Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works

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In the spirit of its namesake, the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency will offer artists the time, space and opportunity to take risks, create new work and engage in meaningful dialogue with other residents.

Learn More + Support the Residency

Collar Works is raising funds to support our programming, including the residency.

Download our brochure to learn more about our history and the pilot residency program.

For special gifts, please contact Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director.

Elizabeth Murray in her studio, Spring 1991. Photo Brigitte Lacombe © The Murray-Holman Family Trust

Elizabeth Murray in her studio, Spring 1991. Photo Brigitte Lacombe © The Murray-Holman Family Trust

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Residency Formation + History

For more than two decades, Elizabeth Murray and her husband Bob Holman, together with their daughters Sophie and Daisy, split their time between a TriBeCa loft and a classic farmhouse in Washington County, New York. Murray, who passed away in 2007, was a groundbreaking artist. Her many honors include a Skowhegan Medal in Painting in 1986, a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1999 and a career retrospective at MoMA in 2005. Holman, a poet and arts activist, founded the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002 and produced the PBS series The United States of Poetry.

In 2017, the Murray-Holman family partnered with Collar Works to design a summer residency program for visual artists.

With its 77 acres of bucolic farmland, multiple bedrooms, common areas and barn bays suitable for artist studios, the farm is an ideal residency location. For many years, the farm served as both a summer home for the Murray-Holmans and a creative retreat for Elizabeth, whose studio was located in the large, cathedral-like dairy barn. Given the history, location and amenities, the family felt that the creative use of the property and its natural surroundings would carry on Elizabeth Murray’s legacy.

After several months of planning and organizing, Collar Works successfully launched its pilot residency in 2018 with 20 artists, and is now seeking funds to support future years of programming.

Dedicated to supporting the legacy of Elizabeth Murray, the Collar Works team believes there is a kindred connection between its mission and what Murray’s story symbolizes to artists on the periphery of the zeitgeist, to those who are artists as well as parents and to individuals who overcome adversity to achieve their vision.

Download the brochure to learn more about Collar Works and the pilot year of the residency.

Residency FAQ

Is The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency open year-round?
No, EMAR is currently only open five weeks out of the year, during the summer dates of July 1 – August 3, 2019.

Are the studios private?
The studios at EMAR are semi-private. They are located in a hay loft of a former dairy barn, the same barn where Elizabeth Murray made her iconic paintings. They are each equipped with a six-foot table, a chair, three walls and a privacy curtain at the entrance. Studios are all the same size: roughly 8 x 10 feet. The studios are not air-conditioned but are designed for air flow with large industrial fans and windows.

Does EMAR provide supplies?
EMAR does not provide supplies, and artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies. However, proper waste disposals and fire-safe containers are provided.

Are the days structured?
Days are not structured at EMAR, but residents are asked to respect quiet hours between 6am – 4pm, and resuming at 10pm – 6am.  Family-style dinners are provided Sunday through Friday evening at 6pm, which we encourage all artists to participate in. Friday afternoons we host a BBQ where a guest curator is invited to engage with artists. Collar Works administrators and their families may be present at times. Artists are responsible for their own meals on Saturdays.

Does EMAR accommodate family or pets?
Currently the EMAR schedules weeks 1-4 for individual artists only. Week 5 is dedicated to artists with families only. We are sorry but we can not accommodate pets.

Are meals provided?
EMAR provides family-style dinners for the artists Sunday – Friday at 6pm. Breakfast and dinner are on your own, with some kitchen staples provided. There is a grocery store in the town of Granville, 10 miles from the residency.

Are there amenities nearby?
The nearest town to the residency is Granville. It has a library, grocery store, small hardware store, pharmacy, gas station and restaurants. It is about 10 miles from the residency.

Is there an art supply store nearby?
The nearest art supply store to the residency is in Albany, about 1.25 hours away by car. There is a hardware store in the town of Granville, 10 miles from the residency.

What are the accommodations like?
Residents stay in the farmhouse and former summer home of Elizabeth Murray and her family. Each artist is assigned to their own private room. There are two shared bathrooms in house, each with a shower. The kitchen, dining room, living room and library are shared spaces. Bedrooms are not air-conditioned, but is designed for continual airflow through several windows and fans throughout the house. On extreme heat days, we will air condition some common spaces.  Outside amenities include a pool, fishing pond and 77 acres of fields, meadows and streams.

What is the EMAR Library?
EMAR has a room in the farmhouse dedicated to the late Elizabeth Murray’s art book collection. The collection consists of over 500 books of artists and writers she admired. These books are available to the residents during their stay.

Are there nature trails nearby?
Yes. There are several nature and hiking trails within a short drive of the farm.  We advise that artists bring “Deep Woods” bug repellent and sunscreen.  It is a rural area. There are ticks and mosquitos.

Are there medical facilities nearby?
The closest emergency room/hospital is in Glens Falls, a 45 minute drive from the farm. There is a doctor’s office in Granville that is open regular business hours by appointment.

What is phone/cell service like?
There is a land line available for artists to use for emergencies. Cellular service is either spotty or non-existent, and is unreliable onsite.  You can get good cell service in Granville, 10 miles from the farm.

Is there internet?
Yes, there is basic internet available in the house to artists in residence.  There is a shared computer in the library. Currently, there is not any internet in the barn or studios.

Can EMAR accommodate special needs?
Applicants to EMAR should be aware that there are no medical facilities or medical personnel on site. Applicants with special needs should contact the Executive Director before applying.

Are there any other policies I should know?
The use or possession of illegal drugs in prohibited at EMAR. Collar Works Organization reserves the right to end a guest’s visit when responsible officials judge it necessary to do so for the good of the community.

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