About The Residency

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

Residency Program

With a greater array of materials available to artists than ever before, this is an exciting time in art history. The Golden Foundation Residency Program is specifically designed to assist the professional artist in discovering and exploring the many materials and technologies available today. Through the Golden Foundation, residents will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with dozens of unique materials and technologies.

Exploratory Residency

Our residencies are based on the exploration of innovative uses in waterborne materials and oil paint technology.  Residents will discover materials that will challenge the way they think about paint. They will be introduced to materials that will open up new methods and new channels for expression and the creative process.

The Golden Foundation will be offering six Exploratory Residency Program sessions this year. Each session will last four weeks, with up to three artists per session.

2018 Residency Sessions:

February 25 – March 24

April 15 – May 12

May 20 – June 16

June 24 – July 21

September 9 – October 6

October 14 – November 10

Included in Residency

  • A complete survey of the wide range of acrylic and oil paints and mediums
  • An introduction to custom and experimental acrylic products
  • An introduction to the Golden Artist Colors laboratories and manufacturing facilities
  • Opportunities to consult with paint technicians
  • A supply of acrylic and oil paint materials
  • 24/7 access to 900-1,200 sp. ft. open studio space (Due to shared open studio space, solvent use will be limited.)
  • A spacious private apartment with its own private bathroom with shower
  • Access to a fully-equipped shared kitchen, laundry facilities, wireless Internet access, and spacious common areas
  • 140 acres of pastoral meadows, woodland trails, and meandering brooks


Various levels of financial support are available for studio and living expenses. The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status. This includes:

  • An artist may receive a reduced-cost residency and living expenses

The Golden Foundation requests applicants who are seeking financial assistance to provide information regarding their income level. This establishes a basis in which the Foundation is able to give consideration for financial assistance. Listed below are the levels of potential support through the Golden Foundation.

Income Range SAGF Contribution Avg. Resident Cost
$0 – $25,000 $2,500 – $3,500 $500
$25,001 – $50,000 $2,000 – $3,000 $1,000
$50,001 – $75,000 $1,500 – $2,500 $1,500
$75,001+ $500 – $1,000 $2,500
  • An artist may receive a fully funded residency at any income range

Financial status is not a consideration in the selection process. If selected for a residency, artists applying for financial support may be required to submit supporting financial documentation.

Please Note:

  • The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization.
  • Artists are responsible for the purchase and preparation of their own meals.
  • Artists should plan to bring their own tools, canvas, and paper. Some canvas and paper will be available for purchase through the Golden Foundation.
  • Artists are responsible for their travel and travel expenses to and from the residency.

Regardless of financial need, all artists accepted into the residency program receive a generous supply of paint materials and technical support.

Artists are responsible for their food expense and preparation as well as travel expenses to and from the residency. Artists should plan to bring their own tools, canvas, and paper. Some canvas and paper will be available for purchase through the Golden Foundation.

The fee of a residency is $3,500. Due to the limited funds available for financial support, we ask that artists seriously consider the amount of their request for financial aid. The Golden Foundation greatly appreciates financial support provided by all artists who contribute to the program.

Upon acceptance to the Golden Foundation Residency, a $250 deposit will be required of all residents.

The Selection Process

The Exploratory Residency applicants will be selected through a competitive juried process. The selections will be made by a committee consisting primarily of artists and art professionals of distinction. The committee’s criteria will focus on the quality of the submitted work.