WelcomeDue to the pandemic, all Horned Dorset Colony residencies were cancelled in 2020. Because of the lingering uncertainties in 2021, HDC decided to err on the side of caution and schedule only one session, with participation limited to a few artists who were previously accepted in 2020. DonateApply Now
Harold Davies, Development Director
Roberta Wratten, Program Director
A personal vehicle is recommended, although weekly transportation is available for shopping, area museums, and nearby artists’ residency programs.
2021 PROGRAM CHANGES
Due to the pandemic, all Horned Dorset Colony residencies were cancelled in 2020. Because of the lingering uncertainties in 2021, HDC decided to err on the side of caution and schedule only one session, with participation limited to a few artists who were previously accepted in 2020. HDC is presently accepting inquiries and applications for 2022. The exact dates of the 2022 residencies have not yet been determined. Inquiries may be directed to Kingsley Wratten, director, via email at : firstname.lastname@example.org. Some recent changes have been made to insure the safety and well-being of all participants and to insure that HDC continues to operate financially sound. The most significant changes are: All participants must submit a copy of their immunization for Covid 19. Dinners together have traditionally taken place at the Horned Dorset restaurant, but if circumstances will not allow this, dinners will be brought to the residency where the residents will eat together. Residents are responsible for the purchase and preparation of their own breakfast and lunch. Weekly transportation to a nearby supermarket and pharmacy will be provided. Bed and bath linens will be provided, but washing will be the responsibility of the residents. Laundry facilities are provided. Visitors are not permitted during the residency. The cost of a month-long residency will be $2,000. Within 14 days after acceptance, each candidate must submit a non-refundable deposit of $500. The balance of $1,500 is due 30 days before the residency session commences. A limited number of scholarships may be available.
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.
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.
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 OPEN 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. Add your email to our mailing list to receive ongoing details.
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. Add your email to our mailing list to receive ongoing details. 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 and corporate inquiries are welcomed. ALL PROCEEDS FROM ROOM RENTALS GO DIRECTLY TO 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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