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.
All residents have their own private room, all with private bath. All houses have comfortable common rooms.
Breakfast and lunch are the responsibility of the residents. Dinners are included and may be served in the houses or in the restaurant.
2024 Program Information
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. There are no application fees, but a “Place- Holder Fee” of $500 will be required of each accepted candidate and will be due in advance of their residency. HDC does not provide stipends for resident’s travel or artist’s materials.
There will be two 4-week sessions in 2024:
I. May 30 – June 26
II. September 5 – October 2
Five to eight artists will be chosen for each session. The estimated cost of a four-week residency is $5000, funded primarily from our own scholarship fund. A “placeholder fee” of $500 is required from each artist upon acceptance. The fee includes: private room with private bath, in-house kitchen and laundry facilities, private studio/work space, dinner, transportation to nearby shopping and cultural events.
Visitors, pets and “weekends away” are discouraged. The emphasis here is to get work accomplished and share or collaborate with other artists.
Inquiries may be directed to Kingsley Wratten, director, via email at : email@example.com.
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. 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. Some 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.
History of the Inn
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.
Contact & Directions
The Horned Dorset Colony
Leonardsville, NY, 13364
The Horned Dorset Colony
1995 Route 8
Leonardsville, NY, 13364
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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