Living on Campus
Most Art New England participants stay on campus and choose single living accommodations. Dorms are colonial style houses and students share communal bathrooms (typically 2–3 participants per bathroom, there are several bathrooms on each floor). Double (shared) rooms also are available; if you come alone and choose shared accommodations we will place you with another participant who requests shared also. Linens, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided.
Accommodations include all meals, beginning with dinner on Sunday evening and ending with lunch on the following Saturday. Meals are served buffet style (all you can eat) and there are always many options, including vegetarian and vegan entrees a huge salad bar, and many dessert options at each meal.
A fully equipped gym and hiking trails are available for daily exercise. In addition, Art New England shares the campus with other programs—including The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East which contributes to the sense of creative energy on campus.
Some participants choose to stay off campus. Off-campus students are provided with Sunday night dinner and lunch every day (included in the price of tuition) and may purchase breakfast and/or dinner from the cafeteria.
For names of B&Bs, motels and restaurants in the area, contact the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, http://www.bennington.com/lodging/
The extended stay option is for participants who want to take advantage of the Art New England environment for a week before or after their workshop without being enrolled. Students receive accommodations (room and meals) plus studio space, allowing them to continue work they’ve begun the previous week, or begin working a week before their workshop starts. It is also a great time to explore the many extraordinary museums and cultural resources located near Bennington: Mass MOCA, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, Tanglewood, and the Marlboro Music Festival. The extended stay is on a space available basis and your space will be confirmed in June.
The Visual and Performing Arts Complex (VAPA) at Bennington College is renowned for its superb, light filled studio spaces. It includes studios for painting and drawing, a fully-equipped printmaking studio, and ceramic studios with electric, gas, and Raku kilns. Studios are open 24 hours.
On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings faculty in residence discuss their work in lectures open to all from 7:30–8:30. From 8:30–10pm there is open life drawing, available to all participants. Art New England shares the Bennington campus with The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East and often the delightful sounds of their practice fill the air. On Wednesday evenings in Weeks 2 and 3 they usually present a concert, free and open to the public.