Light Work

Light Work

  1. About

Light Work is an artist-run, non-profit photography and digital media center that has supported artists since 1973. Light Work’s facility in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center includes multiple galleries and affordable workspace through Community Darkrooms.

Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 360 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim.

The residency includes a $4,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, printing for a specific project or book, and so on. Artists are not obligated to teach at our facility, though we hope that the artists are friendly and accessible to local artists. Work produced by the Artists-in-Residence will also be published in Light Work’s publication


Light Work/Community Darkrooms/Urban Video Project
Robert B. Menschel Media Center
316 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

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