Main Street Arts is an art gallery in Clifton Springs, NY showcasing contemporary art and fine craft from Upstate New York artists and beyond. This 3,600 square foot space has two floors offering exhibitions, workshops, and an artist residency program.
The residency program is now in its third year with former artists in residence from around the country! If you are interested in becoming an artist in residence we encourage you to apply!
Artists 18 years or older living in the United States.
Residencies are available in one or two month blocks.
Yes, the residency program is open year-round.
$200 for one month or $350 for two months.
Artists can apply as frequently as desired, but can only be awarded
a residency once per year.
You will need to supply you name, current email address, website (if applicable), which month(s) you are applying for, a statement of intent for your time at the residency, samples of your work with descriptions, your resume/CV, and if you will need housing during your residency.
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Residents are selected by gallery staff based on the quality of their work and their goals for the residency/proposed residency projects.
Bring any art supplies you’ll need for the residency. The closest
art supply store is a Michael’s in Canandaigua, about a 15-minute
drive from the gallery. Rochester Art Supply (35 minute drive), located in Rochester, offers finer materials and more selection.
Studios spaces include easels, one large table, a drop cloth, a side table, and a two-tiered wire shelf.
Residents can also use:
• Electric Kiln–Amaco (Model: AH 25 SF) 7 cubic feet, front-loading
• Electric potters wheel
• Printing press (Jack Richeson & Co. 23” Large Press)
Each studio is approximately 200 square feet. The studios have large windows that let in natural light. There is also adjustable track lighting.
Residents are given a key to the building and will have 24-hour access to their studio.
Residents are encouraged to teach workshops in the gallery (with a 50/50 revenue split after material costs). If you are interested in teaching a workshop, include it in the designated spot in the application process. The gallery will promote these workshops to our visitors and mailing list. Workshops are not guaranteed to run.
Clifton Springs is a historic, Victorian-era village in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. The village of Clifton Springs was founded from the sulphur springs running through the downtown area. These springs were thought to have healing properties, and thousands of visitors traveled to Clifton Springs
for its “water cure”.
Modern day Clifton Springs is a small but flourishing village with eateries, shops, parks, and more. The village is a peaceful place to focus on yourself and your artwork. The gallery is 35 minutes from downtown Rochester where you can visit many other galleries and cultural institutions, or just enjoy a fun night out!
Yes, students are encouraged to apply!
No. However, if there are extenuating circumstances you can
discuss alternative arrangements with the gallery.
While the village is small and walkable, a car is recommended.
Clifton Springs does not have widespread public transportation
and residents will need a car to get to nearby points of interest.