Kingsley Wratten, Executive Director
Harold Davies, Development Director
Roberta Wratten, Program Director
Dr. Dietrich Mack
Dr. Manuel Moran
The 250 acre site in the rural hamlet of Leonardsville, N.Y., includes a working apple orchard, organic vegetable gardens, waterfall, and miles of walking trails through the hilly woodlands and pastures of a former Horned Dorset breed sheep farm.
An 8,000 volume library and internet access are available. Artists must provide all of their own materials and special equipment. Studios vary in size and are assigned according to residents’ needs.
A personal vehicle is recommended, although weekly transportation is available for shopping, area museums, and nearby artists’ residency programs.
Eligibilty is presently limited to artists, over the age of 21, who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the fields of ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, CREATIVE WRITING, CREATIVE WRITING TRANSLATION, MUSICAL COMPOSITION, or VISUAL ARTS. The total cost for a four-week residency is $4,000. Artists who are able to cover their own costs increase HDC’s ability to assist those who cannot, but acceptance to HDC is based upon quality of work and professional references, not the ability to contribute financially. It is hoped that some artists will be able to make a charitable donation of $500 – $1,000 to help defray some of the cost of their residency, but HDC will make every effort to help invited artists who are in need of financial support.
2018 CALENDAR DEADLINES
These deadlines apply to all applications.
SESSION I: May 31 – June 26
SESSION II: July 5 – July 31
SESSION III: September 5 – October 2
Application Deadline: MARCH 2
Notification of Acceptance: MARCH 12 – 16
Your Confirmation of Acceptance: MARCH 19 – 23
Applications can be submitted at any time during the year. The director will then advise you how to proceed by return email. You MAY be asked to submit additional work samples, professional references, a curriculum vitae, or a more comprehensive description of the work you intend to accomplish. You MAY be asked to submit financial information regarding your personal income. Final applications are reviewed by an outside panel of jurors and the director. Repeat residencies are permitted every three years.
Residents are expected to attend all dinners and participate in cultural engagements such as occasional open studios. Residents are asked to keep some form of journal from which they can draw to make an informal presentation during the last week of their residency. Most dinners are served in a semi-formal, public restaurant setting, so appropriate dress is expected. Volunteer assistance in maintaining the walking trails and organic vegetable gardens is always welcome.
The Residents of HDC
The founders, a painter, a writer and a musician, believe that interaction across traditional disciplines frees an artist from old biases, stimulates risk-taking, and encourages collaboration. The residents of HDC enjoy rich interactions that trigger their most creative inspirations. Click below to find out about our past residents and their experience at the Horned Dorset Colony.
The Horned Dorset Inn and Restaurant buildings were listed as “The Wheeler Block Complex” on the National Register of Historic Places in September, 1983. The restaurant, which has enjoyed a reputation for world-class cuisine for more than 30 years, is open to the public and sometimes serves as a dining room for HDC. “ . . . At the Horned Dorset Colony, dinners are an important catalyst for dialogue and for exploring collaborative possibilities. Invigorated by delicious food, served in memorable surroundings, artists have a unique opportunity to explore the common components of their various creative biases.”
Kingsley Wratten, executive director, HDC
The following is an excerpt from the original National Register nomination:
The Horned Dorset Colony is a not-for-profit corporation and is exempt under 501(c3). Gifts and donations are fully deductible for income and estate purposes. All contributions will be directed entirely to support the residency program and will be acknowledged by a letter from the director for tax purposes. Contributions of all sizes are welcome.
PARTICIPATE IN THE HDC STUDIOS. Free and open to the public, these events are held at the end of each residency. Meet the artists. Buy some of their work. Enjoy some refreshments. Dates will be announced on HDC Facebook.
ATTEND HDC’S MONTHLY DINNER/CONCERT SERIES. World-class performances (from jazz to classical) are paired with fine cuisine on eight memorable Sundays throughout the year. PROCEEDS FROM THESE EVENTS BENEFIT THE HDC SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Dates will be announced on HDC Facebook. For reservations, call the Horned Dorset Inn at 315-855-7898 or go to The Horned Dorset Inn’s Website.
STAY IN THE HDC ACCOMMODATIONS. When residency rooms are not occupied by artists, they are made available to the public. Rates vary depending on the accommodation, from queen rooms to king suites. All rooms are well-appointed and have private bath. Group inquiries are welcomed. ALL PROCEEDS FROM ROOM RENTALS GO DIRECTLY THE COLONY. For more information and reservations, call the Horned Dorset Inn at 315-855-7898 or click the button below.
The Horned Dorset Colony
Leonardsville, NY, 13364
The Horned Dorset Colony
2000 Route 8
Leonardsville, NY, 13364
From New York City (Manhattan): Take George Washington Bridge, to Palisades north, to NYS Thruway, to Route 17 W (86) at Harriman. Follow 17 (86) to Route 8 north to Leonardsville. (about 4 hours)
From Utica: Take Route 8 south to Leonardsville.
From Albany: Take the Thruway (90) to Utica and Route 8 south to Leonardsville, or (more scenic), the Thruway to I 88 south, and then Route 20 west to Bridgewater, and Route 8 south to Leonardsville.
Take Amtrack to Utica, NY station and an HDC representative will meet you.
Syracuse (Hancock) airport is about 1 1/4 hours drive; Albany airport is about 1 1/2 hours. An HDC representative can arrange to meet you for a modest fee.
Click on the map below to be directed to Google Maps of the Leonardsville area.
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