Far enough from metropolitan areas to gain a sense of natural perspective, but close enough to benefit from the thriving culture of the Hudson Valley and New York City,Freehold Art Exchange is an artist residency, local community, and bucolic natural retreat. The residency is located on fifty-seven acres of wooded land near the Catskills in the small town of Freehold, NY. Residents share a three-bedroom farmhouse with the residency founder and director and workin shared studio spaces in the repurposed dairy barn. Residents are invited to participate in the communal garden.
Freehold Art Exhange was founded in an economic climate where resources for artists are becoming more scarce and competitive. We provide a sliding-scale tiered residency structure so artists can consider utilizing our facilities regardless of income. We offer both a work/exchange residency where artists can directly contribute with their skills and labor and a fee-based residency where artists can opt to fully immerse themselves in their work and the Hudson Valley.
Eventually we hope to offer an annual scholarship residency and a community service residency, where artists participate in local community-based projects such as art education.We are committed to creating an alternative option for artists, one based on community and collaboration. The studios and culture of Freehold Art Exchange were developed from the collaboration between local and resident artists, craftsmen and thinkers who gave their time and energy in exchange for studio access and quiet respite. We are committed to using our network to help artists develop their ideas and make meaningful relationships. Ideally, our residents become a part of our artistic community.