Fallingwater has always been a place for inspired thinking. When Edgar Kaufmann, jr. donated Fallingwater and over 1,500 acres surrounding it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) in 1963, he envisioned Fallingwater not only as a place where visitors would come to experience great architecture, but also as a place where a deeper experience of art and nature might occur. In a letter dated October 14, 1963, Kaufmann said, “This gift is made in memory of my parents, Liliane S. and Edgar J. Kaufmann; their wish, in which I join, was that the great natural beauty and architectural excellence of the property which they developed might be more fully available to interested scholars and lovers of nature and the arts.”
Each year, Fallingwater Institute honors the vision of Edgar Kaufmann, jr. by welcoming visiting artists/scholars of exceptional talent to live, study, and work on our historic site located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Laurel Highlands.
Fallingwater Institute residency program welcomes applications from exceptional scholars, visual artists (all media), musicians, composers, and writers who create original work. Preference is given to residency proposals that relate directly to Fallingwater, its setting and engage the visiting public. Resident artists and scholars benefit from a place to concentrate while finishing works-in-progress, making a big push toward the completion of a project, beginning a new body of work or collaborating with colleagues.
- Access to Fallingwater and Bear Run Nature Reserve
- On-site housing (Please note, housing is available only for the artist or scholar and does not include family members or colleagues).
- 24 hour studio access (Please note, Fallingwater does not have a digital media lab. All digital equipment must be provided by the artist).
- A stocked pantry
- Final event, installation or presentation
Resident opportunities are available to emerging and established artists and scholars who have demonstrated a strong professional work history. Students are not eligible. Both national and international applicants are accepted. Collaborations are welcome.
The online application requires the following information:
- Artist Statement and/or Research Statement: Please describe your past work as well as what you intend to achieve while in residence at Fallingwater. No more than two pages in length, size 12 font with standard, one-inch margins.
- Work Samples: Please submit up to three work samples, not more. You may be invited to submit additional samples upon review of your application. The online form will accept pdf, doc, docx, png, gif, jpg, and jpeg.
- Biographical Statement: No more than one page in length, size 12 font with standards one-inch margins.
- Preferred Residency Dates: Suggest three possible dates.
COVID-19 Update: For the safety of students and staff, all participants in on-site residencies must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the Centers of Disease Control, during the application process. All students and staff will adhere to the current WPC COVID-19 safety requirements, which will be provided to participants in advance of the course.