June 2018

Interested in a new and exciting studio space with no long term commitment?

Want to be inspired by other creatives in the Rochester Community? 

The Yards Collaborative Residency was founded in 2013 and truly represents the core of our mission. The Yards Residency is a month long program geared towards emerging artists interested in collaborative and creative endeavors. This residency is unlike others in that collaboration remains at the heart of the program, whether it be physically making something with another artist, or being inspired by the work of others within the space.

The residency hosts up to 6 artists at a time in the Aqua Room gallery space or in studio space if applicable. Meanwhile within The Yards there will be 6 to 7 artists with permanent studios, our studio renters are a wonderful resource to bounce ideas by or discuss current art trends. Some past residents include a wide variety of mediums from painters, to sculptors, fiber artists, musicians, and performance artists. Over the month we encourage artists to develop a body of work, however a completed product is not the goal of this program. We hope that artists will explore and develop their practice. At the close of the residency session, artists have the option to participate in the First Friday exhibit of the following month.

Residents will have 24-hour access to the space, and the wood shop is available for use by appointment. The program offers guest critics from well known institutions, along with studio and gallery visits within the Rochester area. Our residency also hosts a public critique and at least one workshop or panel discussion. We highly encourage residents to interact, engage and develop connections within the rich community The Yards has to offer. We hope that this program is educational, inspiring, and creates a network for further artistic development.

Check out our former resident Emily Harper 's blog post from the January 2017 program.

Please fill out the application below!

Name *
What do you want to get out of the YARDS Residency?
Please be specific
Table, wall space, etc.
Day vs night
15 hour minimum & must be available for open studio Saturdays from 10am-2pm
Please explain why this is important to your goals


Must be committed to spending a minimum of 15 hours per a week at The YARDS. Also must be available to be in house during the open studio hours on Saturdays from 10AM- 2PM. Social Media presence is highly encouraged, guest residents will have spotlights on IG and Facebook.


We recommend that you seek sponsorship from friends,family and local businesses. There is a lot of support for The YARDS within the Rochester community. Don't hesitate to reach out! 


Applications must be submitted by April 30th and will be reviewed by The YARDS Collective. You will be informed of acceptance by May 5th, 2018.




    -Visual or Sound Materials (Website or 20 Images emailed to

    -Two character references with suggested letters of recommendation.