THE WASSAIC PROJECT DESIGN FELLOWSHIP
THE WASSAIC PROJECT
Wassaic Project offers a graphic design fellowship to provide emerging professionals with an
opportunity to work with a growing arts organization. We are looking for candidates who are early in
their careers with an interest in artists and arts organizations and can thrive in a deadlinedriven
environment. The Fellow will work directly with the Design Director and Exhibitions and Programming
Coordinator to develop the identity and ephemera for the Wassaic Project’s 2016 season, will be
mentored in professional development and involved in all aspects of the design process, and is
expected to work independently to create high level work in both concept and execution.
Fellowship begins in February and lasts one year.
Compensation is $3,000 for the fellowship year.
The Fellow works remotely, meetings in the winter months at the Wassaic Project offices in Brooklyn,
plus one month available residency in Wassaic in the Summer
NonU.S. citizens must possess a valid work visa for the entire fellowship period.
Applicants must possess a graduate degree in graphic design.
Macintosh proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator software is required.
Interest in contemporary arts and current design and culture desired.
Successful applicants must have good communication and organizational skills and be able to meet
The Wassaic Project is an EOE/AA Employer.
Conceptualize the visual identity for the upcoming season.
Design promotional collateral including posters, postcards, exhibition graphics, print advertising, social
media and banner ads.
Create invitations for fundraisers, comment cards, and merchandise graphics.
Design a newsprint Summer Guide and a Festival Visitor’s Guide with corresponding mobile app.
The Wassaic Project Design Fellow receives benefits
that impact their immediate and longterm career:
● The opportunity to contribute their skills to a diverse and growing arts
organization.Introductions to and opportunities for significant collaboration and engagement
● Access to the Wassaic Project’s printmaking and wood shop facilities while in residence.
Copies of all the pieces you design. Credit as a Wassaic Project Design Fellow, including
ongoing recognition on the Wassaic Project website.
Please send a multipage PDF that includes the following:
A cover page that includes the following information:
Name, Email address, Address, URL, Phone number.
A cover letter that describes why you would like to be a Wassaic Project Design Fellow, and any past
experience that might contribute to your success.
A current CV.
An edited portfolio of up to 10 projects. Please include a descriptive caption with every image. If you
are submitting work that you did as part of a group, please indicate your role in the project in the
caption. If your work is time based, please include a link where your work can best be seen
(website/YouTube/Vimeo, etc). Please make sure that this link is active.
PDF should be no larger than 10MB.
Email your application materials to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Design Fellow Application 2016.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2016. Interviews will be held in midJanuary.
Please note: candidates under consideration will be contacted
by email. No phone calls, please.
ABOUT THE WASSAIC PROJECT
The Wassaic Project programs music, art, dance, and film at a level of excellence seldom available as
such an intimate experience. The buildings that the project occupies, a converted grain elevator
turned exhibition space, and an auction barn turned studio and workshop, are unique and historic.
In addition to producing excellent cultural programming, the Wassaic Project has become a constant
economic stimulus in the Wassaic and Dutchess County region. The artists and staff increase the
downtown population by 10%, and exhibitions and events bring a steady stream of visitors to the
hamlet while the Wassaic Project sustains a deep commitment to
the history of our buildings and townspeople, and the beauty of our location.
In the eight years the Wassaic Project has been operating, we have grown our annual summer festival
attendance from 500 to 5,000; developed an exhibitions and education program, started collaborating
with local school systems school year; and seamlessly integrated the Wassaic Project into the
community and architecture of Wassaic, NY. The Wassaic Project has created collaborative
programming with MASS MoCA, Recession Arts, the Invisible Dog, Galapagos Art Space, New
Amsterdam Records, The Aldrich Museum, Allegra Laviola Gallery, Columbia University, the New
School, and CUNY Hostos.
The Wassaic Project operates in conjunction with advisory committees for its art, music, dance, film,
and writing programs, working with luminaries in each field including Alanna Heiss (MoMA PS1),
Lucien Zayan (Invisible Dog), Liliana GreenfieldSanders (Sundance), and Earl Mosely (Earl Mosely
Institute of the Arts).
The Wassaic Project CoDirectors are Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino, and Jeff BarnettWinsby.