How do you get to Alfred?

By car, Alfred is accessible from east/west Route 17/Interstate 86, the Southern Tier Expressway, via exit 33, Almond, as well as from the north by Routes 390, 15, 16, 19, 21, and 36. The Shortline/Coach USA Bus Company services Alfred three times daily from New York City with transfers to all major cities.

Are my travel expenses covered?

Please see individual residencies for specifics travel coverage.

I am part of an artist duo/team/group, can we apply as a group?

Yes. Please submit contact information and a resume for each person in the group. Please only submit one project proposal, and if you often work as a team then you only need to submit one artist statement to represent the group as well. For groups larger than two we may need to work out lodging, which we address on a case-by-case basis.

Can I bring my kids?

Our studio is not an ideal environment for kids so please make arrangements for them while you are with us.

I am a student enrolled in a BFA or MFA program. Can I apply?

No, we unfortunately cannot accept applications from students who will be enrolled in any school during the residency calendar year. Please apply once you are out of school.

When and how are residencies scheduled?

Scheduling begins after we have contacted the invited artists, generally a month after the application closing date. We will endeavor to accommodate your preference of scheduling. 


My primary practice is not in electronic art, can I apply if I have a project which would involve electronic art facilities?

Yes, we encourage experimental practices and enjoy having artists outside of the fields of electronic arts. Additionally, we enjoy working with scientists and other researchers who feel they can use our facilities to advance their research and would also like to experiment in art making. Our technical staff will assist you in using our tools to produce your work, however we expect a working knowledge of the facilities and tools you wish to use. You may wish to consider collaborative projects (example: you apply as a collaborative duo – microbiologist and video artist) which should be acknowledged in your proposal.

The IEA residency provides opportunity for artists to engage experimental projects and does not operate as a service bureau. Applications simply requesting access to make prints of paintings and photos will typically be rejected. We like to support work which uses the facilities in dynamic ways, working across multiple processes to produce unique material or resources that one would not be able to achieve by simply visiting a printing press or media studio.


I noticed the IEA is affiliated with the School of Art and Design of the NYSCC at Alfred University. Do I have to include any interaction with the students in my project? Am I allowed to do so?

The residency is an opportunity for artists to experiment and generate new content. We ask that residents at the IEA do interact with the Alfred and/or western New York community (past examples: lecture/artist talk, focused workshop, or an alternative event).


I have had a residency at the IEA in the past, am I allowed to apply again for the current call for applications?

Yes, we ask residents wait two years since their residency before applying again. The IEA is constantly changing, adding new equipment, software, tools, etc. and we also know that artists who have had residencies in the past are also constantly changing, gaining new ideas, adding new skills to their skill set. It is always exciting to work with our past artists who come with new ideas and new projects.


I am an artist living outside of the areas your current call(s) specifies in the outline. Can I still apply?

The IEA currently runs two residency programs, one offered exclusively to New York State residents and the other to national and international residents. Please check the specifics of each program before applying.