ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS AND THE RESIDENCY PERIOD…
Where are fellows housed?
During the residency period, fellows are housed at Hummingbird Hill, the guest house of the Wildcat Fellowship Program. Hummingbird Hill is a cozily furnished three-BR pre-fab nestled at the base of Wildcat Mountain in Claryville, a quiet, picturesque hamlet in the town of Denning on the border of Sullivan and Ulster counties about 2-1/2 hours from New York, within the Catskill Forest Preserve. This is a semi-wilderness region, home to deer, foxes, and the occasional bear, where the firemen’s breakfasts are a major social event. The Hummingbird-Hill amenities are basic. They include a washer and drier, a separate garage, bed linens and blankets, towels, cooking utensils, a radio, a toaster, and a simple outdoor grill.
May a local artist apply for a Wildcat Fellowship?
All artists are welcome to apply. The jury considers all applications impartially.
However, not all benefits will be useful to an artist whose home is in the Southern Catskills. For instance, the two-week residency in the guest house may not be needed or wanted by an artist who lives nearby. The benefits are not transferable. And, if a local artist receives a Wildcat Fellowship, the unneeded benefits are not replaced with an equivalent increase in the cash stipend.
May a fellow bring spouse and children?
Yes, providing their presence does not interfere with the fellow’s ability to execute the proposed project. The guest house sleeps five.
May a fellow bring a pet?
Perhaps. If you receive a fellowship, we will talk about your pet. Please do not base your application upon the assumption that your pet may stay with you in the guest house. Simply put, it depends on the pet.
Is the length of the fellowship period fixed, or may a fellow negotiate, taking into account the competing claims of job, family, and other professional commitments?
A fellow may negotiate a staggered residency–one composed of two non-contiguous weeks, for instance. However, the residency will not be awarded for a series of weekends through the summer. And the fellow is expected to complete the project during the summer, even if return visits to Claryville are required. Return visits are negotiated.
Does the guest house have a good Internet connection?
No. If your e-mail server supports dial-up to a local number, you may go online from the guest house. Or you may negotiate some Internet access through the curator’s computer. There is wi-fi at the Daniel Pierce Library in Granamsville and at several local eateries.
How many bars of cell-phone connection can I get in Claryville?
None at the guest-house or on the Wildcat property. On top of the surrounding mountains, you can usually get a goodly number of bars. On a drive to the larger nearby villages, like Liberty and Ellenville, you will find that cell-phone service kicks in, with a varying number of bars.
How is the cable-TV reception?
Terrible. There is no broadcast TV reception in the guest-house or at the main house. There is a DVD player in the guest house, and there is a large monitor. So a fellow who likes to kick back and watch a movie after dinner should bring plenty of DVDs with him or her. Or rely on the eccentric collection of the Wildcat Fellowship Program.
Does a fellow need a car?
Not necessarily. A fellow who is a licensed driver may freely borrow the director’s car once in residence. He or she may also use the ancient bicycles in the WFP’s collection. However, a prospective fellow needs to bear in mind that bus service from, say, New York City to Liberty or Monticello (near Claryville) is far from cheap. It is possible to carry only so much baggage on the bus. If a fellow wants to load in art supplies, a computer, his or her own bicycle, groceries, and so on, the fellow would be responsible for making other arrangements if he or she does not own a car or truck.
Does the fellowship program feed its fellows?
Only on designated special occasions. The stipend should find a fellow modestly in groceries. The guest house has a full kitchen, with a late-model stove and refrigerator. If a fellow does not want to prepare meals, we recommend the pizza, sandwiches, and more elaborate meals available at the Eureka Cafe or the Blue Hill Lodge.
ABOUT BECOMING A WILDCAT SUPPORTER…
We would like to support the Wildcat Fellowship Program with a tax-deductible contribution. Are you a 501-3c?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer you tax deductibility at this time. If you would like to make a financial contribution without deductibility, we would be honored to accept your gift. In addition, we suggest that you consider an in-kind contribution. For instance, we would welcome your gift of time as a helper at our events. Perhaps you would like to lend an artist-in-residence your car. Or perhaps a group of which you are a member would like to participate in our workshop-and-retreat program for paying guests.