenance in your residency proposal.
CHANORTH GROUP SHOW IN NYC
ChaNorth group show in NYC. Each Year ChaNorth curates a group show from past year resident artists' work. The show is curated and artists in residence need to apply through an open call. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up their work from the gallery. ChaNorth accepts applications for the yearly group show in all creative fields, including but is not limited to visual arts, writing, choreography, music composition, and performance. Please visit the Exhibition Page to view past shows.
All residents are considered for the solo show award. There is no open call. Selection will be based on our knowledge of your work and its development. The solo show takes place in NYC the year following the residency. The awardee is responsible for shipment of work to and from the gallery.
We continue to work on additional exhibition opportunities in NYC and Hudson Valley. Each year the opportunities will be different.
WHAT ARE THE STUDIOS LIKE?
Each resident artist is assigned a private studio. Because the studios vary in size, it is important that you state your studio needs and visual artists need to make clear the dimensions of the work they propose to do. Each studio is equipped with at least one table and chair, storage, and clip lights. There is a sink in the farmhouse kitchen for four farmhouse studios and one studio in the bungalow also has a sink.
CAN I PUT HOLES IN THE WALLS?
Yes, but the studio must be returned to the way you found it, meaning you need to spackle over and paint holes and other alterations. Under no circumstance should anything be drilled, nailed, or otherwise installed in the woodwork, ceiling, or floor.
Our buildings are old and made of wood. Nothing flammable, hazardous, or highly toxic. No open flames. Do not dispose of anything toxic in the sinks. We have an ageing septic system. If you have any questions about your materials or processes, please ask.
Please plan to either ship your art supplies or bring them with you. The nearest (small) art supply store is 30 minutes away by car. There are small amounts of material (wood, wire, paint, ribbon etc.) left by previous residents you are welcome to use.
You will have a private bedroom in one of our two residential houses. Linens, towels, and blankets are provided
Most but not all residents have a private bathroom. The bathroom is stocked with toilet paper, cleaners, and hand soap. You will want to bring your own toiletries, blow dryers, etc.
There is a clothes washer and dryer in the bungalow. Laundry soap is provided. We encourage residents also to use the clotheslines when weather permits.
IS THE RESIDENCY ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?
The residency takes place in two old farmhouses and they are not ADA compliant.
HOW MANY RESIDENTS LIVE AT CHANORTH?
7-10 in 7 bedrooms per month.
ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Residents are responsible for their own meals. The bungalow kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, utensils, dishes etc. as well as a considerable amount of food staples. Please consult the food list in the FAQ below. Frequently residents cook together and share meals. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the spectacular and plentiful in-season organic produce stocked weekly. Supplies are restocked once weekly. Should residents have more immediate needs, there is a small grocery store in Pine Plains they can use.
WHAT ABOUT DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/SPECIAL REQUESTS?
We try to provide a variety of food to address everyone’s needs and tastes. However, we are located in a remote area and access to anything beyond the basics is limited. We ask you to look at the list to see if your needs are met. If you notice that items that you frequently use are not on the list, please considering bringing supplies with you. Items you might like to bring with you: favorite spices and condiments, nutritional supplements, brand-specific products you can’t live without.
Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Coconut Oil
Balsamic Vinegar Apple Cider Vinegar
Coffee, Tea (black, green and herbal)
Honey, Organic Cane Sugar
Flour, Baking Soda Baking Powder, Corn Starch
Oatmeal, Raisins, dried cranberry
Pasta (all types including gluten free)
Dried Beans (3 different types)
Raw Milk from local farm (when requested)
Milk and Almond milk (when requested)
Large Plain Yogurt
Cheese (cheddar, mozzarella)
Meat (chicken, beef, pork - frozen)
Tofu (when requested)
3 types of other vegetables
WHAT TO BRING?
Bring everything you will need as there are no art supply stores nearby.
ChaNorth has a limited supply of hand tools and a couple of power tools (drill, jigsaw).
CLOTHING AND PERSONAL ITEMS
Weather-appropriate clothing. Please check the weather before you come. Summer can be quite cool.
Proper footwear. If you plan to hike/walk in the woods, bring closed toe shoes/boots, pants and long sleeve shirts. Lyme disease is prevalent in the Hudson Valley and we urge you to take precautions.
Toiletries, medicine, etc.
Bug spray with DEET
Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
Swimsuit and swim towel and flip flops
ARE THERE CHORES OR WORK REQUIREMENTS?
1. All residents contribute 3 hours a week at McEnroe Organic Farms. In exchange, we get fabulous and abundant produce.
2. All residents are expected to do their share to keep common spaces clean and uncluttered. There is a chore rotation to remind everyone what needs to be done (e.g. taking out the trash, sweeping, etc.). We expect everyone to clean up after themselves be considerate of others.
10 pm to 10 am
SO, WHAT'S IT LIKE?
Because most of the studios and bedrooms are housed in converted farm houses, the typical ‘white box’ studio does not exist, but is rather replaced with wonderfully unique spaces.
GETTING TO THE RESIDENCY?
All residents must arrive before 6 pm on the first day of their residency.
Residents are responsible for transport to and from the residency. However, we offer one scheduled pick up on the day of arrival at 4:15 pm in Wassaic Station.
Residents must reserve this pickup the week before they arrive. Residents will need to take the 1:49 train to Wassaic and arrives 4.15pm in Wassaic. Offpeak riders will need to change trains in Southeast. Tickets can be purchased at Grand Central. Residents arriving on other trains will need to arrange with Wassaic Taxi +1(845)-789-1242 for transport to the residency,
The easiest way, but more expensive, from NYC is to take Amtrak from Penn Station to Rhinecliff, NY. From Rhinecliff residents can use ride-hailing apps or call a taxi.
Or or call a taxi. Rhinebeck taxi: +1 845-243-1299
GETTING AROUND DURING THE RESIDENCY?
Having a car while at ChaNorth is helpful and we recommend bringing one. There are two bikes, helmets, and safety vests for residents to bike to town 1.5 miles away. ChaNorth is not responsible for bicycle maintenance.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children at this time.
CAN I BRING A PET?
As much as we love our four legged friends, due to our location and because of allergy issues we can not take the responsinility to accomodate pets.
CAN I HAVE OVERNIGHT GUESTS?
Any overnight guest needs to be approved by staff before arrival. $20 per person per night paid in cash to the residency director. One adult guest can stay with a resident for up to 2 days total.