Opportunities for Artists

Explore, Experiment, and Learn

For over 25 years the Art Park has been a place for working artists to explore, experiment, and learn. Opportunities for artists range from formal residency positions to affordable studio rental and from teaching a skill to exhibiting work. The Art Park strives to support artists at any point in their career and from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, and interests. The legacy of the artist-in-residence program extends to Art Park founder Dorothy Riester, and her tenancy as the original resident artist, living and working on Stone Quarry Hill from the 1960's to the early 2000's. The various opportunities available to artists are based upon principles that Dorothy lived. All Art Park artists continue this legacy-- sharing a love and interest in the landscape of Stone Quarry Hill and a willingness to interact with the Art Park’s community, including its many daily visitors.

Art Park Founder Dorothy Riester Welding in her studio c.1950s

Resident Artist

The position of Resident Artist is primarily a studio rental arrangement with some possibility for collaboration (when it meets the programmatic goals/artistic direction of the Art Park). This position is best suited to a local artist interested in long-term relationship with the Art Park. The Resident Artist pays the Art Park a monthly fee to lease the Hilltop Studio. Leases are renewed yearly and cannot be renewed more than five consecutive years. This studio comes unfurnished and the Resident Artist provides his or her own equipment and materials. The Resident Artist is available to engage with visitors on site but works independently on his or her own projects and programs and is not endorsed or supported by the Art Park. Ideally the Resident Artist is working in or interested in working in the realm of outdoor installation art, but this is not a requirement. If the artist wishes to install a piece of work on the Art Park’s property he or she must do so with the full approval of the Acquisitions Committee and Executive Director. 


Applications are not being accepted at this time.

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Installing Dorothy's sculpture for the NYS Fair

Temporary Sculpture Loans

The Art Park’s founder Dorothy Riester recognized that it can be difficult for artists creating outdoor sculptures to find places with the capacity to showcase large-scale artworks. Dorothy saw the Art Park’s rural setting and ample acreage as an ideal location and backdrop for outdoor sculpture. With that principle in mind, the Art Park offers artists the opportunity to display their work as part of the Art Park’s temporary collection for a period of 2-3 years. Works can be available for sale or simply for display. The Art Park provides installation, insurance coverage, signage, and listing on the park’s trail map, website, and Field Guides for the duration of the loan. The Art Park will also work with artists to facilitate loans and installations of their work to other organizations in the Central New York region. 


Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. 

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Dorothy interacting with dancers during an event at her home (prior to its incorporation as the Art Park)

Affiliated Artists

Affiliated Artists can apply to rent studio, lodging, and/or outdoor space at the Art Park for one day up to three weeks. Space is made available at a low cost to provide artists the time and space needed to work on an artistic endeavor. Endeavors can range from performance pieces or a pop-up event to a space to write, paint, weld etc. This opportunity is available to artists of any skill, background, and medium; it is not restricted to outdoor sculptors. This opportunity is intended to serve artists, site use for weddings, private parties, meetings, or retreats can be found on the site rentals page


Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for the following spaces.


Artist lodge

The Artist Lodge offers four private bedrooms (each with two beds, dresser, and desk) that can sleep up to two people each as well as a full and half bath and common living/kitchen spaces.


Starting at $35/day or $125/week per person


Art Barn

The Art Barn is an open, collaborative studio space with access to welding equipment, kilns, and some woodworking equipment.


Starting at $35/day or $125/week per person


Hilltop House

The Historic Hilltop House offers a quiet, inspirational space for writers or composers. 


Starting at $35/day or $125/week per person


Indoor Gallery

The John and Virginia Memorial Gallery is available between exhibitions for artists looking for a space to hold a temporary exhibition, photograph their work, or have a pop-up event.


Starting at $35/day or $125/week


Outdoor areas

Any space located on the grounds of the Art Park that you feel is conducive to your particular project or performance can be reserved for your use upon approval of the Art Park staff.


Starting at $10/day or $50/week per person 


*Artists supporting artists: proceeds from the rental of these spaces go toward the support of artist stipends for the Fellowship and Exhibiting Artist programs.


**Prices may vary depending on the number of people, time of year, and type of use. Special rates available for artist collectives and small groups please contact the office with questions (315) 655-3196


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Artists learn to pit fire pottery (Dorothy is second from the right, seated)

Artist-Led Workshops

Artists, artisans, or educators can host their workshop, class, or retreat at the Art Park.  Various facilities are available to these artists based the nature of the workshop facilities include the Hilltop House library,  Art Barn, Workshop Space, Community Space, or outdoor space. Teaching artists set their own registration fees and handle their own marketing with complimentary listings on the Art Parks website, e-newsletter, and Facebook page. Teaching artists retain 70% of the workshop registration fees and are offered free lodging in the Artist Lodge for the duration of their workshops. Lodge use by workshop participants is available (for up to 8), the cost will be negotiated as part of the workshop registration fee.


Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. You must provide a six week lead time from the date of your application to the date of your workshop.


View examples of artist-led workshops on the workshops page.

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Sketches for a sculptural Art Park logo

Artist Fellowship

This residency opportunity provides artists the time and resources needed to embed themselves in the landscape and community of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Fellowships are for two years period. During the two years, artists have a bank of time they can spend on site at the Art Park. Artists must commit to spending a minimum of six weeks (doesn’t have to be consecutive) but can choose to spend more time depending on their project needs. This residency provides a $2,000 minimum stipend per year with the requirement that artists are working on a project that serves a programmatic or infrastructural need of the Art Park. In addition to their residency project Fellows must work with Art Park staff to identify and connect with a community organization to complete an educational outreach project. The position of the Artist Fellowship is best suited for a regional or national artist who can easily travel to and from the Art Park.


Learn more about past and current Fellowship projects on the Collections page.


The application deadline is October 1st for Fellowships beginning the following year.

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Sylvia Benitez installing "Woven VanWinkle", 1999

Outdoor Exhibiting Artist Residency

Outdoor Exhibiting Artists may be emerging or established, but must be able to demonstrate an ability to work in the realm of outdoor sculpture/installation art. Outdoor Exhibiting Artists create/install a site-specific piece of artwork and coordinate with Art Park staff to implement a public event around the exhibition of their work. Artists have minimal creative restrictions (they must consult on the location and method of installation for their piece). Artists have the option of removing their piece from the Art Park after one year. If artists decide to leave their installations, they become a part of the Art Park’s temporary collection to be removed or maintained at the discretion of the Art Park. The position of Outdoor Exhibiting Artist is highly competitive and well suited to local, regional, national, and international artists. The Art Park attempts to bring on a cohort of Landscape Artists for a collaborative outdoor exhibition in June, but will occasionally accept Outdoor Exhibiting Artists for a fall or winter project as well.


Learn more about past artists on the Collections page


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until October 1st for residencies the following year.

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Juried Gallery Exhibitions

Audience, Dorothy Riester, 1963, Collection of the Everson Museum of Art

Art Park Members Exhibition

The 2017 Member's Exhibition is titled Foundation, in celebration of the integral role Art Park members play in supporting, sustaining, and growing the arts in their community.


The Art Park hosts an Art Park Members exhibition every September-October. Artists must be a member of the Art Park to apply. The goal of this program is to showcase the talent of the Art Park's membership.


Artists of any age, or ability, creating original works of art within the last two years are encouraged to apply. If awarded, artwork must be suitable for installation and must not exceed 60″ in any firm dimension. Two-dimensional works must not weigh more than 40 lbs., including frame and must be ready to hang with the appropriate attached hardware. Three-dimensional works weighing over 80 lbs. must have a base that can be rolled or composed of elements that can be easily moved. Digital and non-traditional media will be considered.

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2017 National Juried Exhibition: In-Habit: Practice and Place

The Art Park hosts a National Juried exhibition every July. This program brings art from all across the country to the Central new York audience. 


Artists creating work within the last two years are encouraged to apply. If awarded, artwork must be suitable for installation and must not exceed 60″ in any firm dimension. Two-dimensional works must not weigh more than 40 lbs., including frame and must be ready to hang with the appropriate attached hardware. Three-dimensional works weighing over 80 lbs. must have a base that can be rolled or composed of elements that can be easily moved. Digital and non-traditional media will be considered.

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Emerging Artist Exhibition

The Art Park hosts an emerging artists exhibition every May. The goal of this program is to provide emerging artists an opportunity to gain experience exhibiting work in a professional setting while gaining the visibility of a broad audience. 


Artists creating original works of art within the last two years are encouraged to apply. If awarded, artwork must be suitable for installation and must not exceed 60″ in any firm dimension. Two-dimensional works must not weigh more than 40 lbs., including frame and must be ready to hang with the appropriate attached hardware. Three-dimensional works weighing over 80 lbs. must have a base that can be rolled or composed of elements that can be easily moved. Digital and non-traditional media will be considered.

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