Fallingwater has always been a place for inspired thinking. When Edgar Kaufmann, jr. donated Fallingwater and surrounding property 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’s residency program welcomes applications from exceptional scholars, visual artists (all media), performers, creatives and professionals 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.
- Exceptional access to Fallingwater and Bear Run Nature Reserve
- On-site housing (Housing is available only for the artist or scholar and does not include family members or colleagues)
- 24 hour studio access (Fallingwater does not have a digital media lab.)
- A stocked pantry, meals
- Transportation to/from Fallingwater
- Final residency outcome such as an exhibition, installation, performance, workshop, lecture, publication, etc.
To learn more about becoming a resident at Fallingwater Institute, see the application section below or contact Ashley Andrykovitch at email@example.com.
Resident opportunities are available to emerging and established artists, scholars, creatives and professionals who have demonstrated a strong 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 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 and includes instructions for submitting alternate file types.
- Biographical Statement: No more than one page in length, size 12 font with standard one-inch margins.
- Preferred Residency Dates: Suggest three possible dates.
Questions? Contact Ashley Andrykovitch, curator of education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Jameelah Platt
- 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Jen Maidment
- 2022 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Ashley Paine
- 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Juliette Blatter
- 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Luftwerk
- 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Sara Greenberger Rafferty
- 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Patrick Marold
- 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Emma Baiada
- 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Nicolas Snyder
- 2021 Scholar-in-Residence, Jaime Inostroza
- 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Stephen Towns
- 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Ron Donoughe
- 2020 Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Barry Kerzin
- 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Charles Lutz
- 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Arna Otarsdottir
- 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Gudmundur Thoroddsen
- 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Ivan Chow
- 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Luisa Lambri
- 2018 Scholar-in-Residence, Gjoko Muratovski
- 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Jessi Reaves
- 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Andrew Pielage
- 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Nicole Eisenman
- 2005 Artist-in-Residence, Felix de la Concha
- 1963 Scholar-in-Residence, Roger Tory Peterson
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.