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Sculpture Space, Inc.

Sculpture Space hosts 20 artists from around the world annually to come to Utica to live and create new work. Housed in the former Utica Steam Engine and Boilerworks since its inception in 1976, artists working in all media are encouraged to apply (we have never narrowly defined sculpture), including multi- and trans-disciplines, performance, installation, conceptual, environmental, social and community-based practices, as well as metal and wood work.


Utica, New York: United States

Sculpture Space is located in West Utica, close to downtown, in the scenic Mohawk Valley. Historically a thriving industrial mill town bordering the Erie Canal, known for its world-class museum and grand architecture, Utica is a typical post-industrial Rust-Belt city on the edge of revitalization: surrounded by working farms handed down through generations, with a thriving local/regional artists community, a current population that includes 25% new immigrants and refugees (Somalian, Burmese, Iraqi, Bosnian), close to Colgate and Syracuse universities and Hamilton and Hartwick colleges and within driving distance of New York City, Toronto and Boston.


  • Residency Length: 2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5-6
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 20
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 300


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Working knowledge of English necessary. Online application ($25 administrative fee plus $10 slideroom fee) at

  • Application deadline: January 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications accepted November 1, 2018 through January 15, 2019 for the 2020 cycle. Beginning November 1, 2018 Application Online at

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Diana Al-Hadid, Mia Feuer, DeWitt Godfrey, Emilie Brzezinski, Lynne Yamamoto, Blane de St. Croix, Allison Wiese, Barbara Andrus, Michael Beitz, Georgina Batty, Maica Evers, Olek, William Tucker, Alicia Eggert, Jarrod Beck, Richard Friedberg, Takashi Soga, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Rosemarie Fiore, Deborah Simon
Having 24-hour access to my studio and to the machinery allowed me the time and mental space for truly exploratory work. The Sculpture Space staff and community were enthusiastic and supportive in multiple ways. The conversations I was able to have with both staff and other residents wove their way into the design and construction of the project, and technical staff were very generous with their knowledge and suggestions. I came away from my time at Sculpture Space with a new body of knowledge, a new project, and new technical skills that I learned there. These are invaluable to my studio practice, and also will positively impact my teaching.
— Gina Siepel, AIR 2017
Sculpture Space was an extremely welcoming and supportive residency that allowed me to make some very pivotal work within my practice. My project was to engage with the local refugee community including those from Bosnia, where I am from. With the support from Sculpture Space I was able to conduct a number of workshops with a group of refugees at the residency premises and this turned very fruitful for the participants as well as enabling new relationships to develop between key organisations in Utica. Sculpture Space's engagement and interest in the local community was very valuable for an artist in my position who was interested in exploring the region and getting to understand Utica and its many unique qualities. As well as the community aspect of my residency I was also able to make studio based work and this was made possible by the generous commitment of George in helping us reach stores and locations to acquire materials as well as teaching us techniques needed to execute our ideas. I have returned to London enriched by friendships and the meaningful work that has resulted from my time at Sculpture Space and believe my experience will have a lasting significance in how I approach future projects.'
— Ana Cvorovic, AIR 2018

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Individual/private bedrooms, shared living/dining/kitchen, two bathrooms in newly renovated residence one block from studio; Please see website for full description.)


  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    House and studio have fully-equipped kitchens. (Please see website for full description.)
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    6 semi-private studios, 5500 sqft shared space with equipment/tools. (Please see website for full description.)
  • Other facilities and services: In addition to our full fleet of bicycles for artist use, transportation for materials and supplies, and to/from airport/bus/train is easily arranged via staff/Board/volunteers

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Free access to equipment, free studio space and free housing for two months.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are asked to credit/acknowledge Sculpture Space when work made while in residence is subsequently exhibited or published, and to provide professional quality images of their work for website, archives and publications.. In addition, we require artists donate a mutually-agreed upon artwork to be sold at our annual CHAIRity Art Auction, held every September, benefitting Sculpture Space’s programming.

Contact Information

12 Gates Street
Utica, New York 13502
United States