Financial Assistance

Watershed provides merit-based and need-based financial aid for artists interested in attending a residency. The deadline to apply is February 15. 

Summer Residency Scholarships

Watershed scholarships can partially or fully cover the cost of a residency at the Center. Awards range from $500 to $1525 (the full cost of a 2-week session).  Awards that cover the full cost of a residency are called Kiln God awards, and award recipients are paired with a Kiln God donor who funds the session.  All artists are eligible to apply for a scholarship, regardless of age, experience, or media/discipline.

Awards are for summer residency sessions only and are determined with consideration given primarily to merit and secondarily to need. A review committee of ceramics professionals makes annual determinations.  Funds cover residency fee-related items (e.g., housing in a double room, meals, and studio); there are no cash awards. Residents participating in an Artists-Invite-Artists group are eligible for scholarships of up to $500.  Award recipients are responsible for housing upgrades, travel expenses, materials, firings, and packing/shipping of work.

Full-scholarship/Kiln God recipients are not eligible for funding again for three summers following an award and may only be fully funded twice in total.

The Zenobia Award

The Zenobia Award, a new merit scholarship in 2017, covers the full cost of a two week summer residency at Watershed. The award will be given to an artist of color with exceptional talent who is interested in ceramics. The artist need not primarily work in clay but must have a familiarity with the medium and be comfortable working independently in the studio.

Those applying for Watershed Scholarships, Kiln God Awards, and the Zenobia Award may all use the following application.  Artists applying for the Zenobia award will also be considered for Kiln Gods and Watershed Scholarships. 

  • Applications for summer 2018 will open January 2018
  • Application deadline: February 15
  • Recipients will be notified by late March

 

Work-Exchange Scholarships

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Summer Residency work-exchange scholarships are awarded to applicants based on financial need. In exchange for approximately 3 hours of work per weekday, artists pay a discounted total fee (including residency, room & board) of $850 per 2-week summer session (45 percent off the regular cost).

The Fall Residency work-exchange scholarship provides a discounted total fee of $1,200 (including residency, room and board—a discount of 40 percent off the full rate) for the 6-week session in exchange for 16 hours of work per week. Work may include maintenance work on the Watershed grounds or in the studio or some clerical/office work. Participants pay separately for food, materials, and firings.

  • Applications for summer 2018 will open January 2018
  • Summer work-exchange application deadline: February 15
  • Recipients will be notified by late March

 

Farm & Fire Fellowship

Watershed is uniquely situated in a small agricultural valley surrounded by organic farms. We have partnered with our neighbors at Dandelion Spring Farm to offer a fellowship program that enables students who are passionate about ceramic art and organic farming to explore their dual interests during a 2.5 week internship. Fellows gain hands-on experience in the Watershed studio and on the farm while greatly contributing to the daily operation of both programs.    

  • Applications for summer 2018 will open in January 2018. 
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School-Funded Assistantships

Several colleges and universities collaborate with Watershed to provide funded assistantships to their students. The school pays a work-exchange residency fee directly to Watershed, and the student participates in the residency free of charge in exchange for 15 hours of work per week.  Click here to learn more about how the assistantship program works. Faculty members interested in setting up a funded assistantship with their school are encouraged to contact Watershed

Students awarded a school-funded assistantship choose sessions on a first come-first served basis.  Watershed will notify students by early April at the latest of their session dates. (Please note: funded assistants who attend the 2.5-week residency are required to work over the Salad Days weekend.)