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Paul Jacob (Jake) is our current Artist-in-Residence.  Learn more about Jake and what he offers here.

Stony Point Center ( is excited to offer a 3-6 month Artist-in-Residence Volunteer Program to established and up-and-coming professional artists of all genres to make use of its new Art Space (including pottery, woodworking, painting and fiber arts studios). Stony Point Center believes that art is a critical tool to help people make the connections between that which grounds them spiritually and the work they are called to do in the world. We want to encourage art that nurtures the human spirit and the multifaith movement for peace, nonviolence and eco-social justice.

Stony Point Center is a 90 room retreat and conference center located 30 miles north of New York City, operated by the Presbyterian Church, USA, and home to the Community of Living Traditions. The CLT is an intentional community of Muslim, Jewish and Christian volunteers who help provide radical hospitality to the Center's guest groups, and work towards peace, nonviolence and eco-social justice in the wider community, and in the world. Our campus, in addition to the new Art Space, also offers a Meditation Space, a labyrinth, a social justice library, a fair-trade gift shop, and large vegetable gardens where sustainably-grown food is produced for our guests and ourselves.

The Artist-in-Residence is a volunteer position. Each person who serves in that volunteer role will be provided with free room and board. The Artist-in-Residence will have plenty of time (we imagine 25-30 hours a week) to continue developing their art using the Art Space and hopefully will be willing to allow visitors to watch the Artist-in-Residence engage in developing artworks. The Artist-in-Residence will also be permitted to sell their artwork in the Stony Point Center gift shop, if they wish. There is a local person to care for and fire items for us in the kiln(s) if the Artist-in-Residence is not a potter. Same goes for the tools in the woodworking studio. 

art space great room2In exchange the Artist-in-Residence agrees to:

  • facilitate informal open studio sessions with volunteers, staff and sojourners

  • teach specific guest groups as requested (compensation would be a per hour rate based on experience, number of participants, etc. to be determined before arrival, all arrangements and payments will be made directly between the individuals/groups and the artist)

  • teach classes to the wider community (compensation would be a per hour rate based on experience, number of participants, etc., all arrangements and payments will be made directly between the participants and the artist)

  • give at least one public forum about their art during their stay

  • help maintain the Art Space building, restock supplies (in collaboration with SPC), clean up with and after groups, organize open studio hours, give tours, and coordinate with outside Art Instructors.

The Artist-in-Residence is invited to:

  • attend the weekly volunteer meetings in which we focus on coordinating the Center's hospitality

  • greet guests in the Dining Room during meals

  • donate one piece of artwork to be sold by SPC to support the Art Space

  • work with SPC to display some of their artwork (under the Artist-in-Residence’s insurance) in the Art Space or elsewhere on campus during their stay

  • participate in Community of Living Traditions activities

  • have guests visit in accordance with SPC policy

If you have any questions, please email Stony Point Center Co-Director Kitty Ufford-Chase at

Online Application

Please fill out our online application here.

Please send any of the below that applies to you to the attention of Jane MacDonald at Stony Point Center, 17 Cricketown Rd. Stony Point NY (

  • Sample of artistic work in digital format. No need to send originals. Visual artists (painters, photographers, sculptors, etc.: JPEG files of 6 different works. JPEG files no larger than 300 dpi at 4x6 inches.

  • Videographers and performing artists (drama, dance etc.) video of 3 productions not to exceed 10 minutes total (web-based or DVD)

  • Performing artists (music, composers, etc.) CD of 3 compositions not to exceed 10 minutes total

  • Literary artists (writers, poets, etc.) 4 samples not more than 3 pages each.