Artist’s Book Residency Grant

The Artist’s Book Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work. Working intensively in our studios, artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50.

The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.

The contract stipulates that 20% of the edition goes to WSW’s archive, exhibition, and display copies; 20% of the edition goes to the artist; and 60% of the edition goes to general sales. WSW has developed a series of archive and exhibition opportunities for our artists’ books, and artists can collaborate with WSW on marketing for a 50% commission fee.

WSW’s artists’ books are held in over 200 collections world-wide, and in nine repositories that have the majority of our collection: Indiana University (Bloomington), Rochester Institute of TechnologyUniversity of DelawareVassar CollegeVirginia Commonwealth UniversityYale UniversityUniversity of MichiganThe Library of Congress, and Bucknell University.

An outside jury of artists and curators choose the grant recipients.


Key details:

Postmark deadline*: November 15
Notification date: via email by March 1
Residency length: 6-8 weeks
Residency occurs: 10-19 months after application, September through June

*All applications must be physically mailed and postmarked by November 15.


Application must include:

  • The application form (3 hard copies)
  • A complete resume (3 hard copies)
  • A materials budget (3 hard copies)
  • A project description (200 word max), including the media and studio needed. (3 hard copies)
  • If using original text for your book, please include a representative writing sample. (3 hard copies)
  • A CD or flash drive with up to ten images of recent work (digital specifications here). WSW reserves the right not to review applications that are not formatted properly.
  • An image script, which should include the title, medium, dimension, and date of each image. (3 hard copies)
  • A structural dummy to demonstrate how the book will be bound or function when handled. This does not have to be a complete representation of the finished piece. Please do, however, include at least 1-2 fully realized spreads. Your dummy should represent the book’s actual size. We do, of course, anticipate that you will refine your ideas before the residency begins. (1 hard copy)
  • Please note: label all materials you’re submitting with your full name (including the dummy). Application materials will not be returned unless requested. If you want your application returned, adequate postage and packaging material must be included with the application.


Please send to:
Artist’s Book Grant Application
Women’s Studio Workshop
PO Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472

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