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Martin House Creative Residency Program

Creative Residency Program

After an overwhelming response to the call for applications, the Martin House has selected two creative residents for the 2023 inaugural season: Alexandra Light and Jessica Mehta, PhD. Read more about these creative makers and their site-specific projects.

Thank you to the more than 350 applicants who expressed interest in the program. We were inspired by all of the ideas presented in the applications and welcome those not selected to apply for the 2024 program.

Autumn 2023 Creative Resident: Jessica Mehta

Jessica Mehta

A native of the occupied land of what is often referred to today as Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Jessica Mehta joins the Martin House in autumn 2023 to take inspiration from Wright’s architecture and revert it back to an Indigenous creation.

An accomplished artist and poet, her project is titled ‘The Indigenous Influence on Wright’s Prairie School Through Poetics.’ The work done during the residency will culminate in a chapbook that focuses on what “home” means and how our ideas of shelter/housing have progressed throughout the years – often with an Indigenous perspective.

Jessica Mehta has received several writer-in-residencies around the world which were pivotal in supporting the creation of 15 books during her career, such as the Hosking Houses Trust residency with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK) and the Acequia Madre House post (located on the occupied lands typically called “Santa Fe, New Mexico” today). Jessica’s books have received myriad accolades such as the Cultural Awareness Book of the Year (2021) award from the Human Relations Indie Book Awards for The Wrong Kind of Indian and the 2021 American Book Fest gold award in Urban Poetry for Selected Poems: 2000–2020.

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About the Residency Program

The Martin House Creative Residency Program is a newly established project-based residency that provides creative individuals a designated time and space to develop new works of the imagination inspired by one of the great examples of 20th century architecture. The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Nurture creativity by offering individuals from multiple disciplines a thought-provoking environment in which to produce works and present them to our community.
  • Expand interpretation of our site through active solicitation of diverse perspectives and voices.
  • Provide audiences across racial, ethnic, and economic lines an opportunity to discover and engage more fully with the Martin House and the creative arts.
  • Strengthen the Martin House and the region as a center for architecture, art, design, and culture.

The residency is a competitive program that is open to applicants who seek the resources to support ongoing projects or the creation of new work. Creative makers who are selected to participate will generally spend 2-4 weeks onsite either consecutively or incrementally within the specified residency term. Length of stay is project-based and determined by the needs of the applicant and in alignment with the Martin House schedule.

Residents are also expected to deliver a free public program, performance, exhibition, or other creative presentation in order to share their Martin House-inspired work with the larger public.

End-products may revolve around many of the themes central to the Martin House. Subjects of inquiry may relate to architecture, art, art history, landscape, building and design, social history, state and local history, issues of gender, race and class, modernism, urbanism, housing and gentrification, business and industry, the history of technology, cultural studies, engineering and applied sciences, for example.

Applications are accepted in two distinct categories:

  • Artists: The residency program supports the development and presentation of creative works representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices.
  • Researchers: The program also provides opportunities for writers, researchers, scholars, critics, and cultural theorists to publish texts or produce projects in various fields, specifically as they relate to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Martin House.

Individuals in all stages of their creative practice may submit proposals to the residency program from the following arts and humanities disciplines, including but not limited to: architecture, design, historic preservation, literature, music, dance, theater, film, and related areas of exploration. Creative makers from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are especially encouraged to apply.

Acceptance is competitive and based on the review of applications by a selection committee. The selection panel is composed of at least 4 members from the local and national community, as well as Martin House staff. Applications will be rated on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Artistic and intellectual merit of the proposal as covered in the project description, work samples, resume, and previous creative experiences.
  • Feasibility of the completion of the project as proposed and within the time and resources offered.
  • Relevance of the project to the stated goals of the Martin House Creative Residency Program.
  • Quality of the proposed public engagement program, performance, exhibition, or presentation inspired by the Martin House.

Benefits of the Residency Program

Residents will have wide-ranging access to our architectural campus composed of three Wright-designed homes set within a historic landscape, as well as an award-winning contemporary glass structure conceived by architect Toshiko Mori as an exhibition and visitor space.

Residents will receive a stipend of $5,000. 50% of the stipend will be provided upon arrival to Buffalo; the other 50% will be offered upon completion of the project. Travel expenses of up to $1,000 will also be provided to residents who are from outside the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Individuals selected to participate will room on campus at the Gardener’s Cottage as part of their residency.

Residents will have heightened access to Martin House collections and collections information. Other locally-accessible research resources are available through:

The Creative Residency Program is an opportunity for the Martin House to respond to and engage with our community. We anticipate that it will lead to more robust interpretations of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Martin House, and the people who once lived and worked here so as to expand the dialogue as to what great architecture is and why it matters.

For more information about the Martin House, we invite you to browse the Explore section of the website.

Application period now closed

Frequently Asked Questions

What residency programs do you offer?

Creative makers may submit proposals in two distinct categories. The Artist Program supports the development and presentation of creative works. The Researcher Program provides opportunities to conduct research that will lead to published texts or projects in various fields, specifically as they relate to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Martin House.

When can I apply?

We anticipate an open application period in early 2024 for the 2024 Residency Term.

How long is the residency term?

Residents will spend 1-3 weeks onsite, either consecutively or incrementally, within a given term. Martin House will make every attempt to be flexible with scheduling. Length of stay is project-based and determined by the needs of the applicant and in alignment with the Martin House calendar.

Is there a fee to apply to the residency program?

Currently there is no fee to apply to the program.

Do you have to be a US citizen to apply?

We accept all applicants who have a US social security number, including permanent residents, Optional Practical Training (OPT) holders, and Indigenous peoples who have the right to live and work in the United States as part of the Jay Treaty. At this time, the Martin House Residency Program cannot assist with the process of obtaining a visa.


Can collectives or collaborative teams apply?

Due to the constraints of housing on our historic property, we are currently not able to host collectives or collaborative teams.

Are participants required to lead a program while in residence?

Residents are expected to deliver a free community program, performance, exhibition, or other creative presentation in order to share their Martin House-inspired work with the larger public.

How are creative residents compensated?

The Martin House provides a stipend, as well as a travel stipend for all non-local participants. In addition, we offer accommodations and sitewide high-speed wi-fi throughout the duration of the residency.

What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations are provided in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gardener’s Cottage, located on our 1.5-acre campus. Residents are offered a climate-controlled, lockable private bedroom on the home’s second floor, as well as a private bathroom.

We supply all blankets, towels, and bedding. We also provide desk space, basic office supplies, on-site laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen, and basic pantry items for your stay.

Please note: as a historic site, we rely on a vibrant tour program to support our operations. You should expect public tours to visit the first-floor spaces of the Gardener’s Cottage during business hours as a condition of your stay with the residency program.

Are the accommodations accessible for persons with disabilities?

Our historic property is not fully accessible for persons with disabilities, including our accommodations in the Gardener’s Cottage.

Can I invite my spouse or family to stay with me during the residency?

Spouses or family members may stay on site for short-term visits with prior approval from the Martin House. We cannot accommodate spouses, family members, or guests for an extended stay.

What is there to do in the surrounding area?

The Martin House is located in Parkside—a historic residential neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. Our property is located one block away from Delaware Park—a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed green space in the heart of the city. We are also surrounded by a wealth of great architecture, museums, art spaces, libraries, and other cultural, educational, and recreational venues.

The city also boasts a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and breweries, and independent retailers, some of which are within walking or biking distance. If interested, we will provide residents with a bicycle for convenient access to neighborhood offerings during their stay with the program.

We encourage you to explore the Visit Buffalo Niagara website to learn more about Western New York.

What are your COVID-19 protocols?

The Martin House requires that all residents provide current proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their arrival.

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