The Watermill Center Announces 2022 Artists-in-Residence Program

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The Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, announced today that it has awarded residencies and fellowships to twenty-one artists from France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Taiwan, and Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The artists participating in The Center’s Artist Residency Program, Inga Maren Otto Fellowship, and the newly announced Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship, are provided with the time and space to exercise creative freedom in the development of their practice.

“The year ahead is an exciting moment for The Watermill Center,” shares Managing Director Elise Herget. “2022 is the first time since February 2020 that we are back at full capacity, and we are using this opportunity to further expand our commitment to supporting our community of artists. With the launch of the Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship, our continuing partnerships, and our ongoing support of a growing alumni base, we are committed to providing artists with the time, space, and freedom they need to develop their work, at whatever stage of their career they happen to be.”

Artists-in-Residence include: visual artist Ville Andersson, multidisciplinary artist Kader Attia, musician Eli Berman, sculptor Brian Block, architect Marie de Testa, artist collective For Freedoms, interdisciplinary performer Nile Harris, interdisciplinary artist Joyce Ho, author Amanda Johnston, performance collective KOR’SIA, composer Adam Lenz and dancer Miki Orihara, multidisciplinary artist Maria Louizou, pianist Nicoletta Favari and percussionist Christopher Salvito of Passepartout Duo, performance scholar Matthew Randle-Bent, writer Helen Betya Rubinstein, conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, multidisciplinary artist STUDIOTASSY, dancer and educator Ogemdi Ude, and choreographer Netta Yerushalmy.

Tassy Thompson, Lys Klår ©Maria Baranova

In addition to the Artist Residency Program, The Center has two fellowships that further support the work and creative processes of its Artists-in-Residence. The Inga Maren Otto Fellowship, created with a generous gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, has been awarded to Ville Andersson, Kader Attia, and For Freedoms & Hank Willis Thomas. The Fellowship provides support for outstanding visual artists who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability.

The inaugural Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship for the Performing Arts, founded by Nina Maria Arts & Culture Foundation, supports the work of emerging and established artists working in the fields of performance, music, and dance. The first recipients of this prestigious award are Nile Harris, Joyce Ho, and KOR’SIA.

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The Watermill Center’s residency partners include The Parrish Art Museum, who will present the work of For Freedoms & Hank Willis Thomas for their summer Platform series, and YoungArts: The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists, who support a residency at The Center each year for one YoungArts alumnus, this year awarded to Eli Berman, who will receive additional guidance and mentorship from Watermill’s network of international artists.

“Our partnerships are one way we help support the artists during their stay at The Center, and the life of their work once they leave,” says Herget. “Supporting our alumni is vital to our mission. Whether through offering them use of our non-profit status through our fiscal sponsorship program or by offering them week-long retreats for research and development, we’re constantly seeking new ways to support our growing family of artists.”

In 2022, The Center will see several alumni artists return for the Artist Residency Program, including former Artists-in-Residence Ville Andersson, Adam Lenz, and Netta Yerushalmy. Additionally, Marie de Testa, Nile Harris, Maria Louizou, and Studio Tassy are all artists who have participated in Watermill’s International Summer Program and will be in residence at The Center for the first time.

“The Watermill Center has become a creative home for me,” shares composer Adam Lenz. “I have been visiting the site for nearly a decade to collaborate with Bob and other artists, as well as to support the activities at The Center. Coming to The Watermill Center was the first time I felt like I was part of a community of artists. It is really meaningful to return this year to develop this project at a place that has been a major part of my creative development.”

For more information about The Watermill Center, its Artists-in-Residence, and its upcoming public programs, visit


(Photo credits in this feature: “Fill It With Air, Call It Self Care” by Nile Harris – photo copyright Tij Doyen, courtesy the artist & The Watermill Center;”As quiet as a cloud floating across the desert sky” by Ville Andersson, courtesy the artist & The Watermill Center;”Fuzzy Synth” by Passepartout Duo, photo copyright Nicoletta Favari, courtesy the artist & The Watermill Center;Ogemdi Ude, photo copyright Sydney King, courtesy the artist & The Watermill Center; “Lys Skar II” by STUDIOTASSY, photo copyright Maria Baranova-Suzuki, courtesy the artist & The Watermill Center;The Watermill Center, photo copyright Kristian Kruuser;The Watermill Center, photo copyright Lovis Ostenrik;The Watermill Center, photo copyright Lovis Ostenrik;The Watermill Center, photo copyright Maria Baranova-Suzuki)