Application Open: Light Work Artist-in Residence Program

Light Work is excited to share the application for the 2022 Artist-in-Residence program. Don’t rely on a photo finish, get your submission in early before the July 1, 2021,11:59 p.m. ET application deadline! 

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP.  Our international residency program is open to all artists working in photography or image-based media, from any country. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, and so on. Artists are not obligated to lecture at our facility, though we hope that the artists are friendly and accessible to local artists and students. Work by each Artist-in-Residence becomes a part of the Light Work Collection and is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work.

“Everyone in the field of photography knows about Light Work. As an image-maker, I’ve been aware of it for about as long as I’ve owned a camera and, as an educator, I know colleagues who’ve either worked there or participated in the residency program. But I never truly understood what a resource it was until I arrived to begin my own residency. Ensconced in a great apartment, fixed with a bike, blocks from the lab with twenty-four-hour access—I couldn’t have been better supported. Everyone from the director to the lab assistants, each in their own way, was incredibly helpful. As a result, I was able to use each visit to focus on two distinct creative goals: the first, to prepare files for a book publication, and the second, to print for an upcoming show. I got a lot done and even learned some things that I will use in my practice for a long time. There’s no doubt Light Work is a very cool place. It has been a destination for artists for generations and I’m honored that I was invited to be part of that tradition.” — Paul D’Amato, AIR 2017

To apply for 2022 residency, visit and follow instructions. — DEADLINE: July 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Applications must be submitted by the posted deadline. Applicants will receive an e-mail from SlideRoom confirming that we have received an application. 

Questions about the facility may be directed to and questions about the application process or residency, including questions for accommodation, can be sent to For technical questions about applying on SlideRoom, please reference SlideRoom Support.