School of ART+DESIGN

Windgate Artist in Residence Program

Each semester, the School of Art+Design at Purchase College invites one artist in residence (AIR) in applied design. This program is intended to advance the careers of practicing artists, to prepare students as professional artists, and to strengthen awareness of the significance of applied design.

Resident artists are expected to develop a body of work while at Purchase and to be extensively involved in the education of Purchase students and the larger Purchase community. Residents must be established or emerging designer/makers of exceptional talent who exhibit strong communication skills. Specific involvement during the residency beyond each artist’s own work might include: guest lecturing in a master class, giving public lectures, providing mentorship, participating in exhibits, and working on community design.

The AIR program is specifically structured to expand upon the conservatory environment and collaborative atmosphere that is the cornerstone of the Purchase educational experience, providing students with the opportunity to observe an artist at work and to engage in dialogue with the artist in both the studio and classroom. Through public lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, the AIR program will expand on Purchase College’s mission to act as a public resource center for the exchange and exploration of ideas relative to our cultural and social environment.

Former resident artists include: Christine Enos, Francis Cape, R. Thomas Tedrowe Jr., John Rais, Fo Wilson, Wendy Maruyama, Brian Gladwell, Christine Lee, Yuri Kobayashi, Yoav Liberman, Vivian Beer, Brian Newell, BA Harrington, Mark Gardner, Beth Ireland, Michael Cullen, and Isabelle Moore.

Additional visiting lecturers and AIR program participants: Boris Bally, Tom Hucker, Daniel Wicke, Jon Brooks, Glenn Adamson, Jonathan Binzen, Richard Klein, Daniel Michalik, Rose Marie Gutierrez, Ben Blanc, Jenna Goldberg, Mira Nakashima, Jason Schneider, David Richardson, Rosanne Somerson, Don Miller, Matt Hutton, Jim Zivic, Steff Rocknak, Matthias Pliessnig, Tanya Aguinuga, Bruce Metcalf, Kristina Madsen, Silas Koph, Albert LeCoff, Michael Brolly, Kristin Muller, Jacques Vessery, Anna Kristina Goransson, and Jeffrey Bernett.

The AIR program is made possible in part through the generosity of the Windgate Foundation.


  • $18,000 stipend
  • 24/7 studio access
  • On-campus housing


  • Commit as a full-time resident for the specified period.
  • Provide all materials used during the residency.
  • Be accessible to Purchase students.
  • Produce a significant body of work.
  • Exhibit completed work.

Application Requirements

Residencies will be offered in 15-week blocks, corresponding to the fall/spring academic calendar. Selection criteria will include quality of current portfolio, potential for artistic and professional growth, technical skill, and ability to communicate with students in a studio environment. A successful application to the program must contain:

  • Completed Windgate AIR Application
  • Current CV
  • 20 images and corresponding contact sheet
  • Official documentation of the minimum professional educational requirement: MFA or commensurate professional experience
  • One-page statement of intent
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • $50 application fee

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Stephen Yusko lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He has worked as a studio artist for nearly 20 years, making forged and fabricated steel vessels, furniture and sculpture. Yusko received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Akron, Ohio, was the artist-in-residence at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Yusko has taught at several schools and universities, including Haystack School of Crafts (ME), Penland School of Crafts (NC), and Webster University (MO); and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Haystack School of Crafts. He has exhibited his work widely including the Metal Museum (TN) and the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) has been published in several books of contemporary metalwork, including 500 Metal Vessels by Lark Books. In 2011, Stephen Yusko was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, which is a grant funded through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. In 2013, Yusko received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.


School of Art+Design

Building on its respected tradition of producing successful members of the visual art community through a focused conservatory curriculum, the School of Art+Design offers a rich and unique educational experience to undergraduate and graduate students in five main areas—graphic design, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as video and time-based media. The available courses of study are supported by a campus environment that includes the world-class Neuberger Museum of Art —just next door to the Visual Arts Building. Students enjoy unparalleled access to its permanent collections in contemporary and African art and to a wide range of changing exhibitions. Both curators and exhibiting artists participate in the life of the school, amplifying the voices of an excellent faculty, all of whom are actively involved in the art world. Beyond the immediate campus, the cultural resources of New York City invite students to become engaged with their art and design disciplines through internships, field trips, and visits to studios, museums, and galleries.

The facilities of our 140,000-square-foot Visual Arts Building help make great work possible. The wood and metal fabrication studios are among the best equipped in the country and are further complemented with clay, glass, bronze, plastics, and finishing areas, creating an ideal environment for exploring and experimenting with object making in a variety of medias.

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