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Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People
Merce Cunningham Event with ETHEL
ICE - The International Contemporary Ensemble
The garden and mountain at Mount Tremper Arts
Perfect Lives Catskills, An opera by Robert Ashley, performed by Varispeed in Phoenicia, NY

Mount Tremper Arts

Mount Tremper Arts (MTA) supports contemporary artists in the creation and presentation of new works of art. Founded in 2008 by photographer Mathew Pokoik and choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke, MTA is an artist-run space that fosters an environment of creative risk taking and intellectual curiosity through an integration of performances, exhibitions, artist residencies, and hybrid food and art programming. With an intensive Summer Festival and year-round Creative Development Residencies for artists, MTA nurtures both the solitude necessary for making artistic work and the community needed to share it. Local agricultural models influence MTA’s programming, and issues of economic and environmental sustainability are a core concern of the center.

MTA provides three residency programs:

(1) Creative Development Residencies
MTA supports the development of new works of art for the Summer Festival through Creative Development Residencies. All artists who participate in the festival are provided with two weeks of residency time here in the Catskills between September and May. Residencies includes 24/7 exclusive use of the studio building, living quarters in the Main House, and quiet dedicated time to focus on their art practice. Please note that Creative Development Residencies are by invitation only.

(2) Subsidized Residencies
Between September - May we offer affordable residencies open to all performance artists and/or ensembles who create contemporay works of art. Artists have exclusive 24/7 use of the studio building plus a shared kitchen and housing for up to 12 people. Rates are $650 for 1 week and $90 for additional days.

(3) Work Exchange Residencies
Work exchange residencies are available from 1 to 9 months, and are ideal for recently graduated artists, writers, and curators. Residents contribute 20 hours of work per week, which may include residency preparation, grounds and garden work, cleaning, snow shoveling, stuffing envelopes, production assistance, other admin work, or just about anything else depending on personal skills. Candidates must be independent and self-motivated. Residencies include a private bedroom in the main house, a shared kitchen and living room, and wi-fi internet. The Studio is available when not in use by other residencies during warm weather. Food and transportation are not a part of the exchange, and a car is strongly recommended (but not essential.)


Mount Tremper, New York: United States

Located within New York's Catskill State Park (just 2 hours from New York City), Mount Tremper Arts is nestled on 150 wooded acres that touch thousands of acres of public land. Performances, exhibits, rehearsals, and classes take place in a large and airy studio built in 2005. The property also holds a house from the 1800s available to people on residency, as well as gardens, hiking trails, streams, a pond, and a sauna. The grounds at Mount Tremper Arts include an organic vegtable garden, ornamental gardens, hiking trails, and 150 acres of mountainside forested land adjacent to the Catskill Forest Preserve.


  • Residency Length: varies
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 12


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Past Residents & Quotes

"Working at Mount Tremper Arts is a huge part of the DNA of Dream of the Red Chamber. So much so that it feels like it was born there. The residency was so flexible and responsive to our particularly quirky needs, and MTA was so willing to engage and encourage our work that we accomplished a staggering amount of making in our two weeks there. It doesn't seem like it could have been that short. Mixing MTA's deep understanding of what artists actually do and need with the fantastic environment is a pure artistic thrill.”
— Jim Findlay, 2012 MTA Festival Residency Artist in Theater

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Theater
  • Additional studio information: 
    The primary building at Mt. Tremper Arts is a studio used for performance, exhibitions, and rehearsals built in 2005. It contains an open 32’ x 50’ space with 25' ceilings and large picture windows overlooking gardens and woods on three sides. It has sprung maple floors and radiant heat. The studio is fully equipped with lighting and sound for both teaching and performances and can easily seat 75 people. The studio building contains a loft, full bathroom with shower, and porch.

Residency Fees

Varies. See above.

Stipends / other support

Artist fee for Creative Development Residencies.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

P.O. Box 88
Mount Tremper, New York 12457
United States