The Watermill Center International Summer Program


The Watermill Center (Water Mill, NY)

Since 1992, The Watermill Center has hosted the International Summer Program, uniting over 80 artists from more than 25 countries for a five-week creative intensive. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to work with established professionals in the international arts world; to forge an international community of artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; and to investigate what it means to be a “global artist.”

Summer Program participants receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: lectures on the arts and humanities led by international cultural luminaries; opportunities to propose and develop work for public presentation during The Annual Summer Benefit & Auction and Discover Watermill Day; 20,000 square feet of multi-purpose interiors and outdoor stages; a theater production archive; The Watermill Center Study Library; The Watermill Center Collection; and ten acres of landscaped grounds and sculpture gardens. Participants also have an opportunity to work with Artistic Director, Robert Wilson and participate in early staging rehearsals as well as take part in research and design workshops with his collaborators.

The International Summer Program is focused on collaboration and building an artistic community. Every participant contributes to the development of site-specific works, performing arts and design workshops, as well as attending lectures and taking part in landscaping, construction and design projects. Artists apply as individuals and participate in all aspects of programmed projects and activities.

The first half of the Summer Program builds toward The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction, which includes the creation of site-specific outdoor art installations conceived by guest artists and select summer participants. During the second half of the program which includes Discover Watermill Day, our annual open house, all participants are invited to take part in table and staging workshops with Robert Wilson and collaborators from upcoming international productions.

An artist works differently in an environment that he or she has helped to create and maintain. All participants share in the responsibilities of daily life, including: housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, and maintaining Watermill’s grounds and gardens. Daily physical labor*, both indoors and outdoors, including landscaping and construction of art installations, is an integral part of the Summer Program. Throughout the entire summer, all participants share in the work, both creative and physical, on a rigorous schedule under the direction of Robert Wilson and a professional staff.

*for artists with physical disabilities, please visit our FAQ under “Program Activities” for information on how you can participate in the Summer Program outside of physical labor

Applications for the 2020 Summer Program are open from November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.
The 2020 Summer Program will run from July 13, 2020 – August 15, 2020.

  • Applications are accepted through the online portal, SlideRoom at – We do not accept application submissions outside of SlideRoom.
  • SlideRoom will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples).
  • There is a $10 USD fee per proposal that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website.
  • Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. With many applicants waiting until the last minute to submit their applications, there can be technical difficulties on the day of the deadline. We don’t want you to miss the ability to submit your application because of this or any other unforeseen issue.
  • We do not accept late applications. There will be no extension on the deadline.
  • Applicants will be notified on the status of their application by late April. Acceptance and rejection notifications are sent at the same time.

For all technical questions or issues pertaining to work sample uploads, payment issues, trouble submitting, or login problems, please email [email protected]

For all questions regarding the Summer Program or the application process, please first refer to our FAQ. If you’re unable to find the relevant information, then email us at [email protected]

photo copyright Chloé Bellemère

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Nov 1st 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Jan 31st 2020, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists