Squeaky Wheel offers the residency twice a year:

  • Spring session, two-weeks. Spring session, two-weeks. Applications open in early September for residency in March. Selected applicants receive $950 in artist fees and stipends. The Spring 2021 session offers up to $700 in financial assistance for child care and/or disability support. This session is open to local applicants only. Local is defined as people who can comfortably come to Squeaky Wheel on a daily basis. The purpose is to increase paid artist opportunities in Western New York.
  • Summer session, three-weeks. Applications open for a month-long period in early January, and the residency takes place in August. Selected applicants receive $1250 in artist fees and stipends. Non-local residents also receive funds toward their round trip travel to Buffalo and a place to stay. The Silo City resident will receive an additional $300 for a public performance at the end of their residency. If requested, the residency offers up to $1000 in financial assistance for child care and/or disability support.

You can apply under three distinct categories:

  • Artist: The residency program lends itself to the creation of a wide variety of work including film, video, virtual reality, game development, textile, metal, woodwork, 3D printing, sonic arts, installation, performance, and more, with access to a wide range of equipment, tools, and technologies. Participants can mix and match these benefits according to their needs.
  • Researchers: Artists, scholars, curators, archivists, writers, and theorists are invited to propose new or in-progress research in the area of emergent media arts practices towards the publication of critical texts, scholarly research, or production of curatorial projects. For researchers, the residency can provide institutional library access, Squeaky Wheel’s microcinema for private viewings, among other benefits according to their needs.
  • Silo City (Summer sessions only): artists are invited to submit proposals to create and present a public performance at Silo City’s Marina A, which utilizes its unique sonic, visual qualities, and/or industrial history and legacy. The Silo City Resident will have access to the properties on Silo City for a performance that utilizes media, sound, and/or emergent technologies. Equipment from Squeaky Wheel will be available to the resident pending availability. Please note: The Silo City Resident is responsible for their own transportation to and from Silo City for site visits; Squeaky Wheel highly recommends the resident have access to a car. If your project is selected, we will work with you to see how we can help your project come to fruition in light of the pandemic.


Applicants must have a social security number in order to receive payment by filling out a W9; all payments are made via check. Full-time students are not eligible to apply. Local residents who have received a residency or solo exhibition at Squeaky Wheel must wait a period of two years before applying again to the residency.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit a completed application form explaining their interest in the residency and what they hope to accomplish. We highly recommend reading the Application Overview document. 

  • Read the Application Instructions (updated February 2021). The document contains information about the types of residencies available; residency details and expectations; the jury process and selection criteria; the list of questions asked in the application form, and explanations of the questions; a list of equipment available; and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • Apply! Click this link to fill out the Application Form (Google Form Link.)

Financial assistance up to $1000 is available for child care and/or disability support. Artists and researchers with disabilities can find accessibility information regarding Squeaky Wheel here. As the residency can have off-site components, we encourage applicants to inquire with the curator regarding any accessibility needs for the residency, including assistance with filling out the application. Indigenous people, people of color, women, 2SLGBQTIA+ individuals, and artists who face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply.

Questions can be directed to Squeaky Wheel’s curator Ekrem Serdar at ekrem@squeaky.org

The Spring session of the Workspace Residency is dedicated in loving memory to former Squeaky Wheel board member Marguerite Doritty (1923-2020). Doritty was an important supporter of Buffalo’s media arts community, and she is greatly missed. Read about her legacy here.

Workspace Residency is supported by generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters. We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals that have contributed to the development of this residency: RivetCommon Field; Arts & Accessibility: A Promise and a Practice by Carolyn Lazard; Julia Rose Sutherland; and conversations and input from previous residents and applicants.